Tamworth stakeholder meeting on next stage of NSW Government 10-year initiative to improve disability services.
People living in Tamworth are meeting today to give their views on the next stage of Stronger Together - the Keneally Government's 10-year plan to expand and improve services for people with a disability and their families.
The Minister for Disability Services, Peter Primrose, who will take part in the stakeholder meeting with the Member for Tamworth, Peter Draper, said that the public, particularly those who either accessed or provided disability services, had a vital interest in the services provided by Stronger Together.
"As many as 30 representatives including people with a disability, families and carers, peak bodies and service providers have been invited to attend a face-to-face consultation session in Tamworth today," Mr Primrose said.
"This process is a good way for the NSW Government to ask local people what they thought worked well and what could be improved over the next five years of Stronger Together.
"People can comment through the aging, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) website or email their suggestions."
Mr Primrose said the 2010-11 Budget had delivered $57 million for aging, Disability and Home Care in the New England region - an increase of 8% on 2009-10 and an increase of more than 60% since Stronger Together was introduced in 2006.
"There have been a lot of improvements in this region since Stronger Together was launched including more than $29 million for over 200 specialist support and accommodation places in the first three years," Mr Primrose said.
In the New England district alone, the first three years of Stronger Together have provided an additional:
"We want to see this momentum continue and that's why we're asking stakeholders to join us in the consultation session about the future of Stronger Together."
Earlier this month a small group of families, peak bodies and service providers attended an initial briefing and consultation session at Parliament House.
As well as the Tamworth session, further consultations are being held in 12 other cities and regional locations from the end of June to mid-July.
Mr Primrose said that following the statewide consultations, a cross-section of people with a disability, families and service providers would be invited to attend a final state-wide round table in Sydney at the end of July to report back on the outcome of the consultations.
Mr Primrose said that in its first three years Stronger Together had met or exceeded all targets, creating 20,000 more disability services places in the areas of greatest need.
"While we are pleased with the success of Stronger Together so far, it is important that we hear the views of people that provide services and people that use services and that they help shape the future of disability services in NSW."
For details about Stronger Together or to provide input visit www.dadhc.nsw.gov.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org or post written comments to Stronger Together, Consultation Feedback, Level 5, 83 Clarence Street, Sydney, 2000.
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