Support home in the works
Helping families in the toughest times
IMAGINE having a loved one in hospital and not being able to stay close enough to see them regularly.
For many families this is a reality, so Sunshine Coast Health Foundation and Wishlist are joining forces with Ausmar Homes and local contractors to build the fourth The House the Coast Built.
It’s an ambitious project for an affordable accommodation facility for families with unwell relatives receiving life-saving treatment at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
With funds raised from 92.7 Mix FM’s Give Me 5 For Kids and other initiatives, Wishlist has purchased a piece of land close to the hospital. Settlement was set for yesterday, marking the official start to this massive project, which will be a community effort with trades and services being donated from across the region.
Wishlist chief executive officer Lisa Rowe said the project was about harnessing community contract and supplier
support with Ausmar homes “to build a house for nothing”.
Previously Wishlist has auctioned off the charity-built homes, with all proceeds going towards a specific cause.
“This time the difference is we are retaining the house and the property and using it for the purpose of family accommodation; it’s within walking distance of the hospital,” Ms Rowe said. “There’s also a shut-
tle service that runs, since SCUH opened, to provide emergency home service for families in crisis, but it’s not close enough.
“When you have a child in the children’s ward that you need to be close to or whether you’re visiting the hospital regularly for someone you care about, it’s ideal to be closer.”
Ausmar Homes business unit manager Josh Green said they hoped to be on site next year in February and then hand over in July.
“Ausmar are putting the house together, but aren’t physically doing the work. It’s all of the guys that work with us week in and week out that are making it happen,” Mr Green said.
“Without them we can’t build the house, we can’t build a half-a-million-dollar house for free. It takes 150-odd people to all put in to make it happen.”
This is Wishlist’s next step to support families with close hospital accommodation after taking over the emergency hospital accommodation facility, Reed House, in Nambour.
BIG PLANS: Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe and Ausmar Homes business unit manager Josh Green are collaborating to build the fourth The House The Coast Built.