$2.4 million in funding heads to three QLD carers
THE winners of the second round of government funding for people who care for Queenslanders with a disability have been announced.
The successful applicants are:
- Life Without Barriers: $1,000,000 for the purchase and modification of an existing eight unit, two-storey property in Townsville. Four units will be rented to adults with a disability. Two units will be tenanted by a combination of carers and caretakers. The remaining two units will be rented at market rates to adults without disabilities.
- South Burnett CTC Inc: $488,000 for the construction of six, two bedroom units in a three duplex configuration in Nanango. The tenants will include elderly parent carers, adults with a disability and people who are willing to be good neighbours to the tenants with a disability.
- Uniting Church Property Trust trading as Wesley Mission Brisbane: $1,000,000 for the construction of 15 units on the organisation's own land in Mitchelton. Of these, 14 units will be tenanted by adults with a disability; the extra unit is for 24/7 staff.
In the second round of this $15 million three-year trial, grants of up to $1 million will go towards innovative accommodation options across the state.
A third round of funding is planned for later in the year, though no fixed date has been set.
Disability Services Minister Tracy Davis said three organisations would share more than $2.4 million to provide sustainable living arrangements for adults with a disability and their elderly parent carers under the Elderly Parent Carer Innovation Trial.
"Through both funding rounds we have partnered with organisations to build an additional 61 accommodation places for people with a disability who have elderly parent carers," Ms Davis said.
"Importantly, the government has invested $7.18 million to leverage projects valued at $17.2 million in total. In the second round three organisations will receive more than $2.4 million in total, towards the cost of their projects which are worth more than $6.7 million."
For more information visit www.disability.qld.gov.au