Two new contemporary homes for people living with disability were formally opened by the Minister for Disability Services, The Hon. Ray Williams on behalf of local disability service provider, Fairhaven Services, on Tuesday 27 February, 2018.

The two and three bedroom villas in Booker Bay will be home to five women, four of whom have been living in the local community during the construction phase. The villas are the result of a project that the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (Ageing, Disability and Home Care) funded as part of a NSW Government Large Residential Centre (LRC) Devolution Project initiative and which commenced at Fairhaven’s Kincumber site in 2016.

Fairhaven CEO, Monique Cardon, said “The construction was delayed due to the cultural sensitivity of the site, but we have been able to work with archaeologists and the local Darkinjung community to understand the importance of the land and surrounds. The site will be treated with respect.”

The Hon. Ray Williams cuts the ribbon with Fairhaven residents Julianne, Lindy-Sue, Jo-Ann and Ruth.

The Hon. Ray Williams cuts the ribbon with Fairhaven residents Julianne, Lindy-Sue, Jo-Ann and Ruth.

The two villas feature spacious bedrooms, accessible bathrooms, shared living areas, fully equipped kitchens, modern facilities and large courtyard areas. The back yard has been protected and will be accessible to the local Aboriginal community in consultation with Fairhaven and the residents.

Contemporary Living Options Manager, Janie Cruickshank, said “These homes have been designed to support community inclusion for our residents and are located close to shops, clubs and a local movie theatre. Our residents are supported with 24 hour care by Fairhaven staff.”

“The smaller living environment provides opportunity for each resident to be supported to develop skills associated with everyday home life, for example, cooking, and grocery shopping, maintaining the home and gardens and inviting friends to visit.

The move to community-based living is about people with disabilities having the same rights, opportunities and freedoms as everyone else,” she said.

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