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Federal Member for Chifley

PO Box 259 Mt Druitt NSW 2770


For Immediate Release




"I was delighted to be given the opportunity of officially opening the recently constructed "Clean Working Environment Room" at the Cumberland Industries Mt Druitt branch today", said Roger Price MP, Federal Member for Chifley.


Cumberland Industries operate five vocational training centres in the Western Suburbs for people with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities. Those accepted for vocational training are eligible for the Disability Support Pension or similar benefit.


Support is provided in the areas of education, training, employment, and in the provision of accommodation services with the vision of setting and maintaining world class standards in quality of life for persons with a disability.


The organisation's mission statement is to conduct a network of commercially successful business operations, for the purposes of advancing the interests and employment opportunities of persons with disabilities.


"Walking around the facilities and talking to the real stars of the show, the employees, gives me a buzz. Their honesty and hard work is inspiring", said Mr Price.


Mr Price officially opened the "Clean Working Environment Room", a new facility equipped with a very new and sophisticated packaging machine.


“The construction of the room was fully funded by Cumberland themselves. The new machine will contribute to creating employment opportunities for people with disabilities”.


“I am proud to have the Cumberland Industries Mt Druitt branch located in the electorate of Chifley. The organisation was founded almost four decades ago by a group of concerned parents wishing to ensure a bright future for their developmentally disabled children”.


"The organisation has gone from strength to strength, now offering young adults, aged from 16 years, the opportunity to gain valuable vocational training through on the job experience. It has expanded its services to assist 300 people with employment", said Mr Price.


“The Board and Management of Cumberland Industries, people like Bob Pankhurst and Steven Treloar, must be commended for their vision and continued achievements".


"The organisation has just purchased some land at Mt Druitt adjacent to their current location with the view to expand their organisation, thus being able to create more opportunities for people with disabilities. They hope to employ some 500 people in five years time".


“I wish Cumberland Industries the best of success and once again applaud everyone involved for their fabulous efforts", concluded Mr Price.



Media Contact: Michael Galderisi     Phone: 9625-4344


Dated: 22 October 1998     Fax: 9832-2641