News

REVEALED: The Toowoomba residents with NDIS packages

MORE people in Toowoomba have their NDIS packages approved than in Brisbane.

About 1500 people in the Garden City and south-west Queensland have been ticked off for their plans with the National Disability Insurance Scheme, according to the latest statistics.

Five months after the federal program was rolled out across the region on January 1, the National Disability Insurance Agency has revealed region-specific figures.

Toowoomba has the second-highest number of approved participants in Queensland, just behind Townsville with 2484 people.

Brisbane has just 37 approvals, but that is because the scheme is not expected to be rolled out there until about 2019.

The news comes as the local area coordinator Carers Queensland launched its new office on Ruthven St in Toowoomba in March, with an official opening on June 5.

Carers Queensland president Jim Toohey said the organisation would hire 52 new staff by next month.

"We recently held our board meeting there and I said to the 40 or so new staff members already there that it was almost like seeing your baby in the nursery," he said.

"It was exciting to see the enthusiasm and everyone is so committed to making it great."

Mr Toohey said he was pleased to see Toowoomba reach the 1500-participant mark, which was one of Carers Queensland's initial goals.

"I am absolutely delighted - it was a very fast and streamlined process that the government wanted," he said.

"They wanted the services delivered and it was a stressful time but we delivered.

"(The 1500 mark) is meeting expectations - it was an ambitious target but an achievable one."

The public is invited to the launch of the Carers Queensland office at 632 Ruthven St on June 5 from 10am, which will be followed by a community Open Day.

For more information and to RSVP before May 29, call 0437 276 198.

Topics:  carers queensland ndis toowoomba


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Lending an ear to our youngsters

SCHOOL SCREENING: Dysart State School students benefited from a visit by a Hear and Say program.

The Hear to Learn program has launched at schools in the region.

'Sexualised acts' with puppy lands miner tiny fine

Darren Lee Jolley performed highly sexualised acts with a puppy that was less than 12-months-old.

GRAPHIC CONTENT Miner used his puppy "for sexual purposes".

$4.8million win has CQ family man set for life

HUGE WIN: An Emerald man has won himself $4.8million over 20 years in Tuesday's Set for Life draw.

A CQ family man has won $20,000 a month for the next 20 years.

Local Partners

Puppy-abusing miner must never own another dog: RSPCA

QUEENSLAND man convicted of “sexualised acts” with a puppy ought to have been banned from owning a dog for life, according to RSPCA Queensland.

Why crowds are loving Happy Kanye at Splendour

Danger Dave and Melissah Marie with the artwork Happy Kanye at Splendour in the Festival 2017.

By Barcelona-based artistic collective Hungry Castle

Amber Heard, Elon Musk among Splendour celebs

Bernard Fanning plays the main stage at Splendour in the Grass 2017 on day 2.

DAY TWO of Splendour in the Grass was the day of celebrities.

Working class? Man, Gympie's got the show for you

Jimmy Barnes

Aussie rock icons coming to Gympie for 150th celebrations.

MOVIE REVIEW: War for the Planet of the Apes

Andy Serkis monkeys around with Apocalypse Now in War For the Planet Of the Apes.

Ninja Warrior airs clips of dead contestant Johann Ofner

Johann Ofner has been identified as the man shot dead in an incident in the Brisbane CBD this afternoon

He was killed before the series went to air.

Meet 7 of the Fraser Coast's most eligible bachelors

Fraser Coast eligible bachelor - Bobbi Depp.

Are you single and looking for love?

Justin Bieber speaks after cancelling 14 concerts

Helal’s selfie with Bieber

So is he starting his own church or not?

Kendall Jenner's raunchy pose could breach standards

Kendall Jenner

Other celebs including Rita Ora, Bella Hadid posted similar shots.

The best and worst reality TV coming

Matty J in a scene from episode two of The Bachelor.

Reality TV bonanza as Hell’s Kitchen, The Block and Survivor launch.

Beers, spirits and 131 years of history up for grabs

The 131-year-old General Gordon Hotel is on the market with all of its quirks included.

Pub with good beer and "lovely food” for sale 20 minutes from town

Tenant: Let me rent, I'll fix your property and pay for it

Noosaville tenant Tony Conyers thought his tenancy was guaranteed until 2035, so he spent his own money on the property. Now he's been told he may not be able to stay for even one more year.

Renter spent $30k on maintaining, improving property over 17 years

TENANTS FROM HELL: See the mess left by evicted couple

DISGUSTING: Mess left by evicted tenants. Owner of the Mongogarie property Christine Beatty has been left at least $5000 out of pocket.

Couple were 'living large' while not paying their rent

How Gladstone's cheapest and most expensive homes stack up

SPECTACULAR: This home on Springs Road, Agnes Water, is selling in the mid-$2 million range.

With the market currently low, now is the time to invest.

'We’re goin' to Bonnie Doon!' and now you can too

How's the serenity?

The experience will have you exclaiming “how’s the serenity?”

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!