We are pleased to congratulate BaptistCare on reaching the (second) ‘turning of the first sod’ milestone for its largest community housing development at Carlingford. The project will deliver 162 much-needed social and affordable housing units for seniors and single-parent families.
To celebrate the commencement of the project, BaptistCare’s CEO, Charles Moore, was joined by the former NSW Minister of Families, Communities and Disability Services, Gareth Ward.
As many of you would be aware, the Carlingford site has a long history with BaptistCare. The six-acre parcel of land was originally purchased by BaptistCare for £2000 in 1948, and in 1953, ‘Yallambi’ home was built to support elderly women during the post-war period. Many older Australians continued to be housed there up until 2017, when Baptistcare relocated the residents to their ‘Gracewood Aged Care Centre’ in Kellyville, in anticipation of the Carlingford redevelopment.
The new housing precinct features three 4-storey unit blocks with an underground car park, plus a central courtyard for the community’s enjoyment. With a focus on seniors, more than 60% of the housing will be allocated to this fast-growing cohort of people under housing stress.
Upon completion of the Carlingford project, Baptistcare will own and operate more than 650 community housing residences over 13 locations in NSW.
The delivery of the project will also see the completion of a 500 unit partnership that BaptistCare has had with the NSW Government.
Churches Housing looks forward to celebrating the completed project with Baptistcare in the not-too-distant future – their work remains invaluable and on mission!