A $1.5 million innovative and accessible housing project has opened in Nanango today to provide accommodation for up to five people with disability, while bringing peace of mind to their elderly parent carers.
Disability Services Minister Coralee O’Rourke said Heritage Lodge, managed by South Burnett CTC, featured six two-bedroom units in a three-duplex configuration, with plans to extend.
“As part of the Elderly Parent Carer Innovation Initiative (EPCII), this project, will give older parent carers more certainty about the long-term care options for their son or daughter with disability,” Mrs O’Rourke said.
“EPCII is all about coming up with smart solutions, and I am pleased that with the help of local organisations like South Burnett CTC, we are working to address a shortfall in appropriate accommodation.
“Our Government has committed $488,000 towards this project through the EPCII, as well as land through the Government Land for Accommodation and Support Services program,” she said.
“South Burnett CTC has also been supported by Heritage Nanango Community Funding and the South Burnett Regional Council, along with local support service providers and businesses.
“These types of projects are a wonderful example of how such partnerships can provide more suitable and sustainable accommodation options for people with disability.”
Minister O’Rourke said the construction of the new premises had led to the creation of additional work and jobs for local tradespeople and suppliers during construction.
“Our Government is committed to creating jobs in Queensland and as a result of this investment, more than 10 local jobs have been supported,” she said.
South Burnett CTC Chief Executive Officer Christine Temperton said the opening of Heritage Lodge was the culmination of more than five years of hard work and commitment.
“The ‘good neighbour’ model being used at Heritage Lodge is brilliant for smaller communities like Nanango as it provides people with disability with appropriate housing that is not readily available in this region, along with an appropriate level of support,” she said.
“For elderly parents of people with disability who have provided non-stop care for 25 or more years, there is undoubtedly enormous worry and stress about what will happen to their sons and daughters when they can no longer take care of them.
“We hope they gain some comfort from seeing new accommodation options like Heritage Lodge being developed.
“We look forward to progressing stage two of Heritage Lodge and helping more people with disability live more independently in our community.”
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