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Extra funds for Monto's blue care service.

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Extra Funds for Monto's Blue Care Service Thursday, 19 August 2004

Monto’s Blue Care Service will soon be more mobile thanks to $33,500 in funds under the Home and Community Care (HACC) program, which will be used to buy a four-wheel-drive vehicle for the organisation. Member for Hinkler Paul Neville said the organisation’s allocation was a one-off capital allocation from the $4.1 million distributed under the current HACC funding round. HACC is 60% funded by the Federal Government. “HACC services are very valuable to our frail aged people and young people with disabilities, because they offer grassroots support which allows them to remain in their own homes with the support of their family,” Mr Neville said. “By providing a new vehicle for Monto’s Blue Care service, we are giving the organisation the tools to provide better services to clients.” Mr Neville said the HACC Program was a central element of the Federal Government’s aged care policy. “It’s a cornerstone program, because we know the majority of frail and aged people prefer to stay living in their own homes. HACC services provide them with that option as well as a higher level of independence.” Ozcare Bundaberg also received capital funding of $55,302 under this round to buy two new vehicles to help cover its wide territory. Other recipients in the electorate include Kolan Shire Council’s Community Options program which will receive $16,000 to replace a vehicle, and the Discovery Coast Health Care Service which will use its $60,000 allocation to buy a new vehicle. Mr Neville said without the assistance provided by Monto’s Blue Care service, such as domestic help, centre-based day care, meals, transport and home nursing, many local older residents would have to move into residential care facilities, rather than stay in their own homes. “By funding these services, we are helping to create caring communities and fulfil the aspirations of older Queenslanders who are increasingly seeking to live as independently as possible in their own homes,” he said.