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New funding for vital Monaro service

25 June 2012

A vital Monaro service which helps children with disabilities has attracted a funding boost from the NSW Government.

Minister for Disability Services Andrew Constance and Member for Monaro John Barilaro today announced the recurrent funding for the Monaro Early Intervention Service (MEIS) would be more than doubled to $191,000.

The MEIS provides vital services to children with disabilities, their families and carers, servicing the population growth corridor of Cooma, Berridale, Jindabyne, Nimmitabel, Jerangle, Bredbo and surrounding areas.

"I have seen the wonderful work that is done at the MEIS firsthand, having visited the facility not long after becoming Minister," Mr Constance said.
"With demand for services in the local area growing at a rapid rate, it was clear that more needed to be done."

"I am delighted to announce this additional funding, which I'm sure will go a long way to meeting the needs of families and children in Monaro."

Mr Barilaro welcomed the funding boost and said it recognises the NSW Government's commitment to rural and regional NSW.

"This is a Government that stands up for the regions, and I'm delighted to see this money flow through to the Monaro Early Intervention Service," Mr Barilaro said.

"Early intervention services for children with disabilities are an investment in the future health of the community."

As demonstrated in the recent NSW Budget, with its continued growth funding for Stronger Together Two, the O'Farrell Government is committed to meeting the needs of people with a disability, their families and carers.

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