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$167M Increase in Disability Funding for North Sydney Area

  • Synopsis: Published: 2011-02-20 - Families of people with disability and organizations attended a meeting to hear details of the second five year phase of Stronger Together the NSW Government initiative to expand disability services. For further information pertaining to this article contact: Department of aging, Disability and Home Care.

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Northern Sydney area to benefit from $167 million increase in disability funding...

Families of people with a disability and organizations that provide support services to them on Sydney's North Shore attended a public meeting to hear details of the second five year phase of Stronger Together, the NSW Government's 10-year $5.5 billion initiative to expand disability services.

The Premier, Kristina Keneally, announced in December that the NSW Government had committed an extra $2 billion to the initiative, taking the total since the program began in 2006 to more than $5.5 billion.

The Minister for Disability Services, Peter Primrose, said that this was the largest investment in disability services in NSW's history and the most significant investment made by any government in Australia.

"Under the second stage of Stronger Together, the NSW Government will provide over $98 million in new growth funding to the Northern Sydney local planning," Mr Primrose said.

"This represents an increase of more than $167 million for the region over the course of the 10 years of Stronger Together.

"As a result of this extra money, the number of places available under the various programs will increase by over 4,000 and almost double the size of the service system in the region.

"I'm sure this will be welcomed by all those who seek support from disability services in this area."

Mr Primrose said that the strategy for the second phase of the program had been informed by feedback from 15 consultation sessions the held around NSW in the lead up to the announcement last year.

"Now, we are going back to those audiences to outline to them, what we have included in the next phase of Stronger Together.

"People have told us what they wanted and we have responded to their suggestions and we now want to hear their comments on what we are proposing."

Mr Primrose said that a key feature of the second phase 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 available within the disability system".

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 as an example 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 will have been delivered, substantially above the commitment of 18,100 places.

The meeting is the second of 14 such briefing sessions the government will hold around the State over the coming few weeks. About 100 people attended the briefing at the Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club on Ryedale Road in West Ryde.



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