Respite delivered with construction of Mackay's David and Irie Dalrymple Home

Media Release

FN173/2017

11 October 2017

Joint release with:

George Christensen

Federal Member for Dawson

  • New respite home for people with disabilities officially opens in Mackay
  • Purpose-built home will provide additional beds for short-term respite
  • The Coalition Government invested $200,000 to the $430,000 project

Residents of Mackay who are living with a disability have access to brand new modern respite services following the completion of a purpose-built five-bedroom house.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the ‘David and Irie Dalrymple Home’ will make life easier by providing respite services for carers and families, enabling individuals to reside in assisted living for up to three months at a time.

“This new house is purpose-built with accessible bathrooms and kitchen, and will bring comfort to residents with special needs,” Minister Nash said.

“I aim to build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and helping those who need it is a big part of that.”

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said the home will also enable key components of the National Disability Insurance Scheme to be rolled out in Mackay.

“There is an unmet demand for respite services in Mackay, and these five extra beds are vitally needed,” Mr Christensen said.

“This project generated 60 jobs during construction and provides five ongoing roles. This is another example of the Coalition Government delivering upon its election promises.”

The Federal Coalition Government invested $200,000 towards the project, with $230,000 being provided by MADEC Ltd.