An historic occasion for Fairhaven: on 25 May 2018 we hosted PM Malcolm Turnbull and other dignitaries to announce a new funding arrangement for NDIS participants in NSW.
Under the major landmark deal, the PM and NSW Premier signed an agreement confirming long-term commitment to the full rollout of the NDIS across NSW. NSW will escalate its annual funding contribution to the NDIS by 4 per cent per year, while the federal government will pay the balance of NDIS costs in NSW.
NSW Premier Gladys Berekjiklian said:
“Fairhaven has always been a magic place but today it becomes an historic place.
It’s the first time in our nation that the state and federal governments have come together to sign the NDIS agreement. We’re proud to be the first state to do so. We believe strongly in supporting people with a disability, but more importantly in ensuring they have greater choice and control through their lives. This will change lives for the better into the future. This place now is historic.”
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull remarked “The agreement we’ve signed today is an indication of the partnership we’ve made to secure long term funding here in NSW, the type of cooperation and commitment, a shared passion for serving and supporting the people who need our support the most – the NDIS participants.
This great national enterprise (the NDIS) and its participants deserve to know that the funding is there to support them now and into the future. We’re working together in NSW and in Canberra. The NDIS deserves that support.”
The funding agreement was signed by Prime Minster Turnbull and Premier Berejiklian in the Fairhaven boardroom at Point Clare; a building of historical significance being the first site to offer employment for people who live with disability on the Central Coast, as an Activity Therapy Centre in 1974.
They also took the opportunity to tour the Fairhaven Shopping Village and Fairhaven CoPack work site, meeting employees, volunteers and staff.
Also in attendance were Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services Jane Prentice, Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Multiculturalism and Disability Services Ray Williams MP, Taylor Martin MLC and local MP Lucy Wicks.
Photo 1: Gladys Berejikilian and Malcolm Turnbull sign the agreement, witnessed by Ray Williams, and Dan Teehan and Jane Prentice.
Photo 2: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull with members of parliament, Fairhaven staff and NDIA staff
Photo 3: Meeting supported employees at a visit to Fairhaven CoPack packaging work site, Point Clare
Photo 4: Malcolm Turnbull meets with op shop volunteer Guy