25 September 2015
QUEENSLAND NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME LAUNCH SITE ANNOUNCED IN TOWNSVILLE
Cootharinga North Queensland is honoured that Premier Palaszczuk, today, chose our offices in Townsville to announce the launch site for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Queensland for children with a disability, 17 years of age and under. The launch site will cover the local government areas of Townsville, Charters Towers and Palm Island and is due to commence in April, 2016.
The NDIS is a life-long scheme which will change the lives of individuals and families living with a disability for the better. Currently there is an unacceptably high number of individuals and families across North Queensland, Queensland and Australia, who do not receive government funding for disability support services and either have to pay for that support out of their own pockets or, more often, not access any at all.
Cootharinga is confident that the introduction of the NDIS, commencing with children 17 and under and their families in the Queensland launch site, will enable North Queenslanders with a disability to access supports to assist them live a quality life and pursue their life goals and opportunities like any other Australian.
To be chosen as the place for this historic NDIS Queensland launch site announcement is a great honour and reflects the strong support that Cootharinga, our partners in Ability First Australia, and North Queenslanders in general, have given for the introduction of the NDIS.
The launch site announcement was witnessed by many families who will benefit from the introduction of the NDIS and was attended by many influential and supportive dignitaries. These included Bruce Bonyhady – Chair of the Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency; The Honourable Coralee O’Rourke – Minister for Disability Service, Minister for Seniors, and Minister Assisting the Premier in North Queensland. Mayor Frank Beveridge – Charters Towers, Mayor Alf Lacey Palm Island, Aaron Harper – MP Thuringowa; Scott Stuart – MP Townsville; local members of the Queensland State Parliament and senior government officials.