Doing it for the Kidz
27 April 2017
- Works commence on new KidzWish Place in Flinders.
- New KidzWish Place will double care provided from 500 to 1,000 children.
- Coalition Government investing over $900,000 through the National Stronger Regions Fund.
Works have commenced on the construction of a new KidzWish Place Flinders, enabling the organisation to double the number of children it supports in the Illawarra and South Coast region.
Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the new centre would provide a range of health services to the community.
“The new facility in Flinders will improve access to support programmes such as speech pathology, occupational therapy, and physiotherapy,” Minister Nash said.
“I aim to build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and providing first class health services does just that.”
Federal Member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis said the new centre will include a multi-purpose hall and dance space, therapy rooms and an office space with amenities for staff.
“The Coalition Government's investment in this project has been an important boost for the community, and these facilities will be well-utilised in coming years,” Mrs Sudmalis said.
“Once complete the centre will enable KidzWish to increase services available to a growing number of children and families from 500 to 1,000 places in the region, reducing wait times to access these services.”
New South Wales Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro, said the new facility would also pay economic dividends for the region.
“During construction this project will create approximately 225 jobs, and following the completion of this upgrade, this facility is also expected to employ 29 people by 2021,” Mr Barilaro said.
“This is a great outcome for the community. I am looking forward to seeing the completion of this project and the benefits it will bring.”
KidzWish executive director Chris Beaven said the project will improve access to KidzWish programs that directly benefit Illawarra and South Coast children who are sick, disadvantaged or have a disability.
“We would like to recognise and thank the Australian Government, NSW Government and Shellharbour City Council, along with local developer Piruse Constructions who have generously volunteered to project manage the building,” Mrs Beaven said.
“The number of visits to KidzWish Place is projected to double, if not triple over the next five years. Upon completion, the new KidzWish Place will ensure that we are able to make our programs available to this growing number of local children and families.”
KidzWish Foundation is a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme provider and will also facilitate transition of services under individual NDIS packages for families and children living with a disability.
The project is jointly funded by the Coalition Government ($915,456), New South Wales State Government ($248,000), and the KidzWish Foundation Inc. ($2,640,074).