New home for residents with disability

SEVERAL Derwent Valley residents with disability are now enjoying a new residential group home which opened last Wednesday. Human Services minister Cassy O’Connor said the new six-bedroom residential property at New Norfolk was a well-designed, environmentally-friendly and liveable new home.

“This new home will increase the quality of life for the residents living here and ensure that they have the support they need,” Ms O’Connor said. It was a major improvement on the previous two storey building that was no longer suitable. “I am delighted to hear how happy the residents are with their new beautiful home. This project demonstrates the benefits of the government and the not-for-profit sector working together for the good of Tasmanians.”

The new single-level residence in Andrews St is managed by non-government organisation Moondani Inc and provides a more comfortable home for its residents. “Moondani has a strong history in providing residential support services to people with an intellectually disability in the Derwent Valley,” Ms O’Connor said. “Moondani is committed to making a difference in the lives of people with a disability and their families.”

Ms O’Connor said the new building met the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992  for access and socially appropriate accommodation for people with disabilities as well as the Australian Standards for disability design. “The new design also achieves a minimum five-star energy rating and incorporates many environmentally friendly features including green heating and cooling systems,” she said.

As well as having comfortable accommodation, the residents are able to grow vegetables and flowers in raised garden beds. The new group home was designed by Shane Mann and Associates and built by Wilson Homes for Housing Tasmania.

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