What are your ideas for the future of the former Julia Farr Centre at Highgate Park and the trust that owns it?

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This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 2 July to 31 July 2020. Find out more about the consultation process. Below is a record of the process.

 

We want your ideas for the future of the former Julia Farr Centre at Highgate Park and the trust that owns it.

To help guide the conversation, consider the below questions.

Julia Farr established the HFI Trust to address the marginalisation and exclusion of people with disabilities in the 19th century. How do you think this vision should be continued in the 21st century?

There have been services to support people with disabilities at the Fullarton site (Highgate Park) continuously since the 19th century. How do you think this legacy should be remembered and memorialised now the facility is closed?

Let us know by submitting your idea below or give a thumbs up or down for any existing idea.

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S.G Klippel-Cooper

03 Jul 2020

A new Julia Farr should be constructed to provide housing and social inclusion services for all South Australians with a disability. Apartments and townhouses specifically designed to cater for different types of disabilities including mental health with onsite support to assist the individuals to live a healthy and independent life. The whole site should remain for the benefit of disabled individuals and not sold off for private housing or retirement village. A section for older disabled individuals would also assist in integrating the development as an inclusive community.

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Brett Manuel

03 Jul 2020

The site should remain as an asset for people with a disability - with repurposed or new construction of homes/apartments. A community centre should be part of the complex - not just for residents. It could be a model for other community facilities on how programs and architecture can provide a safe, accessible, inclusive design for people of all abilities to interact. Also unclude an accessible children's playground for the children of residents and the wider community. It would be great to hear from people who have received treatment or lived at the centre, or relatives of those who have passed on how they would like the Julia Farr Centre (and previous Home for Incurables) to be honoured.

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HFI Trust Consultation > Brett Manuel

06 Jul 2020

Thanks for your input to this consultation. We are speaking to people who have lived at or used the centre as part of this engagement process & will explore with them how they want the history to be honoured as well as how they would like the future of the trust to be shaped.

Edward Bugess

04 Jul 2020

The current building should be either refurbished or replaced. The area should be used for South Australians with physical or severe mental disabilities. Facilities should be provided to look after these people with good staffing levels and constant care. It could also be used as a training centre for people to learn how to care for this type of patient. It should not be an area for aged care and definitely not be turned into private hosing estate.

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Edward Bugess > Edward Bugess

04 Jul 2020

Housing not hosing

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HFI Trust Consultation > Edward Bugess

14 Jul 2020

Thanks for sharing your ideas for the site Edward. An interesting thought to consider the opportunity for a training and learning environment.

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HFI Trust Consultation

06 Jul 2020

Thanks for all your comments so far. It is great to hear the passion people have to see ongoing support provided for people living with disability to live within an inclusive community. The trust's sole focus into the future will continue to be positive and inclusive outcomes for people living with disability. Thanks for your suggestions about what this could look like.

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Jacy Arthur

03 Jul 2020

Ideally, they should knock the old dreadful building down and rebuild beautiful, accessible units, like Minda but for physical disabilities only...open accessible community areas with gardens. That way they have there own spaces as well as neighbours they can actually interact with. close to easy access public transports, Cafes, shopping... all easy access so PWD can do things for themselves on their own. Have 'assistants' on Standby 24/7 :-)

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HFI Trust Consultation > Jacy Arthur

14 Jul 2020

Thanks for sharing this inspiring vision for the site Jacy! Building a sense of independence and improved life opportunities for people living with disability will be an ongoing focus for the trust.

S.G Klippel-Cooper

11 Jul 2020

I would also suggest a high dependency residential facility for younger disabled individuals to be constructed within the site. There is a desperate need for this type of support instead of making the younger people live in aged nursing homes. A respite centre and child care centre designed for disabled children is also needed. Somewhere special for younger disabled individuals and older disabled individuals to socialize, such as a social club. This is a once in a life time opportunity to create an inclusive community for all disabled individuals from birth to their twilight years. We should use this opportunity to show the rest of Australia, how to truly support and care for every member of our community by creating a welcoming and specially designed environment for all disabled South Australians, no matter their disability or age.

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HFI Trust Consultation > S.G Klippel-Cooper

14 Jul 2020

Thanks for sharing your thoughtful and exciting ideas. Julia Farr's original vision was radically inclusive for its time and these ideas build on that vision in a 21st century context.

Neil Titterington

07 Jul 2020

I feel manifestly unqualified to comment on what should be done here. As a white, middle-aged, able-bodied person I am really happy to leave the arena to those who have lived experience and / or expertise in the area of disability and social care. My only hope is that the future of this site is one that benefits the community and particularly those amongst us who do not have the degree of privilege that I and others like me enjoy.

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HFI Trust Consultation > Neil Titterington

14 Jul 2020

Thanks for your comments Neil. The trust that owns the site will continue to support South Australians living with disability into the future; this consultation will shape what form that takes.

Bronwyn Watt

12 Jul 2020

I think the site (building) should be renovated into purposely designed apartments for people with disabilities.

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HFI Trust Consultation > Bronwyn Watt

14 Jul 2020

thanks for sharing your ideas Bronwyn.

