MEDIA RELEASE – Senator for QLD Joanna Lindgren and LNP Candidate Andrew Wallace visit Pathways Project for young people with disabilites
For immediate release
3 June 2016
Senator Lindgren, and Local LNP Candidate Andrew Wallace toured an innovative independent learning centre, the Pathways Project today under construction now at STEPS Group Australia’s head office in Caloundra.
In an Australian first, five training homes will be built with a life skills program delivered allowing young people with disabilities to learn all they need to live independently in main stream accommodation after they complete the course.
“As someone who has a son with a disability, I’m really passionate about making sure these choices are available,” managing director of STEPS Carmel Crouch said.
“Teaching people the skills they need to live a truly independent lifestyle is part of this.”
Mr Wallace said that whether he was elected or not, he fully supports projects like the Pathways Project and praised Murphy Homes, the business sector and local community for making the project a reality.
Senator Lindgren commented that the level of innovation of the Sunshine Coast development was commendable and represents the principles of the NDIS for people with disabilities to make independent choices about how they live, what care they receive and which provider.
STEPS has been gearing up for change with the NDIS now rolling out across Queensland and the Sunshine Coast and remaining regions of Queensland to start transitioning next month.
“The great thing about the NDIS so far is that it’s helping people understand their rights and valuing their right to free choice and independence in life,” Ms Crouch said.
“We love the work we do and are entirely focussed on supporting people with a disability on their journey to independence and a better quality of life.
“It’s a core part of our mission to build brighter futures and provide people with the opportunity to reach their full potential.”
The STEPS Pathways build is due to be completed in late June this year.
Senator Joanna Lindgren and company touring the STEPS Pathways Project at Caloundra. Construction due to finish end June 2016. PHOTO: Melanie Wright
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
STEPS Group Australia
07 5458 3000
PO Box 1139, Caloundra QLD 4551