Western Australia Minister for Disability Services Simon O’Brien
New South-East Metropolitan Respite Centre For Gosnells
Victor P Taffa
The Liberal-National Government is delivering on its State Budget promise to establish a new respite centre to cater for people with a disability, their families and carers living in the South-Eastern Metropolitan Region.
Disability Services Minister Simon O’Brien today said he was pleased to announce the new Respite Care Centre would be located in Gosnells.
The new Centre is part of the State Government’s $12 Million Election Commitment to build Five Respite Centres across Western Australia.
“Families caring for people with a disability have told me they need options beyond the family home.” Mr. O’Brien said.
“The new Respite House will offer flexible alternatives, giving families a break from their caring roles while providing much-needed services to people with disabilities.”
Southern River MLA Peter Abetz said he was pleased the Southern River and Gosnells area had been identified as the location for the new centre.
“Before the last election, families throughout the area consistently told me they needed flexible respite options to give them a break from their caring roles.” Mr. Abetz said.
“I gave a firm undertaking that, if elected, a Liberal government would set about addressing this issue.
“Since assuming office, I have been working hard to ensure that I deliver on that promise.”
The Minister said a community consultation process would be held in the coming weeks in order to hear directly from local people about their preferred service model.
“Working with carers, service providers and other stakeholders, the Government will develop a much better idea of the specific types of services this facility needs to offer in order to meet the local area’s requirements.” Mr. O’Brien said.
“Ultimately though, this facility will provide a high level of care to people with a diverse range of disabilities and support their needs in a safe and welcoming environment.”
The community forums will be held at the Lyal Richardson Hall, The Agonis, 2232 Albany Highway, Gosnells at the following times:
- Morning: 9.30 am – 11 am, Friday, June 25
- Evening: 7 pm – 8.30 pm, Monday, June 28