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Narrabri Abbeyfield House receives $2.56M funding
Thursday, 11 August, 2011    Author: Chris Reside

Abbeyfield Australia and the Narrabri Abbeyfield Branch are thrilled at the recent announcement by Andrew Constance, NSW Minister for Disability Services, of $2.56M capital funding to build the Narrabri Abbeyfield disAbility House.

In announcing the grant, the Minister said “The development of alternative accommodation models that respond to the needs of people with a disability is a welcome initiative, and I commend the efforts and commitment of Abbeyfield in working towards the provision of independent living for young adults.”

Narrabri is situated in northern NSW and is the hub of the Narrabri Shire Council with a population of about 14,000 people.

The Narrabri Abbeyfield House will incorporate:

• 10 comfortable residents’ rooms, each comprising a floor area of approx. 33sqm, motel style kitchen facilities, private ensuite, bedroom, and living room

• Two guest rooms – available for use by parents, family and friends of residents who may wish to stay overnight at the house, or for emergency or respite accommodation

• One housekeeper residential unit

• Comfortable shared lounge rooms, dining room, games room and courtyard.

Abbeyfield Australia CEO Chris Reside said the announcement is further recognition of the Abbeyfield model as an innovative and resident focussed housing solution, and well demontrates the readiness of the NSW Government to support innovative and effective community based housing solutions.

The local Narrabri Abbeyfield Branch has been well led by branch president, Marion Pike and her committee, and the funding is a testament to the community support for the Narrabri Abbeyfield House and the diligence of the local Abbeyfield Branch.

Abbeyfield Australia wishes to recognise the significant contribution of Barwon MP, Kevin Humphries who had supported the project since its inception; Eastern Star Gas which funded an independent feasibility study into the project; the Narrabri Sire Council, and the team at the Department of Aged Disability and Homecare (ADAC) without whose support the project could not eventuate.

The construction of the Narrabri Abbeyfield House will be overseen by Abbeyfield Australia and the Narrabri Abbeyfield Branch using Narrabri and regional tradespeople and buidling consultants as much as possible. Works on site are expected to commence late 2011 or early 2012.

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