Work set to begin on major disability services expansion
Work is set to begin on a major expansion of services offered by iconic South Australian disability service provider Minda Incorporated at its 28-hectare site at Brighton.
Minister for Disabilities Tony Piccolo today attended the turning of the sod at Minda's Brighton site to mark the start of work on Stage One of the organisation's ten-year Master Plan.
"Over the next ten years, Minda expects to invest about $200 million expanding its services here at Brighton – a significant investment in improving the quality of life for people living with intellectual disability," he said.
"Stage one of this exciting development will involve the construction of 62 new bedrooms for existing clients, a new apartment building featuring 17 apartments, as well as eight new houses to support 23 residents, and two houses for people with exceptional needs.
"This significant investment is helping to deliver good social and economic outcomes – improving the services available for people living with intellectual disability while generating more than 150 direct jobs."
Mr Piccolo congratulated Minda for their extensive work in developing the Master Plan.
"This ten-year Master Plan reflects Minda's commitment to improving the quality of life for people living with intellectual disability," he said.
"Through this Master Plan, Minda hopes to create a mixed-use precinct accessible to both residents and the broader community, offering lifestyle activities such as arts, crafts and music, as well as commercial and retail opportunities.
'Minda also plans to include the creation of a wetland area, amphitheatre, community garden, coastal nursery and pedestrian-friendly paths.
"It's a development that ultimately will ensure people living with intellectual disability who are supported through Minda can lead rich, fulfilling lives and engage with their community.
"Much like our reforms to the disability sector, this development is about ensuring the client is at the centre – by ensuring they have access to the supports and services they need.
"I congratulate Minda for their commitment and vision, and look forward to seeing this ambitious plan come to fruition."