Dedicated community house for the disabled opens in regional Victoria

Media Release


07 October 2016

Joint release with:

Jaala Pulford

Victorian Minister for Regional Development

Damian Drum

Federal Member for Murray

The McKenzie Hill community south of Bendigo celebrated the official opening of the Lions McDonald Hill House today—a dedicated facility to support the disabled and their carers throughout the region.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the facility will help reduce the financial burden that families face when caring for a person with a disability.

“The facility will increase access to healthcare, sport, entertainment and community activities, where carers from the community can come together in support of those in need,” Minister Nash said.

“It is a great story of the community giving back to those who need it the most, and it will stand for years to come as a celebration of the generosity of local clients, their carers and individuals who have supported the project.

“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and facilities like this do exactly that.”

The $1.186 million facility includes a five ensuite-bedroom house with a large, flexible floor plan for the living spaces so that multiple clients and carers can use the house at any one time. It is expected to benefit up to 150 individuals in need of respite each year.

The Mount Alexander Shire Accommodation and Respite Group (MARSARG) has worked tirelessly for a decade to build a respite house within the region.

Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum said he was very pleased to attend the opening as it was a key funding election commitment by The Nationals candidate for the seat of Bendigo West Steven Oliver in 2010.

“I congratulate the local Lions Club on its role in the project and make special mention of Eileen and Bob McDonald who generously donated the land,” Mr Drum said.

Victorian Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford said, “This is a perfect example of giving back to our community, standing side by side with them and ensuring everyone has the support they need”.

The Lions McDonald Hill House was jointly funded, with the Coalition Government contributing $300,000, the Victorian Government $350,000 alongside funding from various community organisations.