Frail aged, younger people with a disability and their carers in the Far North Coast region will benefit from more than $500,000 in funding for Home and Community Care (HACC) services.

The funding is part of an $8.4 million allocation to NSW under the joint Australian and NSW Government HACC agreement.

Minister for Ageing Mrs Justine Elliot said: “Home and Community Care delivers high-quality, affordable and accessible care to meet the individual needs of older people, and their carers.

“We are constantly reminded that as people age they want to remain independent and in their own homes and communities.

“Without Home and Community Care services many people would have to move prematurely into residential care”

NSW Minister for Ageing and Disability Services Paul Lynch said seven organisations on the Far North Coast would be funded to provide additional services in key areas and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the HACC service system.

“More than $460,000 of the Far North Coast funding is recurrent and will be available each year, while the remaining $42,000 comprises one-off grants for set-up costs, such as the purchase of vehicles and other equipment,” Mr Lynch said.

Recipients of the latest allocation included:

  • Clarence Valley Community Transport – $55,000 to provide more transport services plus a one-off grant of $4000 for office equipment;
  • Community Programs Inc – $70,000 to provide social support for people with dementia in the Clarence Valley;
  • Northern Rivers Community Transport (Social Support) Inc – $110,000 to provide social support for Indigenous people in Kyogle;
  • Nimbin Health and Welfare Association Inc – $30,000 to provide social support through its day care service to Indigenous people in Lismore;
  • Northern Rivers Community Transport – $55,000 for transport services in the Lismore, Richmond Valley and Kyogle areas plus a one-off grant of $4000 for office equipment;
  • Tweed Valley Respite Service Inc – $61,451 to support a dementia resource centre in Tweed with a one-off grant of $30,000 to modify a building to house the centre; and
  • Tweed Byron Ballina Community Transport – $80,000 to establish a taxi voucher scheme in urban areas in the three shires, plus a one-off grant of $4000 for office equipment.

Mr Lynch said the additional funding was to allow service providers to meet increased demand in North Coast communities for these services.

“The mark of a decent community is one that takes care of all its citizens,” he said.

“By approving these projects, the NSW and Australian Governments are helping frail older people and younger people with a disability to live as independently as possible in their own homes, which is what most want.”

The Home and Community Care Program is a jointly funded NSW and Australian Government initiative, with NSW contributing about 40 per cent of total funding.