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Bella’s Sanctuary – a transitional bridging accommodation residence

Bella’s Sanctuary is the first Australian purpose-built bridging accommodation facility for those affected by domestic and family violence that was funded 100% by the corporate sector, then donated to the not-for-profit sector, specifically DVConnect, who will own and manage operations.

Mirvac, Halcyon and 90 building suppliers spent 18 months creating the 5 unit, $1.67 million dollar residence on the Gold Coast. Mirvac donated the land and Halcyon, together with their suppliers designed and built the residence. 90 Queensland building suppliers donated their time, materials and labour. See who the list of generous suppliers were who donated their time, materials and labour.

The residence has 5 units. 2 one-bedroom units, including a unit for disabled, 2 two-bedroom units and 1 three bedroom unit, each with their own kitchenette, living area and courtyard. It also has a communal kitchen, living room, laundry, play area, garage, administration office, 24/7 security camera system, an alarm, as well as keypad entry on all doors and gates.

The residence is not a refuge, it is for women and children after they have escaped a domestic violence situation, where they want to remain on the Gold Coast, close to their employment or support system. Or, for women who have been in a refuge, but are now looking to transition into independent housing. This residence provides a financially viable and supportive stepping stone that cements rental history and enables access to local supports, safety, local schools, and independence through provision of a stable home environment.

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Award winning

Bella’s Sanctuary has been successful in a number of awards:

2019 Winner of the Excellence in Social Responsibility, The Urban Developer Awards

2019 Winner of the Excellence in Industry Leadership, The Urban Developer Awards

2019 Development of the Year, Social Infrastructure (Finalist) The Urban Developer Awards

2019 Winner of the Business Category through developer Halcyon at the Gold Coast City Council Safer Suburbs Award

2019 Winner of the Creating Change Award, Gold Coast Women In Business Awards, Marie Cone of Halcyon who originally created the idea of Bella’s Sanctuary

Thank you for your help, for everything you have done for me over the last few days. Your services are more than impressive and impeccable for anyone who may be in danger or in need of help of any kind. I may not be here today without your protection and the services you provided me. It is amazing to know there are people out there that give their absolute best to keep others safe, because they can and they care. Before making the call to you I felt too ashamed and far too proud to ask anyone for help. But now I feel strong knowing that I had the courage to put my hand up and ask for help. It saved my life! 

Sarah, Gold Coast

We need your support.

With your donation we can:

  • Provide more emergency transport and accommodation to those escaping violence.
  • Provide more temporary accommodation for pets whose families have escaped violence.
  • Provide more crisis counselling to those who have experienced violence.
  • Educate Queenslanders on how they can help family/friends experiencing violence.