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Kalamunda disability services in limbo

YOUNG people with a disability in the Shire of Kalamunda are in limbo after funding for transport to social activities were no longer deemed eligible for the Shire’s Home and Community Care (HACC) scheme.

At the Shire’s ordinary council meeting last month, it was revealed as of July 1, 2016, anyone under the age of 65 who was previously funded under its HACC scheme would be transitioned to the Federal Government’s Perth Hills NDIS trial.

Shire of Kalamunda Chief Executive Officer Rhonda Hardy said alternate arrangements were being investigated. Ms Hardy said in the interim the Shire would continue transport arrangements for participants with a disability who attended the Wattle Club on Wednesdays as well as the Night Owls activities on Friday evenings.

“The Shire is continuing with services however the issue is related to the funding of the services, which were covered under the HACC Scheme, but are not currently funded for all participants under the NDIS model,” she said.

“The Shire is working with all parties to achieve an acceptable resolution to the issue and is seeking support from volunteers to reduce the cost impact on ratepayers.” Ms Hardy said the Shire had met with NDIS staff to discuss funding participants transport costs.

“The Shire of Kalamunda has been working with staff from the RISE network to understand how they operate their NDIS programs and to share successes, challenges and learnings,” she said.

By Sarah Brookes

About Sarah Brookes

Sarah is an award-winning journalist (2016 WA Media Awards – Best Three Suburban Newspaper Stories) who has covered our Mundaring and Kalamunda editions since 2011. She went to Eastern Hills Senior High School before studying chemistry and biology at university. Staring down a microscope two years into her degree she realised a future in science wasn’t for her – journalism was. Sarah lived in Europe before re-settling in Darlington, where her family has lived for three generations, with her two children. She has worked for various government agencies and Media Monitors. Sarah is a media junkie who loves talkback radio and devours the weekend papers.

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