NDIS roll-out re­ceives a wel­come boost

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

PEO­PLE with dis­abil­i­ties liv­ing in the Bur­nett, Glad­stone and Rock­hamp­ton ar­eas are set to be pro­vided with im­proved ac­cess to ser­vices as the gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to roll out the Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­sur­ance Scheme.

The Car­ers Queens­land and Bushkids or­gan­i­sa­tions will share in more than $23 mil­lion in fund­ing to help de­liver es­sen­tial ser­vices across the re­gion for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and their fam­i­lies.

It is ex­pected a num­ber of ser­vice-provider staff will be based in the re­gion to pro­vide es­sen­tial com­mu­nity ser­vices.

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil mayor Rachel Cham­bers met with Min­is­ter for Dis­abil­ity Ser­vices Co­ralee O’Rourke last week to dis­cuss the roll-out of the scheme in the re­gion.

“Af­ter speak­ing with Min­is­ter O’Rourke on Tues­day I am con­fi­dent that we can be on the front foot when it comes to the NDIS roll-out in our re­gion sched­uled for June next year,” Cr Cham­bers said.

“I’m ex­cited to help our com­mu­nity think out­side the box when it comes to the NDIS de­liv­ery and cer­tainly the min­is­ter is very sup­port­ive and un­der­stand­ing of the is­sues we face in the North Bur­nett.”

Flynn MP Ken O’Dowd la­belled the scheme a great ini­tia­tive and said he ex­pects it to ben­e­fit the re­gion.

“This is a vi­tal program for the fam­i­lies and car­ers of our vast re­gion,” he said.

“The program pro­vides fund­ing for com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions to part­ner with the Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­sur­ance Agency to de­liver the NDIS in re­gional ar­eas like ours.”

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