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Powell Media Release – Carers Week celebrates Glass Houses’s dedicated carers (10 October 2014)

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP is encouraging residents to acknowledge the hard work of local carers during Carers Week, which will be held from 12 to 18 October.

Mr Powell said there were a wide range of activities planned across the state including tea parties, picnics, awards ceremonies, breakfasts and more.

“In Queensland, about half a million people provide care to a person who, because of disability, old age or chronic illness, requires assistance with everyday tasks.

“These exceptional people devote their time and efforts to make a positive difference to the lives of many Queenslanders.

“The invaluable role they play deserves to be recognised and celebrated—Carers Week is an important opportunity to do this.”

Mr Powell said this year’s theme for the week ‘Take a break for carers’ reminded people to think about the tireless work being done by our carers around the clock.

“The Queensland Government recognises the vital work of carers and is proud to support Carers Week.

“As part of our commitment to revitalising frontline services, our government has partnered with Carers Queensland to deliver regional events throughout the week.”

Mr Powell said the Queensland Government supported carers all year round with access to the Carers Business Discount Scheme.

“Our government is committed to lowering the cost of living for carers and the concession scheme does exactly that.

“The Carer Business Discount Scheme provides eligible carers with discounts on a wide range of goods and services at thousands of businesses across the state,” he said.

For more information on Carers Week and to access a calendar of events, go to http://carersqld.asn.au/news-and-events/carers-week

[ENDS] 10 October 2014

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