New $ 10 million village to help seniors “age in place”
“The Elders Village” will be built near “Warriparinga” – a site of cultural significance – near the River Sturt in Bedford Park.
The development is a partnership between the Marshall Liberal Government, the National Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander non-profit housing provider, Aboriginal Community Housing Limited (ACHL), the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC) and the Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation.
Social Services Minister Michelle Lensink said the village will create long-term housing for seniors in a village designed to be culturally inclusive.
“The new Seniors Village was designed in partnership with Indigenous people and will provide 40 individual homes for our seniors at risk of homelessness, in housing built and managed by Indigenous people,” said Minister Lensink.
“This initiative will provide more choices for seniors who would otherwise be housed in social housing and allow us to help other South Australians at risk of homelessness as they transition from social housing to the village.”
Culturally inclusive features include an outdoor fireplace and the homes have mobility aids, allowing residents to stay in their homes as they age.
ILSC will grant the land, approximately 13 km south of the CBD, to the Kaurna Pangkarra Property Trust, a subsidiary of the indigenous title holders Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation (KYAC). ACHL will oversee construction and provide rental management services once the village, consisting of 40 detached houses, is built.
ACHA President Maureen O’Meara said the village’s unique design, incorporating the importance of bringing people together, would provide elders with cultural comfort as well as certainty in housing.
“ACHL is proud to be a part of this unique and indispensable project, as it will provide a safe, stable, affordable, accessible, supportive and culturally appropriate opportunity to ‘grow old in place’ for older Aborigines and Strait Islanders. Torres in Adelaide, ”Ms. O’Meara said.
Following consultation with the Indigenous community, Adelaide firm C4 Architects included disabled-friendly units with kitchen, dining room, living room, separate bedroom and bathroom to promote the autonomy of Indigenous and Island Elders. Torres Strait.
Joe Morrison, CEO of the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation, said the organization prides itself on playing a pivotal role in providing a culturally appropriate independent living solution for the aborigines of South Australia.
“ILSC believes that the joint approach between Indigenous title holders, the state government, community organizations and a federal government entity is key to the success of a project that will provide social and cultural benefits to long term to Indigenous Elders in Kaurna Country, ”said Mr. Morrison.
“As the current landowner, ILSC is working in partnership with Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation to further unlock the potential of the site to enable them to acquire assets that will generate significant benefits for the wider Kaurna community.
Kaurna Nation Pangkarra Property Trust Chairman Garth Agius said the Indigenous Elder Village is a welcome opportunity for the Pangkarra Trust and the Kaurna Nation.
“Adelaide has been our home for thousands of years,” Mr. Agius said.
“It is still our traditional lands, our Yarta, our Pangkarra country, but as traditional owners we still do not own our own homes,” said Mr. Agius.
“KYAC appreciates the support shown by all the financial partners to allow the village of indigenous elders to continue.
The cultural safety of our elders and their well-being is our top priority and is well supported by bespoke design on lands of cultural significance to the Kaurna people. It is with tears of joy that KYAC will see seniors well cared for in the future.
Construction of the village is expected to start in early 2022.