[singlepic id=406 w=320 h=240 float=left] Disability Services Minister and State Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt has announced a $29,646 State Government funding boost to provide more local respite services for children with a disability.

Mr Pitt said the Innisfail District Flexi Respite Association would receive $29,646 a year to provide flexible respite options to local children and their families.

He said the boost was part of a $1.8 million a year Statewide early intervention initiative targeting children aged 0-12 years.

“This is a significant expansion of respite services for young Queenslanders,” Mr Pitt said.

“It will give families access to short-term breaks which support them in their caring role, while their children get a chance to a positive experience outside the family home.

“Activities might include vacation care, sports days, sibling groups, overnight camps and weekends away – these services make a real difference to children’s quality of life.”

Mr Pitt said the State Government’s Building bright futures action plan for children with a disability has a strong focus on early intervention.

“The early years of a child’s life have a significant impact on his or her future health, development, learning and wellbeing,” he said.

“Our action plan for children focuses on early intervention and putting the supports in place children need to get the best start in life.

“That’s what this extra respite funding is all about, and it will make a real difference to children’s quality of life and their families.”

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