[singlepic id=348 w=320 h=240 float=left] Disability Services Minister Curtis Pitt will today hand over the keys to a specially modified new home for people with a disability in Cairns.

“Three Cairns locals, who previously lived at home with carers, are moving into a new home that’s been tailor made to meet their needs,” Mr Pitt said.

“Moving out of home is a big step toward achieving independence for anyone,” he said.

“This home will allow up to four Cairns locals with a disability to make that transition with support from Cootharinga to help them every step of the way.

“Our three residents will begin moving in on Saturday, so I’m sure they’ll enjoy looking around their new home.

“The house, which used to be a day centre, was gutted inside to make way for four bedrooms and accessible bathrooms for the tenants. The landscaping was structured so residents don’t need to use ramps to get in or out.

“Cootharinga offers on-site support 24 hours a day, seven days a week and that will provide reassurance not only the people who will live here, but also to their families and carers who are close by.

“This house is more bricks and mortar evidence that we’re achieving our priority of delivering better care and support services to Queenslanders with a disability.

“Community organisations like Cootharinga provide vital support to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and I want to take this opportunity to congratulate them on providing excellent care for Far North Queenslanders for sixty years.

[singlepic id=349 w=320 h=240 float=left] “The Bligh Government has invested more than $740,000 toward the modification of the new home.

“It’s is a prime example of what can be achieved when Government and the community sector work in partnership to improve the lives of Queenslanders with a disability.”

Mr Pitt said the Cairns project reflects the state government’s Toward Q2: Tomorrow’s Queensland vision of creating more caring communities.

People with a disability, their families and carers can find information on government supports and services at www.qld.gov.au/disability

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