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$1.5m to Muddy Puddles disability centre

Eurobodalla parents of children with disabilities are on Sunday celebrating a surprise $1.5 million announcement.

The recently formed Muddy Puddles group has been lobbying for an education therapy centre in the shire for children with disabilities.

On Sunday, March 8, NSW Disability Services Minister John Ajaka joined Bega MP Andrew Constance in Batehaven to announce the Coalition would commit $1.5 million to the project if re-elected on March 28.

It is understood the move follows a commitment from Eurobodalla Shire Council to provide land for the centre.

In November, Mr Ajaka and Mr Constance promised to support the proposal, if land was made available.

“(We) indicated that if the council came up with the land, we would provide funding for the construction of the building – and that is exactly what is happening,” Mr Ajaka said on Sunday.

“If re-elected, the Baird Government will provide $1.5 million to Muddy Puddles.

“I will also instruct my department to work with Muddy Puddles to ensure a viable service in the lead-up to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.”

Mr Constance said the limited number of private therapists meant children were missing out.

“The new centre will cater for children up to 18, and will offer speech pathology and social skills.

“The community will have sibling and family support, fundraising events, information nights and sessions to help raise awareness of disability and advocate for inclusion.”

Muddy Puddles spokeswoman Sally Minato declared there were “exciting times ahead”.

“Andrew Constance has supported this project from the very beginning,” Ms Minato said.

“We are so grateful to both he and John Ajaka for recognising the need and working toward a brighter future for Eurobodalla Shire’s children.”

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