Minister Ajaka Welcomed In Port Macquarie
New Minister for Aging and Disability Services, the Hon John Ajaka MLC has joined Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams to meet a range of community groups to discuss disability services and age related issues.
“This is Minister Ajaka’s first visit to the Port Macquarie electorate since becoming a Minister and it is especially welcoming that he has chosen Dementia Awareness Week to visit,” Mrs Williams said.
“During the day, Minister Ajaka will join me to present Year 12 Graduation Awards at Port Macquarie High School, open the Access For All: Creatability exhibition at the Glasshouse as well as meeting with disability service providers, ACES, Hastings District Respite and NewIDAFE.
“Minister Ajaka is also attending a meeting of ‘like minded’ people who have come together to form a stakeholders group to try and establish Port Macquarie as the first dementia friendly community in Australia.
“We formed the group last year and are working together looking at how best to deal with the huge growth in the prevalence of dementia in the Port Macquarie electorate over the next three decades,” Mrs Williams said.
“Dementia is the disease of the 21st century and should be a priority for everyone. It is an issue that affects so many older people in our community and Minister Ajaka is very interested in assisting where possible to achieve our goal.
“It is important that all levels of Government have a clear understanding of the impact that dementia is having and will continue to have on our community
“I thank the Minister for taking the time out of his busy schedule to visit the electorate and I look forward to his continued support as we try and deliver positive outcomes for our older residents and those living with a disability,” Mrs Williams said.
Posted on 20 Fri, September, 2013
by Leslie Williams