Nedlands: Independent Living Centre WA receives $4.7m funding

Neurological Council of WA chairman Professor Charles Watson, Lotterywest's James Wild, Robert McKenzie, Independent Living Centre chief executive Steve Glew and Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson. More than $4.7 million in Lotterywest funding has been allocated to support people with disabilities. Picture: Jessica Warriner
Neurological Council of WA chairman Professor Charles Watson, Lotterywest's James Wild, Robert McKenzie, Independent Living Centre chief executive Steve Glew and Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson. More than $4.7 million in Lotterywest funding has been allocated to support people with disabilities. Picture: Jessica Warriner

A NEDLANDS centre has received $4.7 million in funding for a disability equipment grants program and building refurbishment.

Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson made the presentation today at The Niche.

More than $2.4 million of the Lotterywest funding will help the Independent Living Centre WA (ILC) continue their grants program, which provides invaluable support to individuals with assistive equipment and technology.

One of these recipients has been Robert McKenzie (75) who has paraplegia; after driving with modified controls for nearly 50 years, transferring from his wheelchair to his car put stress on his upper body, which meant he could no longer safely move into his car.

A grant enabled Mr McKenzie to work with ILC to modify a van.

“I can drive straight in to where the driver’s seat was,” Mr McKenzie said.

“It’s given me back my independence.”

Mr Dawson said the grants would help ensure people with disabilities could access resources to live the life they want.

“It’s fantastic to see such positive activities being undertaken in our community by organisations such as the ILC,” he said.

During 2016-17, more than 740 grants were provided to West Australians with a disability to obtain equipment.

A further $2.3 million in funding was presented to refurbish The Niche, which houses the ILC, Neurological Council of WA and Cystic Fibrosis WA.

ILC chief executive Steve Glew said the grant would bring a contemporary feel to the facility.

“Technology will be incorporated and upgraded to meet consumers’ needs, the ILC equipment display area will be modernised, and the consult space will better meet privacy requirements,” he said.

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