Ann Sudmalis, Federal Member for Gilmore has welcomed the announcement that children and young adults on the South Coast will have better access to disability services and therapy following the opening of a new service centre in Catalina.
“Congratulations to Muddy Puddles. Last year I worked with the Minister for Regional Development to negotiate funding for the construction of four new consulting rooms and an amenities area which will provide more and improved disability services for the Eurobodalla region.” said Mrs Sudmalis.
“A new outdoor play area and sensory garden will extend the range of treatments on offer to include music therapy, fitness and drama therapy and other forms of rehabilitation.”
“Through a series of upgrades provided in partnership with the New South Wales Government, the new centre will provide speech therapy, occupational therapy, psychological and behavioural services and early intervention services to children and young people in the community,” Mrs Sudmalis said.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government’s investment of almost $550,000 in the project will provide a major economic boost to the region.
“By providing additional rooms the centre can continue to engage five consulting therapists, with another three roles expected in the near future,” Mr McCormack said.
“By investing in disability services in our regional communities, we are providing vital services where they are greatly needed and a sound economic future for all Australians, no matter where they live.”
The Australian Government invested $549,966 to fully fund Stage 2 of this project. The New South Wales Government contributed $1.29 million towards Stage 1.