Outgoing Minister for aging and Disability Services Paul Lynch has welcomed the appointment of Peter Primrose to the portfolio.
Mr Lynch said he was proud to be able to serve as Minister for aging and Disability Services since his appointment in September 2008.
"Over that time we continued to deliver essential programs and services to people with a disability under Stronger Together.
"The NSW Government is also planning ahead for the needs of a rapidly aging population through Towards 2030," he said.
The newly-appointed Minister for aging and Disability, Peter Primrose, said Mr Lynch had done a fantastic job in the portfolio and he looked forward to continuing his important work.
"I will continue to advocate and defend the interests of people with disabilities and the aged in our community," Mr Primrose said.
Mr Primrose has a long history of involvement with the disability sector through his past employment as a social worker and his role as a researcher on the Richmond Report, a 1983 inquiry into health services for psychiatrically ill and disabled people in NSW.
"It's very pleasing to again, more than 30 years later, be involved in carrying forward the work of making sure that people are supported and cared for in our community," Mr Primrose said.
"I am looking forward to meeting with stakeholders and continuing the implementation of of Stronger Together: A new direction for disability services in NSW."
Mr Primrose said that he would continue Mr Lynch's strong advocacy for an independent aging, Disability and Home Care Agency with a dedicated budget for disability and community care.
Mr Lynch also leaves the portfolio in a good financial state. The current aging, Disability and Home Care Budget has increased by $238 million over the previous year to a total of $2.3 billion.
"Over the past five years, the agency's recurrent budget has increased by 46.2 percent," Mr Lynch said.
Under the 10-year Stronger Together program, $1.3 billion is delivering more respite, day programs, case management, supported accommodation and other services over the first five years.
Mr Lynch said he was proud to be involved in the delivery of:
"the closure of the Peat Island Center and the construction of replacement facilities at Wadalba and Hamlyn Terrace; "replacement of the Grosvenor Center by the Summer Hill Group Homes and Respite Center; "more than 3,900 new respite places in the first three years of Stronger Together; "a record 1,176 school leavers applying to enter a post-school program this year; "2,286 therapy places for children and adults with a disability by the end of 2008-09 with the number to increase to 3700 by the end of 2010-2011; "capital works expenditure of $145.4 million this year - an increase of 26 percent - Including accommodation for people with a disability; "acceleration of the delivery of group homes with some built as quickly as 41 weeks from when the land was purchased; "a $591 million investment with the Commonwealth on Home and Community Care (HACC) services for people with a disability and frail older people; "the care careers initiative with National Disability Services to build a disability work force for the future; "revised regulations for boarding houses; "development of a new respite policy; "16 dementia day care centers under HACC;
"The Government's commitment to people with a disability remains with Mr Primrose as Minister," Mr Lynch said.
"Peter Primrose has a solid background in the care sector. He understands the essential role of government in supporting people in need," he said.
"He will also act as a strong advocate for the rights of people with a disability and promote the endless achievements of people with a disability," Mr Lynch said.
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