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A Latrobe Valley-based builder has been selected to lead a multi-million dollar project to build new supported living units for people living with a disability in Yarram.

Moe-based Kingbuilt, which specialises in the design and construction of custom homes, has won the tender to construct the units for Mirridong Services.

Local MP Darren Chester, who announced $2.32 million in Federal Government funding for the project last year, said he was pleased the project would bring opportunities for tradespeople and suppliers in Gippsland.

“There are many people in Yarram who will be pleased to see work begin on site,” Mr Chester said. “This is a project with a lot of community support.

“The finished units will make a real difference in the day-to-day lives of some of the most vulnerable in our community and take some of the worry away about the future for their families.

“This is a significant project for Yarram, which will help support local jobs while construction is underway and create on-going employment opportunities for around 14 people.”

Mirridong Services chief executive officer Doreen Milne said work at the site on Church Road was expected to begin soon.

“This is an exciting time for everyone associated with Mirridong, but none more so than for those who will call these new units their home,” Ms Milne said.

“We have worked hard to make sure these units are well designed as both a home and a workplace. The units must suit the needs of the people who will live there, but also function well for our staff members who’ll work there.

“During the tender process, Mirridong has been steadfast in its position that as many local trades from the Yarram area as possible are to be involved in this project.  We are determined this project will not only benefit our region socially, but also economically.”

The funding was allocated to Mirridong Services through the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund for the 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 work at the units.

The units are expected to be finished early next year.




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