Trans­form­ing Bel­don home

Joondalup Weekender - - Front Page - Lucy Jarvis

REN­O­VA­TORS have been trans­form­ing a Bel­don home to help peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties who want to live in­de­pen­dently.

Own­ers Deb Sav­ille and Lind­say Breach are ren­o­vat­ing their prop­erty for the MAD (Mak­ing a Dif­fer­ence) House Pro­ject.

The Iluka res­i­dents have set it up as a liv­ing legacy, pro­vid­ing multi-pur­pose, af­ford­able, qual­ity hous­ing for a per­son with a dis­abil­ity – pos­si­bly a stu­dent – to live in a ‘shared house­mate’ en­vi­ron­ment.

ECU’s legacy gifts co-or­di­na­tor Su­san Mor­row came up with the MAD House Pro­ject idea so the cou­ple could see their dream re­alised while they were still alive.

Others in­volved in­clude Fu­ture Liv­ing Trust chief ex­ec­u­tive Yvonne Par­nell, whose or­gan­i­sa­tion helps fam­i­lies se­cure ac­com­mo­da­tion for adult off­spring with dis­abil­i­ties when par­ents can no longer care for them.

“We wanted to keep our houses go­ing in per­pe­tu­ity so some­one else could have a home and so we will do­nate them to Fu­ture Liv­ing,” Mr Breach said.

“We wish to set up a schol­ar­ships en­dow­ment fund with ECU; Deb and I are both ed­u­ca­tors and know the power that education can have in chang­ing peo­ple’s lives.”

Their goal is to have three peo­ple shar­ing the house, all ben­e­fit­ing from shared ex­penses as well as com­pan­ion­ship.

Par­a­lympian Priya Cooper and Dis­abil­ity Min­is­ter Stephen Daw­son re­cently vis­ited the MAD House to see progress of the pro­ject, which is set to fin­ish this month.

Flick Re­alty Joon­dalup will man­age the prop­erty and chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Wild­ing said re­cent work in­cluded in­ter­nal paint­ing, kitchen in­stal­la­tion and win­dow in­stal­la­tion.

Mr Wild­ing and his wife Donna, as well as INTU Prop­erty owner Sue Da­ley and Maiolo Con­struc­tion’s Joe Maiolo, have se­cured ma­te­ri­als and trades­peo­ple for free.­mu­ni­ d476938 Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Owner Lind­say Breach, Mike Wild­ing, Par­a­lympian Priya Cooper, Sue Da­ley, Su­san Mor­row, owner Deb Sav­ille, Dis­abil­ity Ser­vices Min­is­ter Stephen Daw­son and Yvonne Par­nell.

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