[singlepic id=335 w=320 h=240 float=left]As part of Operation Queenslander, Disability Services Minister Curtis Pitt has announced extra funds to support people with a disability affected by cyclone Yasi and the floods in the Cairns area.

Mr Pitt said ARC Disability Services in Manunda would receive more than $120,000 to help them support and care for people with a disability.

“The road to recovery is more than rebuilding roads and buildings. It’s also about restoring well-being. These funds will help ARC to continue to reach out and help people with a disability, particularly in these tough times,” Mr Pitt said.

Mr Pitt commended staff at ARC Disability Services in Manunda for their dedication in reaching out and giving a helping hand to people with a disability, their families and carers.

“The services they deliver are invaluable. For instance, ARC staff stepped in to help a young Tully woman with a disability relocate to Cairns after her unit and all her belongings were destroyed in the cyclone.

“The young woman had been living independently in Tully with help from a friend. ARC has arranged for a service provider to make sure her needs are met until she can move into permanent housing.

“That’s the sort of work ARC does. They’re a hub for our local community and their workers are the salt of the earth,” he said.

“The cyclone and the floods have had a big impact on people with a disability in our community. Good on ARC, for giving them the extra help they need to get their lives back on track,” Mr Pitt said.

“Many people have been displaced from their homes out of our recent disasters and they need a bit of extra help and support so they can stay somewhere safe and comfortable until they’re able to return home.

“With these funds, ARC Disability Services will be able to continue to do what they do best – look after the needs of people with a disability, their families and carers,” he said.

Minister Pitt said $2 million would be distributed to a number of non-government organisations across Queensland to help them deliver crisis accommodation and respite care for people with a disability.

“Service providers on the ground in communities affected by the disasters might use the funds to carry out urgent repairs to temporary accommodation or to engage interpreters and translators,” Mr Pitt said.

“These funds are about delivering the right support at the right time to help people with a disability, their families and carers.

“They need to know they’re not alone and that if they feel the need for extra support, there is somewhere to turn and someone to turn to,” he said.