Q. How much money will the development cost?
A. The redevelopment is expected to cost in the order of $200 million.
Q. How will Minda fund the development?
A. Minda is funding the $200 million development, by using $30 million from selling land the organisation owns at Blackwood Park to fund Stage 1 and the revenue generated by retirement apartments included in Stage 1 to fund future stages. Without the development of these seafront apartments, it would not be possible for Minda to fund the Master Plan and enrich the lives of those with intellectual disability.
Q. Does Minda own the land?
A. Yes Minda owns the land, which was originally purchased for 3,150 pounds.
Q. Will Minda sell any of the site for private development?
A. Minda is regularly approached by property developers interested in some, or all, of its Brighton land holding and, many years ago, the organisation did sell some of its land on Repton Road. Minda does not currently intend to sell any of its land at Brighton.
Q. How many people currently live at Minda?
A. Minda provides accommodation to 521 people living with intellectual disability, with roughly 50% based at Brighton and 50% in the southern metropolitan region of Adelaide. The Brighton site also provides meaningful work and day options for several hundred South Australians with intellectual disability.
Q. Will there be much open space left?
A. Minda are only increasing the building footprint by 1% to 10% in the 10 year plan, thus leaving 90% of Minda’s 28 hectare site as open space. Minda are proposing to open parts of the site to the community and activate this space by introducing community gardens, coastal nursery, wetlands, market gardens, public art, landscaping, etc.
Q. Is Minda proposing to retain all the significant trees on the site?
A. Minda aims to retain as many significant trees as possible. A tree survey was carried out; the majority of trees are in good to average health. 226 (58%) are in good health, 137 (35%) average health, 22 (6%) poor health and 3 trees are dead. This is largely due to; inappropriate species for the local climate, limited irrigation, limited mulching, drought conditions in the previous decade, surface sealing and root disturbance and poor quality of stock at the time of planting.
Q. Has Minda considered the impact of shading on local residents and vegetation of primary and secondary dunes?
A. Yes, sun shading analysis has been carried out which shows the development does not impact on local residents or the primary and secondary dunes.
Q. Will any of the local residents lose any daylight during the winter months?
A. No, all buildings will be designed to avoid overshadowing on existing properties.
Q. Will Minda obscure all south facing windows of all three apartments protecting the privacy of local residents?
A. The new apartments will be designed to avoid any impact on adjacent properties and comply with Council guidelines.
Q. Will accommodation adjacent to Repton Road increase noise levels and will people supported by Minda be more likely to visit surrounding properties?
A. Minda already owns a number of houses on and adjacent to Repton Road. There has never been any suggestion (and certainly no evidence) that noise levels are increased in the houses where the people we support reside.
The people Minda support are no more likely to visit neighbouring properties than any other member of the local community. So, while it is possible a person living with intellectual disability may knock on the door of a neighbour in an effort to be sociable, there is nothing to suggest they would adopt a visiting routine that would be intrusive or persistent.
Q. Will the multi storey resident retirement units at the beach be fenced from any access to people supported by Minda at the Brighton site?
A. No, we are not proposing to build a gated community at Brighton. People with intellectual disability and retirees will have the opportunity to access a balance of public and more secluded spaces.
Q. Why doesn’t Minda develop the retirement apartments in the centre of the site rather than on the foreshore?
A. The return on investment would be significantly reduced. Without the development of seafront apartments, it simply would not be possible for Minda to fund the Master Plan.
Q. Is Minda proposing to develop the secondary dunes?
A. Minda is not proposing to build on the undeveloped secondary dune. Minda listened to the community and, as a result, have decided to build on Jack Fox Oval and on the already developed secondary dunes, where outdated, unsuitable accommodation is currently located. This area is no longer secondary dunes and was progressively developed from 1956 through to the 1970s.
Q. Why are you proposing to build on Jack Fox Oval?
A. The oval is not used by Minda or the people Minda support, and is rarely used by those Minda have commercial agreements with - Somerton SLSC and St Peters Woodlands School.
Q. How can you justify developing commercial operations on land that has traditionally been used to care for those with intellectual disability?
A. This whole project is about providing the best possible support to people living with intellectual disability. The current accommodation on site no longer meets modern standards and must be replaced. The only way this can be financed is through these sorts of developments.
The Master Plan development is about doing what is best for the people supported by Minda. The best practice approach is to create a more integrated community setting, bringing the broader community in whilst providing a safe, flexible and more integrated living environment for the people Minda support.
This form of development is believed to have the least impact on the amenity of Minda’s Brighton site.
Q. Was the self advocacy group or any other individuals involved in the design process?
A. Yes the Self Advocacy Group, Minda Reference Group and various other residents and supported employees were consulted with during the Master Plan phase.