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Mirvac & Halcyon build & donate safe haven to DVConnect

 

The corporate and not-for-profit sectors have teamed up to created a purpose-built bridging accommodation facility to house domestic violence survivors. Queensland developer Halcyon and listed property group Mirvac, along with 90 of their suppliers have designed, built, funded and then donated a $1.5 million bridging accommodation facility especially for survivors of domestic violence. The facility has 5 units, which includes a dedicated disability unit, has 2 one-bedroom units, 2 two-bedroom units and 1 three-bedroom unit. The facility has been donated to DVConnect to operate.

 

Mirvac and lifestyle community developer, Halcyon, in partnership with DVConnect, have bought the private, not-for-profit and government sectors together to design, build and donate a $1.5 million dollar, 5 unit purpose-built bridging accommodation facility for survivors of domestic violence.

This project, which will open in July 2019, is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the private sector, not-for-profit and government in Queensland.

Mirvac and Halcyon worked in consultation with DVConnect, over 90 subcontractors and suppliers and the Queensland Government to build the home. The home will provide a safe and comfortable environment for women with children exiting domestic violence situations. DVConnect places more than 4,300 children and over 3,400 women into emergency motel accommodation in Queensland each year, demonstrating a need for this type of accommodation.

Indistinguishable from other homes in the master-planned community, the $1.5 million accommodation facility comprises 2 one-bedroom units, one especially for the disabled, 2 two-bedroom units and 1 three-bedroom unit. Each unit has its own kitchenette, living area and courtyard. The facility also has a communal kitchen and living room, a play area, a dedicated office space for DVConnect support services, as well as an alarm, state-of-the-art security system and keypad entry on all doors and gates.

This bridging accommodation facility is designed to provide a safe space for women and children to create new life plans and where relevant, re-enter the workplace with confidence. Survivors are currently able to obtain government-funded crisis support accommodation at a hotel or motel for 2-3 days. After that time, they are often forced to find their own accommodation, or return home if high secure refuge accommodation is not suitable or available to them. This DVConnect facility is designed to provide an effective alternative, eliminating the added pressures of time constraints, ensuring victims of domestic abuse are able to take a considered approach to rebuilding their lives, and not forced to re-enter a potentially dangerous domestic situation. 

In response to a community need, Mirvac donated the block of land to DVConnect for the home. Halcyon managed the build and design free-of-charge. More than 90 subcontractors and suppliers donated their time, labour and materials to cover more than half of the costs of the facility. Halcyon’s residents also supported the project, fundraising and donating $50,000 towards the facility.

The bridging accommodation project is a tangible example of the private sector and not-for-profit sector can work together to solve very real challenges in communities. Mirvac and Halcyon hope the facility leads the way and encourages businesses to get behind more critical, not-for-profit infrastructure that benefits the most at-risk people living in our communities. Helping to facilitate a conversation with a broad range of stakeholders through Mirvac, Halcyon, home owners, all supplier firms and contractors.

Mirvac and Halcyon have donated the facility to DVConnect, who will now manage it.

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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.