NSW CARER OF THE YEAR FINALIST FROM GOONELLABAH
Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George congratulated Goonellabah resident Angela Mathews for her highly commended at the 2014 NSW Carer of the Year Awards held in Sydney last week.
“Angela cares for two children with disability. Angela travels more than 200km to support the needs of her child with cerebral palsy. Angela is a strong advocate for her children and for the inclusion of people with disability
“I would also like to congratulate all the other carers who were nominated for the 2014 NSW Carers Awards, and acknowledge the many thousands of other carers who are committed to improving the lives of the people they care for.
“Without carers, many people would not be able to remain living in their own home and participate in their community.”
Mr George said we all probably know a carer whose unpaid care is essential to the wellbeing of our society and our economy - one in 10 people in NSW are carers.
“There are more than 857,000 carers in NSW, including over 100,000 young carers who are younger than 25 years,” Mr George said.
Earlier this year Minister Ajaka launched the NSW Carers Strategy, a five year plan to improve the position of carers in NSW.
The Strategy contains five key focus areas with 16 projects that will make a real difference in the lives of carers.