Extra $171 million in disability support for Cumberland-Prospect area under Stronger Together.
People with a disability living in the Cumberland-Prospect area will benefit from an injection of $170.67 million in new growth funding under Stronger Together, the NSW Government's 10-year initiative to expand disability services.
The Minister for Disability Services, Peter Primrose, and the Member for Toongabbie, Nathan Rees, made the announcement during a briefing session on the second phase of Stronger Together in Toongabbie attended by families of people with a disability and providers of support services to them.
Mr Rees welcomed the new funding and said that it would take the total funding for the 10-years of Stronger Together for the area to $282 million.
"This extra investment will create more than 5,500 new places in disability services, taking the number of new places created under Stronger Together in the area to almost 8,800," Mr Rees said.
"It will make a significant difference for people with a disability, their families and carers."
The government has committed the money to the second five year phase of Stronger Together from 2011 to 2016.
The government announced in December that it had committed an extra $2 billion to the initiative, taking the total since the program began in 2006 to more than $5.5 billion.
Mr Primrose said that this was the largest investment in disability services in NSW's history and the most significant investment made by a State Government in Australia.
"The strategy for the second phase of Stronger Together has, to a very large degree, resulted from suggestions that came from 15 consultation sessions the government held around the State in the middle of last year," he said.
"People told us what they wanted and we have responded to their suggestions and now we are going back to those audiences around the State to outline to them, what we have included in the next phase of Stronger Together.
"They are the people who are at the heart of the disability sector and deserve to have first hand knowledge of what we are proposing.
"While what we have achieved already is extremely pleasing, we want to seek comment from the people who provide the services and those who use them, to see how we can further improve Stronger Together."
Mr Primrose said that a key feature of the second phase of Stronger Together would be the person centered approach that was being taken to the funding and provision of services.
"In future, people with a disability, their families and carers will be at the center of decision-making and will be able to make their own life choices about the disability services that will best suit them, rather than fitting into the type of service ADHC delivers."
Stronger Together, which provides a new direction for disability services in NSW, was launched in 2006 to make life better for people of all ages with a disability and those who care for them. In its first four years Stronger Together met or exceeded all its targets.
Mr Primrose said that before Stronger Together, some 44,610 places were available to people with a disability, but at the end of the first phase, more than 29,000 extra places would have been delivered, substantially above the commitment of 18,100 places.
Today's briefing in Toongabbie was one of 14 such briefing sessions the government is holding around the State over the coming few weeks.
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