Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

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

Media Release


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.