Work on a mixed-use housing development in North Lakes, intended for young people with high physical-care needs, has officially commenced with the sod-turning ceremony held on 27 March 2019.

Non-for-profit organisation Youngcare, in partnership with the Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane, is set to deliver North Lake’s first integrated housing development by 2020.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane will fund the design and construction as well as purchase the land which will then be leased to Youngcare.

Youngcare CEO Anthony Ryan said that the development is an essential step forward “in putting an end to young people with a disability being left behind in inappropriate and unacceptable accommodation due to a lack of suitable housing options.”

Photo Credit: Youngcare / youngcare.com.au

The development follows Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher’s recent announcement of a national action plan aimed at reducing the number of young people with a disability in aged care.

“There are currently around 2,500 young Queenslanders with high care needs living in inappropriate accommodation like aged care, hospital rooms and institutionalised housing, with more than 200 living in the Moreton Bay Region,” Mr Ryan said.

“By working with the Moreton Bay Regional Council and Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane to build an integrated development at North Lakes, we can make a real difference in the lives of young people in our community who deserve to live where and how they want,” Mr Ryan said.

The complex will feature seven two-bedroom accessible apartments with onsite and around-the-clock care to cater to the individual needs of its residents. At the ground floor will feature a café, rehabilitation therapy tenancies, and retail outlets.

“The mix of uses is designed to engage the external community, create vibrancy and ensure that young people with high care needs are fully integrated in a true community, avoiding isolation and segregation,” the Youngcare’s website said.