Gympie on Canberra lips
GYMPIE could be a step closer tomorrow to becoming a launch site for the National Disability Insurance Scheme next year.
If it is, Gympie's disabled community can look forward to becoming masters of their own destiny according to Gympie MP David Gibson.
He said disabled people could receive another $30,000 to $40,000 a year to spend on care and they would have the freedom to choose what care they needed for their lifestyle.
Mr Gibson said the current system had been described as a lottery and had different levels of care depending on where you live in Australia.
Premier Campbell Newman has announced Gympie as Queensland's nomination to be one of the four sites across the country to launch the scheme.
Mr Gibson said he was not surprised Gympie was determined as a suitable launch site as the region had a strong history of providing support services to its community.
"Gympie clearly meets all the criteria, with it being a geographically discrete area, a good mix of population, a well-developed service sector and a mix of urban and rural living," Mr Gibson said yesterday.
"This is a tremendous opportunity and will make a big difference for people with disabilities and their carers, should Gympie be successful. The NDIS is about giving people with a significant disability and their carers more power to decide what support and services they require."
The scheme site question will come up at tomorrow's meeting of the Council of Australian Governments in Canberra. The Federal Government announced $1 billion over four years would go towards the implementation of the scheme.
Two sites will be selected for the launch pilot scheme in July next year, with another two sites to launch a year later.
Mr Gibson said he was committed to the implementation of the scheme.
"Everyone knows my commitment to the NDIS being a child of two disabled parents and as such I will be working hard to promote Gympie as a launch site."