Not-for-profit disability services provider, Central Coast Living Options (CCLO), is building two five-bedroom supported accommodation homes in Gorokan to help provide accommodation for people with a disability.
A milestone ‘ground breaking’ marked the start of construction of the CCLO development which was supported by Community Sector Banking.
The Gorokan project was one of Australia’s first disability housing projects being built to meet NDIS’ Supported Disability Accommodation standards, which are designed to provide people with disabilities greater independence and dignity in their living arrangements.
CCLO hosted the golden shovel ‘ground breaking’ event and tree planting at the site, on Minnamurra Rd, to celebrate the start of development.
The event was attended by: Ms Judy Andrews, Chairperson of CCLO; Mr Kevin Johnston, CEO of CCLO; Mr Kieran Turner, Community Sector Banking State Business Manager; and, Mr David Harris, Member for Wyong.
“This build symbolises not only a new ground-breaking enterprise for CCLO and Community Sector Banking, it heralds the start of a new era where people with a disability live with greater independence and dignity,” said Ms Andrews.
“We have been waiting five long years to bring our dream to fruition, and thank Community Sector Banking for partnering with us to provide finance for this construction,” she said.
“It has long been difficult to obtain finance for disability housing developments, which has left Australia with a critical lack of homes for people with disabilities.
“We are committed to leading the change under the NDIS and financing disability housing,” she concluded.
Media release, Nov 10
Alys Francis, Fifty Acres