Outstanding generosity - Couple donate land for affordable living development

Ian and Neva Handy, from Rivers Church of Christ, gifted 9,000 square metres of land in Kallangur for the townhouse development. Churches of Christ Housing Services General Manager Frances Paterson-Fleider said the generous donation by the Handy family is helping grow the supply of affordable housing for those on low to moderate incomes.

“The financial challenge of developing affordable housing is often about the cost of the land, rather than actual construction costs,” Frances said.

“This project presented an opportunity to leverage private capital and philanthropic resources to achieve both financial and social returns, it is an example of philanthropists and the community sector partnering to address affordable living options in Queensland.”

The Duffield Road development, located on previously underutilised land, will be transformed into 50 quality, affordable, energy efficient and architecturally designed townhouses with a mix of one, two and three bedrooms.

Scheduled for completion in early October this year, the development will deliver affordable living options primarily targeted at key workers (employed across retail, financial and community services), seniors, and people living with a disability and those on low to moderate incomes. Residents will receive a discount on the prevailing market rents.

The townhouses are located 27 kilometres north of the Brisbane CBD, and conveniently close to Northlakes. Residents will also have ready access to rail services following the recent completion of the Moreton Bay rail project.

“With 35 years’ experience in providing housing solutions, we recognise the importance of a diversity of housing options in close proximity to employment, shops, transport and parks to support a thriving community,” Frances said.

“Our aim is to provide quality housing solutions in empowered communities, with the support of the Handy family we are achieving that here in Kallangur.”
A sod turning ceremony was held for the development on 13 February.

Focus on developments

Churches of Christ in Queensland is committed to ensuring innovated campuses incorporating the latest in care accommodation design and community spaces are available to remote, rural and regional communities.

Our Stanthorpe, Warwick, Boonah and Meridan developments will each be unique in the way they connect with their local communities.
Our new campuses will create a variety of activity spaces and services and will include multi-purpose community centres, cafés, seniors care accommodation and a mix of home care and support services.


The extension of our Carramar Aged Care Service in Stanthorpe is well underway. Once completed over 100 residents will call Carramar home. Facing inward onto a beautifully landscaped central courtyard and community area, we are creating an environment which will offer people a relaxed, safe and peaceful space for residents and visitors to enjoy.

A sod turning event was held on 12 September 2016 with current residents and the local community. Construction commenced a week later and we hope to welcome residents to their new home by the end of the year.


Our Warwick Campus will provide interactive recreational spaces and care facilities for the people of Warwick and the Southern Downs Region. The Campus will have a large multi-use Community Centre, ideal for school formals, large events, community events and meetings, a café and alfresco area to catch up with friends or to relax and enjoy when visiting residents. Included on the campus will also be a new seniors care community and our existing Regency Park Retirement Village.

A sod turning event was held under the gumtrees in Mel Gibson Park on Wednesday 15 February. Over 100 excited community members and neighbours joined special guests to celebrate this milestone for the Southern Downs region.

Director - Seniors and Supported Living Bryan Mason emceed the official proceedings with Acting Chief Executive Officer David Swain and Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Tracey Dobie as guest speakers.

Local Mission Action Partner Craig Sadler offered a blessing over the works and for the people who will call this new and state of the art facility home.

With early earthworks now commenced, and with weather permitting, construction should be completed in early 2018.

Meridan, Sunshine Coast

This new integrated campus will include an intergenerational community hub with multipurpose rooms, and social and recreational spaces for all of the community to enjoy. A range of care services including a seniors care community and home and community care services will also be located on the campus.

A sod turning ceremony will be held on 6 March.


Masterplans are being finalised for our Boonah Campus. The development will incorporate our existing Fassifern Retirement Village and aged care service with a community centre and landscaped spaces for all to enjoy. The provision of a campus café and new seniors’ supported living units will ensure Boonah becomes the place to be for a unique and comfortable seniors’ lifestyle.


The first stage of the Churches of Christ Campus Kenmore development was completed in 2016, following staff moving into the new Head Office building in April, and the new multi-level undercover carpark opening in December.

In January construction started on stage two of the development—a new community centre at the front of the site. Due for completion in the second half of 2017, the centre includes a 350-seat auditorium suitable for conferences, concerts and performances, as well as a meeting room and café. The centre will be available for the local community’s use, with surrounding landscaped gardens to be enjoyed by all.

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Posted March 2, 2017 in Networking blog