Today marked the opening of our new community housing facility, St Augustine’s Court at Woodville Gardens.

Opened by Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion, the Hon Zoe Bettison MP, and blessed by Bishop Chris McLeod, St Augustine’s Court comprises 23 two bedroom single and two storey units for people aged 55 and over who are on low incomes.

Minister Bettison said “The best community housing solutions should draw on the best innovations from governments, community housing providers and the private sector. St Augustine’s is a great example of the type of outcome we can expect when we all work together. I congratulate AnglicareSA and all of their partners on delivering such an innovative facility that at its core is all about community.”

 CEO Peter Sandeman concurs “As one of South Australia’s leading providers of community housing we are always looking for innovative approaches to housing that also foster a sense of community and belonging. We’re confident we have it right with St Augustine’s Court and thank all of our partners. We wish our new residents years of happiness in their new homes.”

The facility has been constructed on a site that was previously home to St Augustine’s church. We’re delighted to have retained the name and that Ven. Conrad Paterson, parish priest at Woodville, could join us for the opening.

All units are air-conditioned and have been fitted with energy efficient lighting and have ceiling fans in the living areas and bedrooms. The floor plan has incorporated covered alfresco areas or private balconies with the ground floor units having small private rear yards as extension to the alfresco area.

Covered car parking spaces alongside the ground floor units are provided with landscaping incorporated into the driveway alongside the main entrance to the units. All of the units face a central driveway to foster a sense of community and a Community Hall to enable fellowship amongst tenants. We hope it’s a lively place full of activity and gatherings organised by the residents.

The rooftop garden that features an exterior kitchen unit and raised garden beds with seating provided between the garden beds, which already supporting varies herbs and miniature fruit trees. It’s another space in this well designed facility that encourages friendship, community, support and a congregate living environment.

Our thanks goes to Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, Department of Social Services Projected National Rental Affordable Scheme, the Anglican Diocese and Rossdale Homes.