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Queensland Government media release

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is continuing to make a difference to the lives of people with disability across North Queensland, with the Townsville office front and centre of its efforts.

Disability Services Minister Coralee O’Rourke celebrated the official opening of the new permanent home of the NDIS in Stanley Street, Townsville City (6 October).

Mrs O’Rourke said it was wonderful to with clients and staff to mark another occasion for the NDIS which began rolling out in North Queensland in July 2016.

“More than 4000 people with disability living in the Townsville transition area are now receiving the services and supports they need thanks to the NDIS,” she said.

“This office which employs 81 locals is at the heart of the efforts to improve the lives of local people with disability in Townsville.

“As I travel around the region, I am heartened to meet so many families that are benefiting from the NDIS and hearing first-hand about how the scheme is improving their lives and providing options they have not had before to help them achieve their goals.”

This includes 26-year-old Townsville resident Dwaine Allan who has Cerebral Palsy and spoke at the opening today about how the NDIS is making a real difference to his life.

Following his dreams and living independently like any other young person his age were among the key benefits of the NDIS, he told guests at the opening.

Mrs O’Rourke said that by mid-2019, the NDIS was expected to inject $240 million into the North Queensland economy each year and have created up to 950 extra jobs.

For more information on the NDIS, visit www.ndis.gov.au The NDIS Hotline is 1800 800 110 and for people with hearing or speech loss, phone TTY 1800 555 677.

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