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Aged care facility for people with a disability wins prestigious design award

1 September 2011

Minister for Ageing and Disability Services, Andrew Constance, has commended the efforts of the design team behind the Casuarina Grove aged care facility for people with a disability on the Central Coast, after it received a prestigious award from the Urban Design Institute of Australia (UDIA), NSW Chapter 

The project, which was managed by Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC), demonstrated the larger range and type of supported accommodation being developed by the NSW Government to better meet the needs of people with a disability.

“We are committed to redeveloping existing large residential centres for people with a disability and providing more appropriate accommodation in community settings with a more home-like environment,” Mr Constance said.

“Casuarina Grove was developed to meet the accommodation needs of residents of the now-closed Peat Island Centre, a facility that operated for almost 100 years.”

“Extensive consultations were conducted with the residents, their families, guardians and carers, before Casuarina Grove was developed.”

“The outstanding design features of the project relate primarily to the team’s understanding of the residents’ needs and the sensitive responses to these.”

The Urban Design Institute of Australia NSW Award judges noted:

“The design of the facility provides a welcoming home-like setting… the use of single-storey construction, local builders and a straightforward approach to the overall planning has achieved value for money.”

Mr Constance said work on a number of other large residential centre redevelopments was in progress and he looked forward to improving the quality of life for more residents and providing greater certainty for their families.

“The NSW Government’s commitment to increasing the range and type of supported accommodation services is an important element of the second phase of Stronger Together, an investment of an extra $2 billion over the next five years,” Mr Constance said.

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