The CEO of the Port Macquarie-based disability service provider ACES has challenged Cowper candidates to take seriously the voting power of people with disabilities, their families and supporters.
The peak body for non-government disability services, National Disability Services, says Cowper has 4200 residents eligible for services funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
This potential voting block, their families and the organisations that support them are looking for clear signs from their local candidates that they would be strong advocates for disability services in parliament.
NDS’s data also shows that when fully implemented in Cowper, the NDIS will create 798 new full-time-equivalent jobs in disability services, and boost the local economy by spending $151 million on disability supports, equipment and other services.
Ms Wonderley described the NDIS as ‘good social policy’.
Source: Port news