WA Government Committed To A More Inclusive Society

WA Government Committed To A More Inclusive Society

Western Australia Minister for Disability Services Simon O’Brien

Clarkson And Rockingham Respite Facilities On Track

Victor P Taffa

The State Government is on track to open two new respite facilities in Clarkson and Rockingham, offering carers of a family member with disability the opportunity to take breaks from their supportive role.

Disability Services Simon O’Brien said the Clarkson and Rockingham respite facilities were part of the Government’s $12 Million Election Commitment to build five respite facilities across Western Australia, the first of which opened in Broome in March this year.

Mr. O’Brien said respite services were identified as a priority in the long-term improvement of Disability Services for WA and negotiations were under way to secure appropriate land in Clarkson and Rockingham for the facilities.

“The Government is committed to building a more inclusive WA, in which all citizens have the same rights and opportunities.” the Minister said.



“The Clarkson and Rockingham respite facilities would be designed and built according to universal design principles, offering versatile living environments. This was in response to community feedback highlighting the importance of accessible design in respite facilities, particularly for people requiring high levels of support.”

The Government is currently evaluating tenders to deliver respite services at the facilities, which were expected to be operational by the end of 2011.  A range of interim services would be offered from April 2011, while the facilities were being completed.

“We’re aware of the demand for respite services and how important these are for families caring for a loved one with disability.  The Government is committed to making these services available as soon as possible.” the Minister said.

The next two respite facilities were planned for the Wheatbelt and Gosnells.