Council services join Disability Expo

Published Friday, 24th November 2017

A Fairstart client using some of the Sensory Gym equipment.

Fairfield City Council's Fairstart Early Childhood Intervention and Leisure Centres will showcase their disability services at the inaugural South West Disability Expo on 8 and 9 December.

Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said the Expo was a great opportunity for Council to promote itself as a leading provider of NDIS approved services in the Fairfield Local Government Area, and showcase the extensive services it provides to people with a disability. 

“In South West Sydney there are more than 60,000 people with disabilities who require support from disability service and product providers,” Mayor Carbone said.

“As a registered provider under the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Council provides a number of support services for children and adults, including speech and occupational therapy, behaviour support, exercise physiology, and hydrotherapy, all of which are offered under the NDIS at no cost to clients.  

“Our Fairstart Early Intervention service has been providing specialised support for young children with additional needs for more than 25 years.

“The service provides a range of intervention supports designed to meet the individual needs of the child, their families and communities, in order to promote development, wellbeing and community participation.

“Our Leisure Centres have a range of services, such as chronic disease management, group classes for Type II diabetes sufferers and rehabilitation for a vast array of injuries, conditions and permanent disabilities that impact on quality of life.”

The South West Disability Expo is a unique community experience and will be South Western Sydney’s largest disability expo. More than 3000 people are expected to attend over two days.

The Expo will give South Western Sydney residents quality face-to-face time with service providers, a range of government agencies and advocacy groups. Attendees will have the chance to “test drive” the last technology, aids and equipment.

The two days will also offer a schedule of performers, entertainment, exhibitor Q&A sessions and key speakers from the sector, including Mary Hawkins from the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The opening ceremony will feature Tim Ferguson, well know Australian entertainer and comedian, now living with the debilitating Multiple Sclerosis. The event will be officially opened by The Hon Ray Williams MP, Minister for Disability Services, at 11am on Friday 8 December.

As a result of the NDIS, South Western Sydney residents with disabilities will gain greater control over their lives and the services they choose. Central to the NDIS rollout is that people living with disabilities have access to the most up-to-date and relevant information available and that they are connected to the services and supports that meet their needs to live in, and be active members of, the community.

The Expo is an initiative of 4community and an organising committee comprising three South Western Sydney councils - Fairfield City Council, Canterbury-Bankstown, and Liverpool - as well as a local service provider and the Australian Government’s National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) Program.

You’ll find Fairfield Leisure Centres at Stand 9 and Fairstart Early Intervention at Stand 20.

Details

Where: Whitlam Leisure Centre, 90 Memorial Avenue, Liverpool
When: Friday 8 December, 9am to 4pm
 Saturday 9 December, 10am to 3pm

Highlights

  • Opening ceremony 11am Friday 8 December
  • NDIS Q&A sessions 1pm on Friday and Saturday
  • Guest Speaker Tim Ferguson (Doug Anthony All Stars)
  • Stage performances by disability performance groups
  • Entertainment for those young at heart
  • More than 120 exhibitors
  • Café run by a disability service provider Sylvanvale