Salt Torquay set to provide a region first in Specialist Disability Accommodation

June 25, 2020 BY

SDA Fund Australia managing director Nick Abbott with Mayor Rose Hodge, SDA Fund Australia chairman Mark Casey, Inhab Australia director Alison McLeod and Barwon Water’s Seamus Butcher at the Salt Sales Suite Photo: Peter Marshalll

In a first for the Surf Coast, a group of local professionals with a shared passion to enable people with a disability access to the unique Torquay lifestyle are collaborating at Salt.

Salt is fast being recognised for commitment to sustainability and liveability and will soon include Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) in direct response to community need.
Expressions of interest are being sought for a select number of purpose-built SDA houses to be constructed by SDA Fund Australia.
SDA Fund Australia chair Mark Casey said he was delighted to be able to incorporate SDA within the quality development of Salt Townhomes, and is a passionate project for him.
National Disability Insurance Scheme provider Inhab Australia will be the interface between the developer, builder and the participant to ensure people with extreme functional impairment, and or very high support needs can be accommodated locally with full support.
Director Alison McLeod said this exciting new project was set to address the situation where people were residing in substandard accommodation waiting for exactly this type of accommodation option.
“This project will not only meet, but exceed the requirements of the NDIA Design Standard released in October 2019.”
Surf Coast Shire mayor Rose Hodge, who is passionate about providing more suitable disability care and support in the region, said it was great to see this fantastic collaboration taking place in the Surf Coast.
“It would be wonderful if every new estate had this level of inclusiveness to enable everyone to be an active part of their local community.
Shire chief executive officer Keith Baillie also acknowledged the importance of this initiative for more supportive disability accommodation in the shire.
“Council is supportive of this type of integrated development and would like to see projects like this expanded to other communities in the region.”
Barwon Water’s head of strategy, systems and environment seamus Butcher said Barwon Water was thrilled to be part of this initiative.
“As well as its 7.5-star One Planet Living rating, a key design focus of Salt Torquay was to meet the Liveable Housing Australia accessible design guidelines.
“Salt Torquay represent Barwon Water’s commitment to accessibility, sustainability and affordability.
“The proceeds from the sale of lots from Salt Torquay help keep customer bills affordable as we deliver our essential water and sewerage services.”
Inhab Australia are registered provider of SDA and support co-ordination services.
For all enquiries regarding SDA @ Salt Townhomes, phone 0408 300 746 or email [email protected]

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