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New Bundaberg disability project unveiled by minister

PLANS have been unveiled today for a ground-breaking project in Bundaberg that will replace traditional disability-only housing, as part of the Newman Government's $15 million Elderly Parent Carer Innovation Trial (EPCIT).

Visiting the site in Osborn Street, Disability Services Minister Tracy Davis said the innovative accommodation would include two units for people with disability, two units for people without disability, as well as another unit for family sleepovers.

"One of the biggest issues faced by elderly parents of people with disability is what happens to their children when they can no longer care for them," Ms Davis said.

"It's comforting news for Bundaberg elderly parents, knowing that there are accommodation solutions for their loved ones so they can live the life they choose.

"Through initiatives like this, the Newman Government is revitalising frontline services for families as promised at the election, and helping Queensland to prepare for the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Ms Davis said the $1.2 million project was a partnership between the Newman Government and the Endeavour Foundation as part of the Government's EPCIT.

"The second funding round of this $15 million initiative closed yesterday, with successful applicants to be announced in the coming months," she said.

Member for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey said this project was helping to address unmet needs in the community.
"The EPCIT project in Svensson Heights will provide elderly parents with certainty when they can no longer care for their adult son or daughter with a disability," Mr Dempsey said.

Endeavour Foundation CEO David Barbagallo said Endeavour Foundation was pleased to be part of the EPCIT and expected to see many benefits flow from the project in Bundaberg.

"We especially welcome the State Government's willingness to embrace innovative approaches," Mr Barbagallo said.

"This new accommodation is designed to break down barriers to community connection and social inclusion for people with a disability, within a safe and supportive living environment.

"Importantly, the project design includes a unit where people with a disability can make a staged transition out of home, building up the skills and confidence to live independently.

"Community inclusion is fundamentally important for people with a disability to exercise the choice, control and independence they desire and deserve," he said.

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