Rachel Marshall receives a donation from Variety Club of Queensland representative Leigh Turnbull after he read her story in the Morning Bulletin on February 9.
Rachel Marshall receives a donation from Variety Club of Queensland representative Leigh Turnbull after he read her story in the Morning Bulletin on February 9. Sharyn O'Neill

Candidates urged to support carers

THE diabolical situation of carers in Queensland has led Rockhampton businessman Leigh Turnbull to speak out.

Mr Turnbull, who was touched by Rachel Marshall's story in the Morning Bulletin on February 9, said he knew many families in town who had children with disabilities and their struggles.

He was calling on state election candidates for the seats of Keppel, Mirani and Rockhampton to come out and tell the community what they plan to do to help carers.

Last financial year there were 1892 carers in the Rockhampton area, according to a national disability data collection called the Disability Services National Minimum Data Set which was managed by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

On Saturday, Minister for Agriculture, Food and Regional Economies and Member for Mackay Tim Mulherin, told ALP supporters at the Rockhampton region candidates campaign launch that the State Budget for disabilities when he first joined parliament in 1995 was $240 million and now it was $1.5 billion.

Meanwhile, Mr Turnbull was so touched by Ms Marshall's story, he arranged for Variety Club Queensland and the Rockhampton Scale Modellers Association to donate $1000 cash a week later.

"One in four births in Australia have some sort of disability," Mr Turnbull, who is a member of Variety Club, said.



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