Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has taken acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack to Yarram to meet residents, families and staff at Mirridong Services.
Mirridong Services will receive $2.32 million from the Federal Government to provide more supported living accommodation for people with a disability from the Yarram area.
Mr Chester said he wanted Mr McCormack to see first-hand how the funding would change the lives of so many people.
“With the parents of many people with a disability now aged in their 70s and 80s, the new supported living units will give them peace of mind for when they can no longer provide the care their child needs,” Mr Chester said.
“Unfortunately for many, aged care facilities are the only option when emergencies arise and parents are unable to care for their adult children.
“Mirridong, its staff, residents and others who take part in its programs are a much-loved and valued part of the Yarram community.
“The ability to make a real and meaningful difference in the lives of those some of our most vulnerable and deserving people, such as Mirridong’s families, is a great privilege.”
The funding was allocated to Mirridong Services through the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund to build fully accessible supported living units. The bedrooms will fit a double bed, small couch, desk and wardrobe, and have an adjoining ensuite. There will also be ensuite bedrooms and offices for carers.
Construction of the new units will provide six to 12 months work for local tradespeople.
Once operational, there will be permanent part-time work of around 30 hours a week for 10 staff members and four part-time positions of 10-15 hours a week to help with community participation programs on weekends and holidays.