$10M village with 40 Aboriginal elders’ homes to be built in Bedford Park, south of Adelaide

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A $10 million village will be built close to the culturally significant site Warriparinga near the Sturt River in Bedford Park, south of Adelaide.

The proposed Aboriginal Elders Village development is a partnership between South Australia’s Government, national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Not For Profit housing provider Aboriginal Community Housing Limited (ACHL), the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC) and the Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation.

South Australia Human Services Minister Michelle Lensink said the village would create long-term housing for Elders in a village designed to be culturally inclusive.

“The new Elders Village has been designed in partnership with Aboriginal people and will provide 40 individual homes for our Elders at risk of homelessness, in housing built and managed by Aboriginal people,” said Minister Lensink.

“This initiative will provide more choices for Elders who would otherwise be accommodated in public housing and enables us to help other South Australians at risk of homelessness as people transition from public housing properties to the village.”

The ILSC will grant the land, about 13km south of Adelaide CBD, to the Kaurna Pangkarra Property Trust, a subsidiary of native title holders Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation (KYAC). ACHL will oversee construction and provide tenancy management services once the village, consisting of 40 independent homes, is built, which is scheduled to begin early next year.

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