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Goulburn disAbility House receives $1.3M funding
Saturday, 12 June, 2010    Author: Chris Reside

Abbeyfield Australia and the Goulburn Abbeyfield Society are thrilled to have received a further grant of $1.3M from the NSW Government to construct the Goulburn Abbeyfield disAbility House. (The NSW government provided an initial $500K in May 2009)

In announcing the additional $1.3M grant, the NSW Minister for Disability Services, Peter Primrose MLC said the Abbeyfield home would bridge the gap between group home accommodation and independent living and give the residents the opportunity to increase their social relationships within the local community and further develop their daily living skills.

“This is about getting people a better quality of life – they will have greater access to the community, to their friends and to services,” Mr Primrose said.

“Importantly, it will also give them extra opportunities for work and leisure activities.” he said. “An added benefit is that it will reduce the need for respite accommodation in the area.”

Mr Primrose said Abbeyfield had an international reputation for providing support to people with a disability through its Abbeyfield disAbility House model and had established its houses in all states except Western Australia.

Construction of the house will commence soon and take about 12 months to complete. Local Goulburn firm, Dutaillis Architects have been appointed to oversee the project and it is expected that the lion’s share of the construction will go to Goulburn local and regional firms.

Community support is vital

Abbeyfield Australia’s CEO Chris Reside welcomed the grant and recognised the support of the Minister and officers at the NSW Department of Ageing, Disability and Homecare (ADHC).

“Abbeyfield Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation and so keenly appreciates the support of the NSW Government. Our aim is to work collaboratively with government and partners to help local communities develop Abbeyfield houses in their local towns and suburbs” Chris said.

“Abbeyfield Houses are a local community managed solution to a local community housing need – and so local community support and fund raising will be necessary to finalise the project. The grant from the NSW Government is fantastic but the House does need the support of the Goulburn and regional community.”

“This is a wonderful development for the Goulburn and regional community and l encourage all locals, community groups and businesses to get behind it!”

For Goulburn or regional enquiries about the coming Goulburn Abbeyfield disAbility House, please contact Mr Tony Egan, chairman of the Goulburn Abbeyfield Society on 0427 008 622 or email eshop@bigpond.net.au

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