New homes for residents of Colanda disability centre

Approximately 20 residents of Colac’s Colanda Centre are set to move to modern community-based supported accommodation homes as a result of $5.7 million in funding from the Victorian Coalition Government.

Speaking today with parents of residents, Victoria’s Public Advocate Colleen Pearce and senior officials from the National Disability Insurance Agency at Colanda, Parliamentary Secretary for Families and Community Services Andrea Coote announced the funding on behalf of the Minister for Disability Services and Reform Mary Wooldridge and said work would soon commence with families and residents who want to move to the new accommodation.

“This significant investment means we can now deliver on the personal plans of residents who have said they want to move to new homes in Colac and its surrounding areas,” Ms Coote said.

“We will now start the detailed work of planning where four new homes will be built, how they will operate, who will live in them and when they can move.”

Ms Coote said the new homes would be opened in 2016 and families, residents and staff would play a key role throughout the redevelopment.

“We will work closely with residents, families and staff to carefully manage the move to the new homes as we know Colanda has been home to many people for many years.”

Ms Wooldridge said today’s announcement delivers on the Napthine Government’s commitment to modernise disability supported accommodation and close congregate-care style disability institutions such as the Oakleigh Centre for Intellectually Disabled Citizens, and Bendigo’s Sandhurst Residential Services.

“The Coalition Government has funded the closure of outdated institutional facilities at Sandhurst and Oakleigh and we are working in partnership with the NDIS in Barwon to ensure the best outcome for residents of Colanda,” Ms Wooldridge said.

“The experts and research are very clear that people with disabilities have improved quality of life and outcomes when they are able to live in smaller homes in the community.

“The Napthine Government is investing to ensure the residents of Colanda have options about where they live as the NDIS takes shape.”

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Housing, Accommodation, Tenancy

The Hon. Mary Wooldridge MP

Media Release

Date published:
Fri 5th Sep, 2014