Bendigo ready for the NDIS: Chesters

Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, says she will be working hard to ensure Bendigo and central Victoria is at the top of the list in the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Labor committed that Bendigo would become one of the first locations in Victoria to receive the NDIS if the federal Labor Government was re-elected in the 2013 election.
 
Ms Chesters said she would be pushing the Coalition Government to commit to the Labor Government rollout schedule.

“I am pleased to hear the Coalition will honour the agreements between the Commonwealth and the states and territories for full nation-wide rollout of the NDIS,” she said.

“At the moment the Coalition says the detail of the roll out schedule beyond the launch sites will be determined cooperatively by all governments.

“I will be working hard to ensure that Bendigo and central Victoria is at the top of the rollout list.”

Ms Chesters said the NDIS will give extra support to about 3400 local people with a disability.

She said Bendigo was in a good position to be one of the first regions to receive the NDIS.

“I will continue to meet with people with a disability, their families and carers to discuss the rollout of the NDIS to Bendigo,” she said.

“Here in the electorate of Bendigo about 3400 local people with disability will get extra support and have more choice over how they receive that support.

“I know how important an early rollout of the NDIS is for Bendigo and our people with a disability and their families, many of whom are in desperate need of respite, support and choice.

“Further, our disability support organisations like Radius, Continuing Education and Amicus, are ready to partner, ready to be providers, ready to work together. We’re ready. ’’

Opposition spokeswoman for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin, on Monday called on the Coalition government to immediately reaffirm its commitment to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

“This is a big and complex reform,” she said. 

“There will always be challenges, but the Government must never waver in its commitment to the full rollout of the scheme.

“Anything less than an absolute commitment from this Government will not be good enough for people with a disability, their families and carers.

"Anything less will be a broken promise to the Australian people.”