Grant to a good home

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 07-Dec-2017

Cathy Gaskell and Ann-Maree Davis. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN.

The announcement this week of a housing grant of almost $300,000 was welcomed by the not-for-profit organisation, 

The grant will be used by Amicus to build a fully accessible, two-bedroom unit providing much-needed, affordable housing for people with a disability.

Amicus CEO, Ann-Maree Davis, said the grant came from the estate of the late Gordon Alexander Webster.

“We are hoping to have the unit completed before the end of next year,” she said.

“Affordable housing for people with a disability has been an ongoing issue in Bendigo and we are eternally grateful for Gordon Webster’s generous contribution. 

“There are a large number of carers in our community who are in their 80s and 90s who are still caring for their adult family members due to a lack of appropriate housing options.”

Ms Davis also noted there are a number of young people in nursing homes with acquired disabilities, due to a lack of more appropriate housing.

Aside from the grant from Mr Webster, Amicus plans to build three additional two-bedroom units by using the proceeds of land sales from its former site at Cecil St, North Bendigo.  

The recently subdivided site is known as Market Gardens Estate.

“The residential land is now for sale and all proceeds from the land sales will be used to build housing for people with a disability,” Ms Davis said. 

“We are pleased that we have been able to honour Gordon Webster in a lasting way by naming a subdivision street – Webdon Drive – after him.” 


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