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Swimmers dive in to help people with disability

2 March 2014

Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today joined hundreds of people at the YMCA Swimathon to help people with disability stay safe in the water. 

“I am so happy to be here today with the Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly encouraging swimmers to dive in and raise funds to support programs for those most at risk of drowning, including people with disability." 

Mr Conolly said money raised at this year’s YMCA Swimathon will go directly to local communities in NSW to run swimming and water safety programs.

“Last year, 2,500 swimmers jumped into pools at more than 50 locations across the nation to raise more than $210,000 – what a great achievement.

“This is about building opportunities for people with disability and encouraging greater social inclusion and interaction,” he said. 

Minister Ajaka said the NSW Government is working hard to improve the way it supports people with disability in their communities. 

“In the next five years, there will be many changes in the disability sector that will encourage people with disability to have more choice and control in the way they live their lives,” Mr Ajaka said. 

“The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be fully operational by 2018 and will bring the total expenditure for disability support in NSW to $6.4 billion.

“The NDIS will benefit around 140,000 people with disability in NSW and there will be an increase choice of service providers. 

“We are committed to a disability service system that increases choice and control for people living with disability.”

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