Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

First sod turned on assisted living house in Mount Gambier

Media Release

FN168/2017

09 October 2017

Joint release with:

Tony Pasin

Member for Barker

Neville Gilbertson

Chair of Ryder–Cheshire Home Foundation

  • First sod turned on second home for Ryder-Cheshire Mount Gambier project
  • Purpose built assisted accommodation will support up to five people at once
  • The Coalition Government has invested $530,000 through the Building Better Regions Fund

A second purpose built home to support adults with physical or intellectual disabilities is underway with the first sod turned today on the Ryder-Cheshire Mount Gambier project.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the project, funded under the Government's $500 million Building Better Regions Fund, will double the accommodation space to house people in the region with specific needs.

“The Second Home for Ryder-Cheshire Mount Gambier will accommodate individuals with a range of disabilities, providing an alternative to in-house care for families across the region,” Minister Nash said.

“I aim to build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to, and support facilities such as the Ryder-Cheshire project do that.”

Member for Barker, Tony Pasin, who joined the local community at the sod turn today, said the project demonstrates the Coalition Government's ongoing commitment to deliver the infrastructure communities need.

“The purpose built home will include six bedrooms, bathrooms with special equipment, two lounge areas, a kitchen, dining area, private gardens and security fencing,” Mr Pasin said.

“The project will also provide economic benefits for the local community, expecting to create up to 14 jobs during construction, and another 17 direct and indirect jobs post construction.”

Ryder-Cheshire Mount Gambier Home Foundation Chair Neville Gilbertson said the new facility will be a valuable asset to our community.

“The supported accommodation will make a significant difference to the lives of another five young disabled members of our community,” Mr Gilbertson said.

“The project will also greatly enhance and further the image of Ryder-Cheshire both locally and on the wider front.”

This project is jointly funded with the Federal Coalition Government committing $530,000, Ryder-Cheshire Mount Gambier Home Foundation $420,343, Ryder-Cheshire Australia $100,000and Ryder-Cheshire Foundation $50,000.