Land to spare

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - News - By ZOE MCMAUGH

Plans have been re­vealed for es­tab­lish­ment of sup­ported liv­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion as an ad­di­tional Yal­lam­bee - Kur­ra­jong Waratah ser­vice in De­niliquin.

It has ear­marked land di­rectly be­hind ex­ist­ing ser­vice fa­cil­i­ties in Napier St, but has not yet con­firmed costs, fund­ing or con­fig­u­ra­tion of the homes.

Land be­hind Yal­lam­bee will also be used to de­velop more fa­cil­i­ties for the ser­vice.

Both fu­ture projects are pro­posed for a small por­tion of a large block al­ready owned by the or­gan­i­sa­tion, which stretches south to the Cobb High­way.

Kur­ra­jong CEO Steve Jaques said the rest of the block is ‘‘sur­plus to our re­quire­ments’’ and would be sold off to a de­vel­oper or in­vestors.

An ap­pli­ca­tion has al­ready been sub­mit­ted to Ed­ward River Coun­cil to sub­di­vide the sur­plus block into 27 lots — 26 for de­vel­op­ment and one to be used as a re­ten­tion area and for emer­gency ac­cess. Two new courts are also pro­posed to ser­vice the new res­i­den­tial area.

‘‘One of the dreams of the pre­vi­ous com­mit­tee (be­fore Yal­lam­bee merged with Kur­ra­jong four years ago) was to own that block of land, and we ne­go­ti­ated that pur­chase two years ago,’’ Mr Jaques said.

‘‘The land is quite large and De­niliquin has a short­age of sub­di­vided land so we have lodged a de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion with the view of sub­di­vid­ing it.

‘‘We will keep what we need, in­clud­ing the block for fu­ture sup­port ac­com­mo­da­tion.

‘‘We re­solved we would sub­di­vide the land be­fore we go out to de­vel­op­ers and we are in the process of fi­nal­is­ing ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion the coun­cil wants, and we ex­pect to have that to them in the next few weeks.

‘‘The ben­e­fit is that this is great res­i­den­tial land: it’s a win:win sit­u­a­tion — a win for us to have this land, and a win for De­niliquin to have 26 blocks for fu­ture res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment.’’

Mr Jac­ques said the in­spi­ra­tion for the sup­port ac­com­mo­da­tion project was the fam­i­lies of De­niliquin.

He said while dis­cus­sions about the project are in the very early stages, the De­niliquin de­vel­op­ment could repli­cate new sup­port ac­com­mo­da­tion pro­vided by Kur­ra­jong in Nar­ran­dera.

‘‘Across all Kur­ra­jong fam­i­lies, the av­er­age of those over 65 who still have their dis­abled chil­dren at home with them is 72,’’ Mr Jac­ques said.

‘‘As they con­tinue to age, what hap­pens to their son or daugh­ter?

‘‘When the par­ents are no longer ca­pa­ble the son or daugh­ter would nor­mally go to another fam­ily mem­ber, but that is not al­ways pos­si­ble.

‘‘In Nar­ran­dera we have just built four two-bed­room units to pro­vide tran­si­tional ac­com­mo­da­tion.

‘‘They can ei­ther co-share the unit, or have a spare bed­room for sup­port staff to stay in or fam­ily.

‘‘That could be the type of model our fam­i­lies want in De­niliquin, but we have al­ready said there would be no more than three dis­abled peo­ple liv­ing in one house.’’

Mr Jac­ques said con­fig­u­ra­tion of the ac­com­mo­da­tion would be de­signed in con­sul­ta­tion with lo­cal fam­i­lies, and all fund­ing op­tions for the fu­ture project are still on the ta­ble.

He said this could in­clude be­ing self­funded by Kur­ra­jong, grant fund­ing, be­quests or even an eq­uity share ar­range­ment with the fam­i­lies who will live in the homes.

A de­ci­sion on the sub­di­vi­sion ap­pli­ca­tion is not ex­pected to be made un­til next year.

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