Funding boost delivers 3.5 million extra meals on wheels
Minister for Ageing, Julie Bishop, and the NSW Minister for Ageing and Disability, John Della Bosca, announced a funding boost to NSW Home and Community Care services annual plan will provide frail older Australians, people with disabilities and their carers.
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The Hon Julie Bishop MP9 June 2005
Minister for Ageing
The Hon John Della Bosca MLC
New South Wales Minister for
Ageing and Disability Services
A more than $30 million funding boost to NSW Home and Community Care services annual plan will provide frail older Australians, people with disabilities and their carers with an extra 3.5 million meals delivered to their homes, the Australian Government Minister for Ageing, Julie Bishop, and the NSW Minister for Ageing and Disability, John Della Bosca, said today.
The $31.9 million boost to Home and Community Care services takes total HACC in NSW this year to $414 million.
Ms Bishop said the funding boost would also provide for an extra 190,000 hours of domestic support, such as cleaning and shopping, to help frail older people and younger people with disabilities remain living in their own home and communities.
Over $20 million in funding was announced today for these New South Wales projects.
“The funding includes $46,000 for Bay and Basin Community Resources Inc. to provide centre-based day care and transport services to residents in the Shoalhaven,” Ms Bishop said.
“Carrington Centennial Trust will receive $225,000 to provide domestic support services in Camden, Campbelltown and Wollondilly.”
“By funding Home and Community Care services we are helping to create caring communities and fulfil the wishes of older New South Wales residents who are increasingly seeking to live as independently as possible in their own homes,” Ms Bishop said.
Mr Della Bosca said the funding would help families and carers support the most vulnerable in the community.
“One of the strengths of the aged, disability and community care sectors is the strong partnerships that exist between government and non-government providers,” Mr Della Bosca said.
“We need to build on these partnerships if we are going to meet the challenges ahead. Only through this type of cooperation can we build the capacity of our communities and ensure people maintain a decent quality of life.
“The Carr Government is committed to strengthening these links to help communities provide improved support to the aged, people with a disability, their families and carers,” Mr Della Bosca added.
This financial year, about $1.3 billion has been provided nationwide for the Home and Community Care program, with the Australian Government contributing more than $791 million.
Media contacts:Rachael Thompson (Ms Bishop) 0417 265 289
Daniel Dew (Mr Della Bosca) 0401 122 951
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