Bundaberg receives a $1.7 million disability housing boost
SIX people with disabilities in Bundaberg will be able to move out of nursing homes and public health facilities and back into the community, thanks to more than $6.6 million in statewide funding from the State Government.
Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson said the government would work with Regional Housing Limited to deliver two two-bedroom duplex units that will accommodate six local people with disability.
"I'm absolutely delighted that we've allocated close to $1.7 million to deliver these local projects, that will mean people with high physical needs can move out of aged care or public health facilities and return to their communities," Ms Donaldson said.
"The Palaszczuk Government understands how important this is for people with disability in Bundaberg, to ensure they have choice and control about where they live and to be independent.
"The projects include a range of options to help people who use wheelchairs and other equipment to live as independently as possible, and assistive technology such as environmental controls and doors that can be controlled from an iPad.
"Our investment will also generate jobs in the local construction industry, which is a win for our local community where jobs are so important."
Disability Services Minister Coralee O'Rourke said the Bundaberg housing was part of a statewide package of funding to get more than 30 people out of aged care and health facilities, in partnership with a range of community organisations.
"We're working with non-government organisations across the state to improve the lives of people with disability and achieve the best value for money for Queenslanders," Mrs O'Rourke said.
"Organisations are contributing land where new housing will be constructed, or contributing an existing building which will be modified to be fully accessible.
"We anticipate the new housing projects will be ready as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rolls out in Queensland.
"A shortage of suitable disability housing is a concern with the increased demand the NDIS will create, so I'm pleased we are investing close to $25 million in the state budget for a range of housing initiatives."