[singlepic id=410 w=320 h=240 float=left] Disability Services Minister and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt today turned the first sod on a new housing project south of Cairns which will give three people with a disability a brighter future.

Mr Pitt said the State Government is providing the Endeavour Foundation with $555,000 to build the house in Bentley Park, which will be home to three people with a disability and an onsite carer.

He said construction will begin in January, with completion expected by the end of April 2012.

“The property is conveniently located close to local amenities, making it easier for the residents to participate in the community and enjoy visits from family and friends,” he said.

“Each room will have its own private patio area, with the house also incorporating accessible design principles and assistive technology to give residents maximum independence.”

Mr Pitt said the new house is being funded through the joint State-Commonwealth Disability Assistance Package (DAP) worth $18.3 million to Queensland over three years.

He said priority would be given to residents who have ageing parent carers.

“One of the biggest fears ageing parent carers have is what will happen to their children when they’re too old to care for them,” Mr Pitt said.

“That’s why we’re investing in more accommodation to support children with ageing parent carers.

“Parents need to have peace of mind that their children will get the care and support they need when they can no longer provide that care themselves.”

Mr Pitt said the DAP initiative is delivering 126 new beds in Queensland – including over 60 new beds for people with a disability with ageing parent carers.

Endeavour Foundation General Manager of Strategic Operations Shaun McDonagh said the Bentley Park house will be the third developed by Endeavour with DAP funding.

“For ageing carers and their loved ones, finding suitable supported accommodation is vital for a happy future,” he said.

“Endeavour Foundation brings 60 years of experience in supporting people with disabilities to this project.”

Mr Pitt said the State Government will provide ongoing funding for the house, once residents are identified by mid-2012.