$1.4m allocated for disability housing

LOCAL adults with a disability and their elderly parents in Bundaberg will have access to better living arrangements, thanks to a $1.4 million housing project announced today.

Disability Services Minister Coralee O'Rourke announced that Regional Housing Limited and the State Government would partner in the project, which will change the lives of four local families.

"Regional Housing Limited has received $1 million in capital funding and will contribute more than $400,000 towards the four two bedroom units," said Mrs O'Rourke, who is also Minister for Seniors.

"The new accommodation will give elderly parent carers greater certainty and a sense of security for when they can no longer care for their adult son or daughter with a disability at home."

Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson welcomed the project, which will create three construction jobs.

"Long-term sustainable housing options are a win-win for Bundaberg adults with disability and their elderly parents - it's about providing a secure future," she said.

Regional Housing Limited chief executive officer Brett Hanna said he was delighted the project has been funded.

"The $1.4 million project will build two, two-bedroom duplex units which will provide adaptable housing for Bundaberg residents with an intellectual or physical impairment," he said.

"I'm very proud this project will feature some cutting edge technology that builds the independence of residents.

"Things like automatic taps, sensor lighting and inbuilt medical alert buttons make a real difference to the lives of people with disability."

The project will involve the construction of four two-bedroom units with assistive technologies.

The open-plan, accessible and adaptable units will also include extra space for the residents' families and carers to share.

The project is part of the three-year Elderly Parent Carer Innovation Trial. Eight projects are already underway state wide under the trial. 

Mrs O'Rourke said Queensland's ageing population meant that increasing numbers of elderly parent carers with adult sons and daughters with disability were looking for future security.

"Having choice and control about where and how adults with disability want to live is in line with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which is due to roll out in Queensland from July 2016," she said.

For more information about NDIS, disability support and services, including the Elderly Parent Carer Innovation Trial, visit www.disability.qld.gov.au.



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