- New Mirridong facility provides state-of-the-art disability accommodation
- Independent units now available in Yarram
- All local tradespeople used to construct and fit out the facility
In a first for Yarram, Mirridong Services can now offer mostly self-sufficient living to its clients with the official opening of two independent living units today.
Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the magnificent new facility that included a supported accommodation house in addition to the units would provide a state-of-the-art home for nine Yarram residents living with a disability.
“The independent living units, containing two bedrooms each, will allow four Mirridong clients to enhance their day-to-day skills by living in a supported environment while still having access to all of the necessary services they need,” Mr Ryan said.
“This is the first time this type of accommodation has been available in Yarram. Now those wanting to live in an independent living unit no longer have to relocate to Traralgon and leave their family behind.
“This weekend will mark an exciting time for the Mirridong community when the four occupants of the new independent living units shift into their new homes.”
Mr Ryan said he was pleased that Mirridong Services had engaged local tradespeople and businesses to construct and fit out the new units and supported accommodation house.
“Mirridong has a proud history in Yarram, which has been made possible by many members of the community, so it is fantastic to see that those who have supported the project in the past have been employed to produce this new facility,” Mr Ryan said.
Mirridong CEO Guy Webb said the organisation chose to use local people to construct the facility due to the community support it had received in the past.
“In addition, for each service we required the organisation to obtain a number of quotes and every time it was more viable to use the local tradespeople and suppliers over those who had to travel,” he said.
Mr Webb said the new supported accommodation house would provide parents with assurance that their adult child would have a secure place to live and access to the necessary services once they were no longer able to care for them in the family home.
“Mirridong has five long-term clients that will take advantage of the new supported accommodation house,” Mr Webb said.
“The facility has been built specifically for the use of people with disabilities and the supported accommodation house is fully accessible for wheelchairs with wider doorways and passages.
“The facility also features a solar hot water system, double glazing, extensive insulation, LED lighting and four 30,000 litre rainwaters tanks to reduce energy consumption.
“Mirridong Services is proud that it has been able to finance all of the new facilities from the savings it has built up from years of financial astuteness.”
Media contact: Stephanie Nicholls 0437 108 870 email@example.com