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Endeavour Foundation client Graham Johnson and Chairman Grant Murdoch have turned the first sod in the construction of two modern houses for people with a disability in White Rock, Cairns.
The new development is part of Endeavour Foundation’s self-funded At Home With Choices project to deliver contemporary, spacious houses with a maximum of four people living in each.
Mr Murdoch said the two five-bedroom houses will accommodate eight people with a disability. Additional bedrooms will be used for support staff.
“In building these houses, we’re moving away from the larger dormitory-style accommodation model that was historically used,” he said. “By providing homes with fewer tenants we are able to offer a better lifestyle for people with a disability.
“Residents will have greater choice about where they live and who they live with and greater opportunities for independent living skill development, within a supportive environment,” Mr Murdoch said.
The new houses in White Rock will be universally accessible and will be equipped with five kilowatt solar power systems to reduce costs and carbon emissions.
“Assistive living technologies such as entry and exit sensors, help alarms and panic buttons will promote greater independence for residents and a safe living environment,” said Mr Murdoch.
“Including the land purchase, construction and furnishings, these two houses represent a $1.1 million commitment in Cairns by Endeavour Foundation. This year we expect to spend around $8 million on building and refurbishing houses and services throughout the state.”
Funds for the At Home With Choices program are raised by Endeavour Foundation Lotteries. The project will also receive a boost from the 2013 Queensland Great Endeavour Rally – a charity off-road motoring event that will travel from Caloundra to Port Douglas between July 13 and 20.
Endeavour Foundation has been in Cairns for half a century and provides supported accommodation, respite, in-home support, post-school education, training, and Learning & Lifestyle services to 74 people in Cairns. Sixty-six people with a disability are employed by Endeavour Foundation in Aumuller Street while Recycled Clothing Stores in Gordonvale, Woree and Cairns raise vital funds.
WORK IN PROGRESS: Endeavour Foundation Chairman Grant Murdoch (left) and Graham Johnson at the White Rock site where two new houses will be built for people with a disability