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Respite playground gets $20,000 upgrade

10 October 2013



Minister for Ageing and Disability Services John Ajaka has announced a $20,000 upgrade for the playground at Camden’s Sunflower Cottage Respite Centre.

Mr Ajaka says the upgrade will ensure children staying at the respite facility, operated by Macarthur Temporary Family Care, experience the benefits of play.

“Play time is an important part of recovery for children; not only is it fun, it also helps to bring a bit of normality for those kids in respite,” Mr Ajaka said.

Member for Camden Chris Patterson says Sunflower Cottage caters for infants and children up to 12 years of age who have complex health needs.

“The NSW Government recognises the great work that Macarthur Temporary Family Care does for the Campbelltown community, providing family support and intervention, social support, respite and community living,” he said.

“Macarthur Care provides services for more than 45 local families each year at Sunflower Cottage, making a big difference to help improve their quality of life or recovery process.”

Macarthur Temporary Family Care General Manager, Annamaria Wood, welcomed the funding boost for the Sunflower Cottage Respite Centre.

“Once complete, the upgraded playground is sure to be a big hit with the children and their parents and carers,” she said.

“The old playground was looking a little tired and was in need of an upgrade to make sure it remained safe, accessible and most of all, fun.”

Each year, the NSW Government, through the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS), provides Macarthur Temporary Family Care with more $2 million in funding.

For more information on Sunflower Cottage or services offered by Macarthur Temporary Care, or visit the FACS website.

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