The ground has been broken on $1.3 million disability housing project in Alexandra Hills, set to feature new state of the art assistive technologies, including a NAO Robot, to help future residents live independently.

Turning the first sod on the project today, Disability Services Minister Coralee O’Rourke said the two three-bedroom duplexes, constructed as part of the Elderly Parent Care Innovation Initiative (EPCII), would accommodate five local people with disability and a live-in carer.

“Once built, these two homes will incorporate innovative technologies including automated controls for lighting and blinds, remote video monitoring and room temperature and movement sensors, as well as carer calling devices,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

“An automated NAO Robot will also be moving in and will be programmed to provide support with daily routines, to help residents live as independently as possible.

“Our Government has invested more than $840,000, and Multicap has contributed more than $523,000 to deliver this new and improved supported accommodation facility, which is expected to be completed in May next year.”

Mrs O’Rourke said as part of the EPCII, the purpose built homes would help to address the shortfall in appropriate accommodation for people with disability who lived with ageing parents.

“Investing in these types of projects goes a long way towards giving older parent carers more certainty about the long-term care options for their son or daughter with disability,” she said.

“Finding appropriate housing can be a real issue for people with disability, which is why we are proud to work with community organisations like Multicap to deliver suitable and supported options.”
Member for Capalaba Don Brown said the construction of the new premises could lead to greater job creation for local tradespeople and suppliers.
“Our Government is proud to work with community organisations like Multicap to deliver suitable and supported accommodation for people with disability, while achieving greater value for the community,” Mr Brown said.
“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to creating jobs in Queensland and it’s great that this project will bring jobs to our local area.”
Multicap CEO Ms Joanne Jessop thanked the State Government for its continued support of Multicap’s activities.
“It is very concerning for elderly parents and carers when they can no longer care for their adult sons or daughters with disability and are faced with the challenge of securing sustainable living arrangements,” Ms Jessop said.
“This excellent Queensland Government initiative provides them with the choice and reassurance they are seeking.”
For more information about EPCII, visit

www.communities.qld.gov.au/disability/key-projects/elderly-parent-carer-innovation-initiative

Media Contact: Minister O’Rourke’s office 3719 7170
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