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Disability Services Minister Coralee O’Rourke MP visited the newly opened Montrose Service Centre in Townsville on Friday 27 May 2016. The visit marked the beginning of the one-month countdown to Queensland’s full transition to the NDIS on July 1, which starts in the Townsville region.

During the visit, Minister O’Rourke launched the second video in the ‘What the NDIS means to me’ series.

The Minister commented that many organisations had expanded their existing businesses to accommodate the expected increase in the number of people using their services.

“Once fully operational, the scheme will support more than 4,800 people with disability in the broader Townsville region – creating up to 2000 disability sector jobs and ample opportunities for local businesses. Mrs O’Rourke said.

“This increase in demand and available options for people with disability will require significant growth and I am pleased service providers like Montrose are already taking up these opportunities.”

Montrose CEO Linda Apelt said outreach teams from Montrose had provided services to people in North Queensland for more than 15 years and they looked forward to continuing their long-standing relationship with the Townsville region.

“We are delighted the roll-out of the NDIS is allowing us to enhance our presence with a service centre in Townsville,” Ms Apelt said.

“Our growing local team will allow us to expand our work with existing customers and work with many new people.”

What the NDIS means for families

Cooper playing at MontroseThe early launch of the NDIS in Townsville from January 2016 means families like Allie Johnson and her son Cooper (pictured) can experience the benefits of the NDIS before 1 July. Allie has received outreach support from Montrose for some time but is delighted that a local team is now in place.

“I am pleased to see the NDIS coming to Townsville and it looks like we will be able to access better support for Cooper which is more closely matched to his needs,” she said.

“It’s also important to know there is flexibility as he grows up and those needs change and it’s good to see boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy receive more help.”

From July 2016 to June 2017, the NDIS will be rolled out in Townsville, Hinchinbrook, Burdekin, west to Mount Isa and up to the Gulf, Mackay, Isaac and Whitsundays, Toowoomba and west to the borders.

For further information, see our NDIS pages.

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