$1.2 MILLION FOR NEW FACILITY TO MEET ARMIDALE’S DISABILITY NEEDS

MINISTER for Disability Services John Ajaka and Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall today announced $1.26 million to construct a purpose-built facility designed to improve the lives of people with disability in the Armidale community.

 

The Minister and Mr Marshall today visited the site of the planned new five bedroom residence in Markham Street.

 

“The NSW Government is committed to providing support, care and long-term practical solutions for people with disability and their families in the Northern Tablelands area – evident in this great facility we’re announcing today,” Mr Ajaka said.

 

“The planned residence on Markham Street will be a purpose built five-bedroom home that will accommodate the needs of residents who are currently in Kirkwood Street.

 

“NSW Government funding of $1,265,000 will allow for the construction of the new contemporary property that will provide supported accommodation to five clients.

 

“Construction of the new home is expected to start in May and be completed by the end of this year.”

 

Mr Marshall said the home would be a huge boost to facilities currently available in the community to care for people with a disability and would complement another new facility already built and soon to be operational.

 

“This new building will allow the residents to age in place, ensuring that as they age and their needs change and requirement for services increase, they can be accommodated in the same residence,” he said.

 

“This means that no more will people with a disability have to be relocated to different accommodation, sometimes in different communities, which creates angst and distress for the client and his or her family.”

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