When the floods hit Toowoomba earlier this year, John* fled his unit and headed south. He landed up in a caravan park. He didn’t know a soul there. John was one of the first people to be housed in Illowra Place.
Funding was accessed from the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Housing NSW and National Affordability Rental Scheme under the Federal Government stimulus package.
Construction on the $4.7 million project began in September 2010, and the complex is located directly across the road from the organisation’s aged care site BCS Maranoa Centre – Lismore.
BCS has worked with builders 50 Plus to ensure that the development incorporates both age friendly design features to ensure accessibility for all, and environmental sustainability design features to reduce living costs for residents and the impact on the environment.
The development was a nominee in the Affordable Development category of the UDIA NSW Austral Bricks 2012 Awards for Excellence.
The 26 unit social housing complex was officially opened on 31 October 2011 and is providing housing for older people who wish to live near older people who share similar interests and needs, with formal and informal support systems. BCS has strong links with local aged care services and BCS Illowra Place offers seniors access to shops, transport and other services.
The Lismore social housing development is complemented by a second social housing development constructed by BCS, a 33 unit complex of one and two bedroom units at BCS Clinton Place, Goulburn.