OUR SAY: Coast left behind by service start date

AFTER years of pushing back the introduction of the NDIS, the State and Federal Governments have finally come to an agreement that our region will be getting the service in July 2018.

However our neighbours in Bundaberg, just up the road, will be able to access the new funding almost a year earlier in October 2017.

I was told by a department of social services spokesperson that the Fraser Coast region was not as ready for the NDIS as Bundaberg.

But given we have more than 7000 people on the disability pension in the region, compared to Bundaberg's 5300, I would say we are more than ready for more support as soon as possible.

People like Mark Farrell and Dianne Lindsey should not have to feel like their neighbours have been given a better deal, just because of their postcode.

As exciting as it is that the region finally has a date to roll out the welcome mat for the new scheme, it does not make sense to me that a region with a statistically higher demand for disability services should be placed on the back-burner.

Gympie Times


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