Tenders for the construction of living accommodation for people with a disability in Yarram are on track to be called early next year.
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester this week met with Mirridong Services CEO Doreen Milne, who said the plans were close to being finalised.
Mirridong Services will receive $2.32 million from the Federal Government to provide more suitable accommodation for its clients in the Yarram area.
“Mirridong, its staff, residents and others who take part in its programs are a much-loved and valued part of the Yarram community,” Mr Chester said.
“It is a great privilege and pleasure to make a real and meaningful difference in the lives of some of our most vulnerable and deserving people, such as Mirridong’s families.
“When this project is finished, it will give aging parents peace of mind that their adult children will be cared for when they are no longer able to look after them.
“And, unfortunately, aged care facilities are often the only option when emergencies arise.”
The funding was allocated to Mirridong Services through the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund to build fully accessible supported living units. The bedrooms will fit a double bed, small couch, desk and wardrobe, and have an adjoining ensuite. There will also be ensuite bedrooms and offices for carers who reside within the units.
Ms Milne said the plans for the new accommodation units were expected to be finalised soon, enabling tenders to be called for soon after.
“This is an exciting stage for us,” Ms Milne said. “It has been important for us to make sure we get the design of the units right to suit the needs of those who will work there and, most importantly, those who will call these units home.”
“Once we have called for tenders from construction companies, everyone will be able to see how this project is taking shape.”
Construction of the new units will provide six to 12 months work for local tradespeople.
Once operational, there will be permanent part-time work of around 30 hours a week for 10 staff members and four part-time positions of 10-15 hours a week to help with community participation programs on weekends and holidays.