Geoff Provest with Sailability president Paul Dron and NSW Minister for Disability Services Andrew Constance.
Geoff Provest with Sailability president Paul Dron and NSW Minister for Disability Services Andrew Constance. Blainey Woodham

Government marks $1.89m for Tweed

TWEED residents suffering from a disability will welcome news their accommodation options are expanding across the shire.

NSW Minister for Disability Services Andrew Constance and Member for Tweed Geoff Provest met community groups yesterday and formally announced a capital works expansion.

$1.89 million was allocated in the 2011/12 Budget for projects in the Tweed with $793,250 for new six-bed villa accommodation, $600,000 for existing six-bed villa accommodation and $500,000 for a new five-bed group home.

"All governments are judged on how they treat the most vulnerable in the community and it will forever be the cornerstone of the NSW Liberals and Nationals," Mr Constance said.

"People with a disability deserve to lead long and healthy lives in an environment that's tailored to their individual needs.

"We are determined to make this happen by expanding supported accommodation."

Mr Provest welcomed the Minister's visit and said the funding will go a long way towards supporting people with a disability.

"People with a disability, their families and carers have been calling out for more supported accommodation for years.

"The O'Farrell-Stoner Government has heard that message loud and clear, and now we're getting on with delivery," Mr Provest said.

Mr Constance also discussed the Government's reforms for individualised funding, which would give people with a disability control over the services they received.

"By 2014, I want NSW to be leading the nation when it comes to client directed supports for people with a disability," Mr Constance said.

"Individualised funding will put people with a disability at the forefront of decision-making, allowing them to pick and choose the services they want, instead of being dictated to by bureaucrats."



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