12 facts about our bridging accommodation facility

  1. This is an Australian first where the  corporate and not-for-profit sector have teamed up to create a purpose-built bridging accommodation residence that will help those affected by domestic and family violence. Mirvac and developer Halcyon, in partnership with not-for-profit organisation DVConnect have created this stunning 5 unit property.
  2. The facility 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 facility 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.
  3. The land was donated by Mirvac.
  4. The design and build was donated by Halcyon.
  5. Over 90 Halcyon suppliers and contracts donated their time, materials and labour.
  6. Halcyon’s community home owners have fundraising events such as charity balls and have raised $50,000 to help furnish the facility.
  7. Mirvac and Halcyon have donated the $1.67 million facility to DVConnect who will now manage the operational logistics.
  8. The property 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.
  9. The bridging accommodation facility is located on the Gold Coast.
  10. Mirvac and Halcyon’s intent is for other developers and builders to use this as a template and recreate similar accommodation around the country.
  11. The residence was officially opened on Tuesday 27 August 2019 by the Honourable Di Farmer, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic & Family Violence and the Minister for Child Safety, Youth & Women.
  12. Bella’s Sanctuary was the 2019 Winner of the Excellence in Social Responsibility, Urban Developer Awards. It was also the 2019 Winner of the Excellence in Industry Leadership, Urban Developer Awards, as well as 2019 Development of the Year, Social Infrastructure (Finalist) Urban Developer Awards. In addition, it was the 2019 Winner of the Business Category through developer Halcyon at the Gold Coast City Council Safer Suburbs Award. Marie Cone, who had the original idea for Bella’s Sanctuary was awarded the 2019 Winner of the Creating Change Award, at the Gold Coast Women in Business Awards.



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About Halcyon

Halcyon have been a proud Queensland based builder for over 15 years. They are known for their reputation as builders who stand for quality, value, customer service and innovation. Halcyon create lifestyle communities. Halcyon was the first over 50s developer to deliver superior energy-rated homes in Australia. They were also the first to build houses with energy-efficient and environment-sensitive Hebel panelling. They were the first to achieve a UDIA six-leaf EnviroDevelopment Certification for an Australian retirement project. They’re currently developing Australia’s first golf and residential lifestyle community – Halcyon Greens, located on the Gold Coast. This is their biggest community yet.

Find out more about Halcyon.


About Mirvac

Mirvac have been reimagining urban live in Australia since 1972. They have worked alongside Halcyon to create Australia’s first purpose built bridging-accommodation facility for survivors of domestic violence. They create exceptional living experiences through the pursuit of quality and care in every little detail. Their clients benefit from our visionary philosophy, customer first approach and our all-under-one-roof  knowledge, passion, experience, service and delivery.

Find out more about Mirvac.


If you, or someone you know is experiencing domestic, family or sexual violence, DVConnect can help you find a pathway to safety, away from violence. The DVConnect helplines are:

  • Womensline 1800 811 811, available 24/7
  • Mensline 1800 600 636 available from 9am – midnight, 7 days
  • Sexual Assault Helpline 1800 010 120, available from 7.30am – 11.30pm, 7 days.
  • For more visit www.DVConnect.org.

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Thank you DVConnect for saving my Mums life, and mine. You guys getting us out of there changed everything. Thank you so much. Life is good now! 

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How your donation will help

  • Provides operational support to fund our bridging accommodation residence Bella's Sanctuary.
  • Provides emergency transport and accommodation for Queenslanders in crisis due to domestic and family violence.
  • Provides safety planning, crisis counselling and information to those impacted by domestic and family violence.
  • Educates Queenslanders on how to help family, friends and colleagues who have experienced, or are experiencing domestic and family violence.