Disability house a boost to region

The official ribbon cutting of the new Access Accommodation units.
The official ribbon cutting of the new Access Accommodation units.

EMERALD'S first purpose-built disability house has officially opened, able to house four people with a disability and an on-site rostered carer.

Disability Services Minister Curtis Pitt cut the ribbon with the help of Central Highlands Deputy Mayor Paul Bell, and said the new house was a great outcome for the three new residents, with the fourth yet to be identified.

"Each of the residents will have their own room with common living areas so that they can enjoy each other's company," Mr Pitt said.

"It's also a great outcome for their aging parent carers who will get a chance to enjoy a well-earned break."

Mr Pitt praised the work of Access Accommodation, and especially Sue Coad, for efforts to secure more local disability housing and said the organisation had played a crucial role in making the units a reality.

"They took up the fight in 2007 to secure more supported disability accommodation, helping to achieve a fantastic result for the new residents and their aging parent carers," he said.

Cr Paul Bell helped plant a tree, which he said was symbolic of the growth in the partnership between the local and state governments, and Access Accommodation.

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