Posted on 23. Jun, 2010 in Victoria

Victoria’s hard working carers are set to receive recognition of the contribution they make to our community through the Victorian Government Carer Card launched by Minister for Community Services Lisa Neville today.

“The Brumby Labor Government is standing up for Victoria’s carers by creating this new carer card that will deliver real benefits,” said Ms Neville.

“More than 140,000 dedicated Victorian carers give up their own time every year to help those in our community who need it the most.

“Carers are from all age groups and backgrounds. They might be friends, neighbours or family members and include foster, kinship and primary carers. They care for Victorians with a disability, a severe or chronic medical condition, a mental illness, or those who are frail, aged or in need of palliative care.

“The sacrifice and contribution they make to improve the lives of others is invaluable. They give those they care for the opportunity to live their lives to the fullest, retain their dignity and remain a part of their community.”

The card was launched today at the Melbourne Museum where carers will receive free entry as one of the hundreds of offers available, and Ms Neville thanked the businesses that had already signed up to be a part of the program.

“I would like to comend the more than 700 businesses across the state including Harvey Norman, Intrepid Travel, GIO, Subway and Ultra Tune who have joined us in recognising carers by offering discounts on everything from whitegoods and furniture, to optical, travel and insurance,” she said.

“The Brumby Labor Government is also offering discounts for a number of State-backed events including the Australian Formula One Grand Prix, the Melbourne Comedy Festival and the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. Carers will also get free entry to the National Sports Museum and Scienceworks, and concession rate entry to the National Gallery of Victoria and the Geelong Performing Arts Centre.

“Carers will receive free public transport on Sundays along with two return off-peak travel vouchers for travel anywhere within Victoria making a day out even cheaper.”

Corporate Partnership Manager of Intrepid Travel Alison Mead said they were proud to be able to acknowledge the contribution carers made to our community.

“Intrepid Travel is committed to tackling the issues we face in society, whether it be the health of our environment, the wellbeing of our people or the contribution to wealth of local economies,” Ms Mead said.

“As an Australian owned and Melbourne based company, we are proud to be able to offer support to the work of carers through the Victorian Government Carer Card program and recognise the valuable role they play in our local community.”

Martin Forty, who cares for his wife who has Schizophrenia, joined his children in welcoming the announcement.

“As a full-time carer any help, particularly with essential day-to-day services, activities or products, is very important. The Carer Card will not only provide this help, but it recognises that we are fulfilling an essential role in society,” he said.

Applications for the Victorian Carer Card are now open, with discounts at participating businesses to begin across Victoria on 1 August 2010.

Registration for businesses wishing to be members of the Victorian Carer Card Program will remain ongoing.

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