State Member for Bundaberg David Batt and local residents are calling on the Queensland Labor Government to extend the Taxi Subsidy Scheme (TSS) for NDIS participants past June 30.
NDIS is yet to establish adequate transport support but despite this, the Labor Government still plans to close the TSS to NDIS participants in the new financial year.
Mr Batt said the termination of the TSS will affect approximately 10,000 Queenslanders, including many in his electorate of Bundaberg.
“Here in the Wide Bay, we have a higher than average rate of disability, which means many members of our local community will be negatively impacted by Labor’s ignorance,” he said.
“Those living with a disability often face enough challenges every day, without having their transport support taken away.
“With the cut-off not far into the future, local residents have contacted my office to voice their concerns and to explain just how much this will change their life.
Mr Batt said access to transport was key to a thriving community.
“As the local MP, I want to see our community progress into the future with flying colours and to achieve that, it’s vital we create a safe and liveable city where each resident has the opportunity to live their life as they wish.
“A regional city like Bundaberg has limited public transport options so removing the TSS will make it even more difficult for those living with disability to get from one place to another.
“The Government needs to extend the TSS to NDIS participants until they have adequate support available.
“I am calling on the Government to extend the TSS to support Queenslanders living with a disability.”
Tuesday 23 April 2019