Forecast growth sees service open


Local area co-ordinator Ariana Phillips and acting area manager Shelley Edwards.       d451356
Local area co-ordinator Ariana Phillips and acting area manager Shelley Edwards.       d451356

Disability Services Minister Helen Morton officially opened the office on March 9, which offers local area co-ordination (LAC) services for people with disabilities between Quinns Rocks and Jurien Bay.

The office will support the future population growth in the Alkimos area, as well as people in the Wanneroo, Gingin, Chittering and Dandaragan local government areas.

“The Alkimos team of 14 supports more than 500 people with disability and their families to plan, organise and access support and services,” Mrs Morton said.

“Because of the positive working |relationships with the people they support, local area co-ordinators have a critical role in helping families achieve significant outcomes.

“LACs have been powerful advocates for thousands of West Australians and have worked more widely to make communities more inclusive and welcoming.”

The minister said the commission established the Alkimos district in July 2011 in response to the rapid population growth in Perth’s northern suburbs.

“It is anticipated the Alkimos district will also experience an increase in the number of people with disability and their families accessing LAC support over the coming years,” she said.

“This LAC district office will have an important and growing responsibility as we navigate the future of disability service provision in WA.”

Support is available to people with intellectual, physical, sensory, neurological and/or cognitive disabilities who are under the age of 65.

For more information, visit www.disa bility.wa.gov.au.