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Today marks the official start of construction on Endeavour Foundation’s $1.2m housing development that will deliver two, new accessible homes for eight people with a disability in Innisfail.
Endeavour Foundation Chief Executive Officer Andrew Donne said the two new five-bedroom houses in Spina Court and Downing Street were funded entirely through the generosity of Endeavour Foundation’s wonderful supporters.
“Once these houses are complete we will have built five new homes for people with a disability in Far North Queensland in just five years. In addition, we are investigating options to build more accessible accommodation in Cairns soon,” Mr Donne said.
“Endeavour Foundation continues partnering with people with a disability to make possibilities a reality in Far North Queensland, much like the parents who first formed the local branch of our organisation in 1961.
“These contemporary houses will look like any other, but will be packed with special features that assist people with an intellectual disability to live independently in the community.
“With assistive living technologies like built-in help/alert buttons, residents can call for assistance whenever needed, while living as independently as possible in their own home,” Mr Donne said.
Service Development and Innovation Manager Andrea Dobson said other people moving into Endeavour Foundations’ accessible homes had enjoyed an improved quality of life and enjoyed the sense of personal indepedence that came from managing household tasks like cleaning, washing and cooking.
“It is a pleasure and a privilege to partner with eight local people as they prepare for this new chapter in their lives,” Ms Dobson said.
“Both houses also include a spare room for support staff and incorporate environmentally friendly features such as a 5 kW solar system and skylights to reduce electricity costs. The houses will also be built to the Platinum Level of Liveable Housing Australia’s guidelines,” she said.
“The design also allows for private space such as a patio from each bedroom, and the assistive living technologies can be tailored to suit the needs of any individual living in the house. This is all about meeting needs now and into the future,” Ms Dobson said.
Mr Donne said Endeavour Foundation was pleased to be making a significant investment in Innisfail, where people with a disability had many opportunities to be included in everyday community life.
“The building company estimates that more than 65 locals will contribute in some way to the construction of these new homes, from the builders to the other trades and services involved in the fit-out of the homes, ready for people to move in,” Mr Donne said.
“It’s also very important that people with a disability have accessible homes available right here in Innisfail, where they can stay close to family and friends in the community they know,” he concluded.