Regional consultations for Stronger Together II open - Lismore hosts first stakeholder meeting on next stage of NSW Government's 10-year initiative to improve disability services.
People living around the Northern Rivers will be given the opportunity to share their views on the next stage of Stronger Together the Government's 10-year initiative to expand services to the disability sector as part of a series of state-wide consultations.
Minister for Disability Services, Peter Primrose, said that the public, particularly those who either accessed or provided disability services, had a vital interest in the critical services provided by Stronger Together.
"We are giving people the opportunity to make contributions to the future direction of Stronger Together at a briefing and consultation session in Lismore," Mr Primrose said.
"As many as 30 representatives including people with a disability, families and carers, peak bodies and service providers will be invited to attend the face-to-face consultations.
"I urge the public and other interested parties to submit papers and to comment via a public website and email as we are keen to receive their ideas and suggestions."
Mr Primrose said a small group of families, peak bodies and service providers had attended an initial briefing and consultation session at Parliament House in Sydney earlier this month.
He said that as well as the Lismore session, the Government would be holding consultation in 12 other city 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.
"The Keneally Government will meet or exceed all targets set out in Stronger Together by the end of 2010-11 and we've already created 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."
Details about Stronger Together are available at www.dadhc.nsw.gov.au. There is an opportunity to provide input by making an online submission through email@example.com or posting written comments to Stronger Together Consultation Feedback, Level 5, 83 Clarence Street, Sydney 2000.
Mr Primrose said that the Keneally Government had invested $109 million in aging, Disability and Home Care on the Far North Coast in the 2010-11 Budget an increase of 10.1 percent on 2009-10.
The additional funding provided includes:
$1.9 million for supported accommodation including preventing young people from entering nursing homes;
$1.4 million in support for older carers;
$300,000 for extra attendant care places;
$200,000 for therapy;
$3.5 million on capital works.
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