[singlepic id=428 w=320 h=240 float=left] Older people and people with a disability in Innisfail are now more mobile than before thanks to a new St John’s Community Care bus.
Member for Mulgrave and Disability Services Minister Curtis Pitt said St John’s Community Care had received $145,000 in Queensland Government funding earlier this year to buy a new vehicle and had purchased a new 15-seat Toyota Coaster bus.
Mr Pitt today met with locals using the new service.
“This was part of a state-wide commitment of $6.5 million as part of the Home and Community Care program to help community organisations around Queensland buy new vehicles,” Mr Pitt said.
“This bus is already being used to drive clients, located from Tully to Babinda, to community-based activities, appointments and respite care.
“Organisations like St John’s Community Care provide invaluable support to help many older people and people with a disability to remain living in their own homes and to actively participate in their communities.
“Without these support services many of these people would have to move prematurely into residential care.”
The Home and Community Care program is a joint Commonwealth and State Government program that provides funding to support older people and younger people with a disability to remain living at home.
Mr Pitt said St John’s Community Care had received more than $6.5 million in HACC funding over the past three years to continue its outstanding work in the community.
“Home and Community Care services include domestic assistance, personal care, social support, home modifications, transport, centre-based day services and respite care services,” he said.
“This funding contributes to the Queensland Government’s Toward Q2: Tomorrow’s Queensland vision of supporting safe and caring communities, along with the record $1.61 billion commitment to disability and community care services for 2010-11.”