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Fraser Coast Housing for Persons with a Disability

  • Published: 2010-01-11 : Author: Disability Housing Australia
  • Synopsis: Properties will increase amount of affordable accommodation for people with a disability in Bundaberg and Hervey Bay.

Disability Services Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk was in Urraween today to visit one of six new properties that 28 people with a disability will soon call home.

Ms Palaszczuk said the Bligh Government had invested $4 million to purchase and renovate the six properties into modern purpose-built homes.

"This is great news for people with a disability in Central Queensland as well as their families, friends and carers," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"The six properties will significantly increase the amount of suitable, affordable and sustainable accommodation for people with a disability in Bundaberg and Hervey Bay.

"The Bligh Government's aim is to provide appropriate accommodation and assistance so residents can enjoy a good quality of life and achieve their individual potential.

"The houses are in fantastic settings and I am confident they will make a very positive difference in the lives of the individuals who will soon call them home," she said

The properties are being leased from the Department of Communities by non-government service providers which will provide the specialist support required by the individuals.

The providers are Bay Support Services, Hervey Bay Community Access, Endeavor Bundaberg and Cerebral Palsy League Queensland.

Ms Palaszczuk said a further one-off funding of $180,000 would help service providers cover transition and relocation costs of the residents.

"This funding is another example of the Bligh Government's commitment to supporting people with a disability in ways that make a real difference to their lives," she said.

The properties include:

A four bedroom house at Bundaberg
A six bedroom duplex at Urangan
A four bedroom house at Hervey Bay
A four bedroom house at Hervey Bay
A four bedroom house at Booral
A six bedroom duplex at Hervey Bay

It is expected that all premises will be tenanted during January 2010.

Ms Palaszczuk said the Bligh Government had also invested $430,000 to purchase a property in Hervey Bay through the joint State-Federal Disability Assistance Package.

"This property will be home to three people with a disability who have aging carers," she said.

"This is an example of the Bligh Government responding to the specific needs of people with a disability in regional community across Queensland."

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