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Additional funds and bus for Wagga respite service

16 May 2012

Minister for Ageing and Disability Services, Andrew Constance today announced additional funds to support the growing demand for respite care in Wagga Wagga and surrounding areas.

"Carers of young people with a disability, the frail and aged also require support," said Minister Constance.

"They do a fantastic job and these funds will help meet the high demand for respite in the area." Minister Constance said the Member for Wagga Wagga, Daryl Maguire has been a strong advocate for the community and is pleased to be able to deliver additional funds to Family Link Care & Support.

The Minister said the government is committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for older people, younger people with a disability, their families and carers through community based care with the provision of more person centred services.

Family Link Care & Support Services will receive the additional $50,000 on top of the $856,000 it receives to fund respite services to the region as well as $60,000 for a wheelchair accessible vehicle.

Daryl Maguire, Member for Wagga Wagga said, "Family Link Care & Support provide an invaluable service in our community. I am delighted to have Minister Constance here today, the additional support provided will go a long way to provide better access for frail older people and people with disabilities."

"We are very grateful for this extra support for services," said Family Link Care & Support CEO Sharon Quarmby.

"The vehicle will also help us improve the experience of respite care for people including the opportunity for them to participate more in community and social events."

Family Link Care & Support Services is a non-government organisation providing support for the independence and quality of life for people who are frail aged and younger people with a disability through the provision of flexible respite, personal care and individual support.

The funding, jointly provided by the Australian and NSW Governments, will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the Home and Community Care (HACC) service system which assists and supports people to live as independently as possible in their own homes.

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