Master Plan Turning of the Sod

Minda, in partnership with the AEIOU Foundation, recently celebrated the first sod turning of what will become the largest disability support precinct in South Australia.

Once complete, the community hub at Minda’s Brighton site will offer support and services for pre-school age children right through to their adult years and beyond.

Minda has donated land under a long-term lease to AEIOU, which is constructing a purpose-built $2.3m centre that will provide leading evidence-based early intervention for South Australian children with moderate to severe autism.

The sod-turning event also celebrated the beginning of Stage 2 of Minda’s Master Plan, which will see construction of 11 single-story group dwellings, four single-storey residential flat buildings, and two three-storey residential flat buildings as replacement accommodation for people Minda support.

Stage 2 also includes construction of a lifestyle precinct consisting of four buildings, which will offer a range of employment-generating enterprises, medical suites, day programs, child care and recreational facilities.

This is a pivotal step towards creating a vibrant community hub that offers leading edge accommodation and support for South Australians of all ages with disability, and we are pleased to align with AEIOU Foundation because it shares very similar values, and opens up the prospect of future collaboration in areas such as research, training and development.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme now makes it more critical than ever before to establish and foster strong partnerships with other sector-leading organisations that complement our own support model to ensure that South Australians and their families receive whole-of-life support over time.

The AEIOU Foundation’s centre is expected to be complete in late 2017, with long-time supporters Hutchinson Builders and Buchan Group architects engaged for the project, while SARAH Constructions was recently announced as the builder for Stage 2 of Minda’s Master Plan, which is expected to take about 18 months.

More about the Master Plan can be found here.