A winning combination that benefits many Tasmanians

Multicap Tasmania and TasBuild have come together in the development of two new Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) homes in a prime Launceston location. This project will ultimately benefit the residents, individuals with disability and also the Tasmanian building and construction industry.

Multicap Tasmania has just entered its 50th year of operation and has provided accommodation options for people with disability in Launceston for well over 30 years. These homes, while still great for most people, do not suit the modern needs of those with a high level of physical mobility limitations.

The homes are being built in Dowling Street and will provide spacious, modern facilities tailor made for those who require purpose built housing under the NDIS.

The properties have been designed to provide residents with much needed access to the kitchen, bathrooms and leisure areas to maximise their opportunities to pursue their unique goals and develop skills to maintain or further their independence. The finished properties have been designed to meet the Fully Accessible housing standard of the NDIS.

Each of the two buildings are four bedroom and fully accessible with large spaces – built specifically for the needs of the residents. An important part of process is to build an environment that meets the needs of the residents and feels like home. Through conversations with clients and their family members Multicap Tasmania will integrate what will work for them to create a nice, cohesive community with barbecue facilities and recreation spaces.

The site is located a few hundred metres from Kmart, close to the city centre, the river and the Multicap Tasmania community hub in Tamar Street. It is located in a rare flat part of the city; perfect for the residents these homes are being built for.

Multicap Tasmania CEO, Nigel Hill states, “We think this is a really good outcome to our residents in Launceston who will be moving into it [the homes], but also provides new opportunities for others in Launceston who are seeking that sort of accommodation as well”.

Loan funding for the project is being provided by TasBuild, which manages the portable long service leave fund for the State’s building and construction industry.

Michael Irwin, the CEO said a major TasBuild objective was to facilitate construction activity in the building industry especially in the current COVID-19 environment. “This is the perfect time to provide stimulus and help create jobs in the construction industry as economic activity struggles to recover from the COVID-19 impacts” he said.

“We are delighted to help facilitate the construction, knowing this will not only benefit the construction industry but will have flow on effects for the broader Launceston community. The stock of purpose built housing for the disability sector is sadly deficient and our involvement in this project will hopefully result in setting a benchmark for disability housing and provide a long term community benefit.”

This project is being assessed to determine whether the model works and can be replicated in other regions in need of purpose built disability housing. “Having built one new property in Launceston in 2017, the opportunity provided by TasBuild to develop these new properties in Dowling Street will bring a high level of supported accommodation to people requiring that in Launceston” said Nigel Hill.

Janelle (pictured) is a future resident of Dowling Street and is pretty excited as you can tell. 

Would you like to call Dowling Street home?

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Published on 01 Feb 2021