Two Innisfail service providers will share in $3,500 funding to host events during Disability Action Week.

Cassowary Coast Regional Council and Autism Queensland will receive $2,500 and $1,000 respectively to host events during the week which will run from 13 to 19 September 2015.

Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said there was huge interest in the Disability Community Event Grants this year, with more than double the number of community groups vying for grants compared to 2014.

“Disability Action Week is all about celebrating the contribution people with disability make in every community and raising awareness of their needs,” Mr Pitt said.

“That’s why I’m delighted that the Cassowary Coast Regional Council and Autism Queensland will host events in Innisfail during Disability Action Week that runs from13–19 September 2015.”

Mr Pitt said making Queensland communities welcoming to everyone was more important than ever as Queensland gets ready to start the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from 1 July 2016.

“The NDIS will benefit thousands of Queenslanders with disability, their families, carers and the wider community by enabling greater social and economic participation of people with disability,” he said

“When the NDIS is fully implemented by 30 June 2019, around 97,000 Queenslanders with disability are expected to be included in the scheme.”

Cassowary Coast Regional Council and Autism Queensland were two of 50 applicants from across the state sharing in almost $150,000 available to promote how people with disability may access and be included in their community.

To find out about the events being held in your area during Disability Action Week or to add an event to the online calendar, visit: