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Saturday, 23 April 2011

Disabled find their home is no longer safe: Daily Telegraph

Gemma Jones reports in today's Daily Telegraph (Sydney) about dilemmas arising from devolution of a large residential centre in Sydney, redevelopment of the site and relocation of residents.

Disabled residents of a historic Sydney home are to be moved on, with a not-for-profit organisation planning to develop a complex of seven-storey unit blocks on the site.

Some of the residents have lived at Crowle House at Ryde for almost 50 years - and families signed bonds believing their relatives would have a haven for life.

The historic home on 2ha was donated to people with a disability by the family of a philanthropist who had allowed disadvantaged children to live there.

Two years ago it was taken over by Achieve Australia, a private service provider for the disabled which boasts Olympian Duncan Armstrong as ambassador.

A spokeswoman confirmed Achieve would move 31 residents into supported housing and there were plans with council for seven-storey buildings with hundreds of units.

She claimed some residents might be able to move back after the development but she said other units would be sold to fund Achieve programs and to protect Crowle House from debt ..... read on here for the full article

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