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Ray of sunshine for people with a disability

11 May 2012

NSW Premier and Member for Ku-ring-gai, Barry O'Farrell today officially opened the refurbished head office of Sunshine Homes at Pymble.

Mr O'Farrell was joined at the opening by the Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance.

"I congratulate Sunshine Homes on today's milestone. This is a great facility which will enable it to further improve services for some of our most vulnerable citizens," Mr O'Farrell said.

"Sunshine Homes has developed into one of the largest providers of services for people with a disability in NSW.

"As a result, it has expanded and refurbished its head office at a cost of around $700,000.

"It now delivers services in Sydney's north, the Cumberland Prospect area and the Central Coast.

"The NSW Government has provided almost $19 million to Sunshine Homes this financial year for accommodation, community access and respite services," Mr O'Farrell said.

Mr Constance said it was fitting that today's event coincided with the birth date of its founder Lorna Hodgkinson.

"Sunshine Homes was established in 1923 by Ms Hodgkinson to provide accommodation for people with a disability," Mr Constance said.

"Today it supports more than 500 clients with a range of disability and complex care needs and I'm delighted to visit the refurbished building at Pymble," he said.

The original site was a large residential centre at Gore Hill but its services have expanded to include group home support, drop-in support, respite and a number of day program services.

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