Sandra Brown

14 Jul 2020

I support the concept by many who wish the facility renovated to accommodate those that the facility was originally designed to assist. There are suggestions that it could also facilitate to train those that are to assist persons with disabilities. It clearly has been demonstrated there are gaping holes in the expertise of those that are hands on in this field. Money it seems has been a ruling factor by some businesses outsourced to handle caring for and those with disabilities. If the building is structurally sound, renovate and adapt to more suitable accommodation and not sell off as Minda has done. View the varied needs of disability. Some are cared for in their own homes, some may need more intense caring and as the needs becomes more intense their requirements for care changes; some poor soles have had an accident and had their lives dramatically changed. An adaptable facility for high low and medium care that also trains and enables voluntary support including healing gardens and open cafe system brings in all sectors of our community and seen as inclusive. Our vulnerable need to be prime in this decision making by educated well informed planned outcomes with impartiality. Persons looking for a gold star in getting rid of facilities serves no long term purpose, of a facility funded by tax payers and will always be in need. The wealth of our nation is determined by the health and care of its people, in my view.
We are currently doing well in SA thanks to current decisions that turned around the destabilization of our health system with transforming your health proposals of the past. Refunding essential health services, I believe is why our state stats in the current health crisis, are something to be thankful for. Building and construction by governments is a positive outcome when employment in crisis.
I trust those with disabilities and mental health are measured with similar research assessment and passion by decision makers that ditched transforming your health in SA in 2017.

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HFI Trust Consultation > Sandra Brown

14 Jul 2020

Thanks for taking the time to share such detailed ideas Sandra. Whatever happens the trust will continue to support, as you describe, the varied needs of disability. This is the prime focus of this consultation, with detailed decision-making about the site itself being the focus of a future consultation.

Geraldine Headley

17 Jul 2020

As a neighbour to the property and an ex-nurse I completely agree with the suggestions that this site be renovated and continued to be used for those with a disability. Loads of brilliant suggestions already, this could be a world leading educational and residential community facility. This is an amazing opportunity to create an inclusive space, there's all the physiotherapy spaces already in there, a pool etc. it could provide both respite and permanent accommodation for the vulnerable... imagine the upper few floors with real housing and support for those with disabilities who can no longer remain with their ageing parents but need permanence in their lives. Those that need more support as you go down the levels, cafe's and childcare as it gets lower, community shop selling to both the residents as well as the community, there's a cafe there now... a big hall... Did you know there's a Dutch village especially for people with dementia... imagine if we did the same for those with disabilities, it can't house everyone in SA, but it could also provide amazing respite care for those who need it. What an opportunity, don't sell, let's take this opportunity and make it amazing, let's be the world leaders that are so needed right now.

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HFI Trust Consultation > Geraldine Headley

17 Jul 2020

Thanks for taking the time to share your detailed and inspiring ideas Geraldine. It is wonderful to see the passion that people in South Australia have to see people living with disabilities living full and fulfilling lives.

Anna Simpson

29 Jul 2020

8 star energy rating accessible smart apartments co-op where a percentage of apartments can be rented at a discount rate by people who don’t have a disability (with profits going back to the trust fund) in exchange for supporting neighbours with a disability with concierge type tasks (e.g- help to heat a meal, get a drink, reach something, fix something minor, water the garden etc), aiming to build relationships with neighbours and to recognise the value of living in an inclusive community where people aren’t segregated because of their disability and where people are missed and looked for when they are not around for a little while. Invite applicants to live in the co-op from innovators, scientists, artists, landscapers, and other professionals who can contribute vast incredible skills to building a learning and burgeoning community. Hold think tanks around a bonfire about issues that are important to people with a disability and bring new exciting ideas to life together.

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HFI Trust Consultation > Anna Simpson

30 Jul 2020

What an exciting vision Anna! Thanks for sharing...

Maureen Mulheron

14 Jul 2020

As someone who has worked in community care for many years and sees first hand the struggles in the community, I say a respite centre, give the people out there doing a fantastic job looking after loved ones a break.. build a place that they can comfortably send their loved ones for a short stay to allow them to regroup and carry on with the life time care they provide.

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HFI Trust Consultation > Maureen Mulheron

14 Jul 2020

Thanks for your ideas Maureen. It is so important to provide meaningful support to carers to continue to offer their invaluable love and support to people living with disability.

Cathy Reeves

22 Jul 2020

As a former employee at Highgate Park, starting back when it was Julia Farr, and now working in the community, I believe the site should always be a safe haven for people with disabilities, as Julia Farr herself, wanted. A single story buliding should replace the building that is there now, providing housing, rehab, physio etc and recreation opportunites for the disabled. A recreation hub would be especially beneficial, providing opportunities for art, woodwork, music, etc, as they can be especially hard to access in the community, and are so vital.

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HFI Trust Consultation > Cathy Reeves

22 Jul 2020

Thanks for your ideas Cathy. It's great to hear from someone who has worked there and knows the site well.

Hiedi Payne

24 Jul 2020

Reopen a supported accommodation facility to allow those with a disability to have social inclusion.
Instead of putting younger people in nursing homes for full-time care allow part of this facility to house those who need full time care.

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HFI Trust Consultation > Hiedi Payne

27 Jul 2020

Thanks Hiedi - social inclusion is at the heart of what the Trust was originally set up to do back in 1879. We want to see it re-energized to keep working towards that vision, but in a 21st century context.

Alison Winterfield

28 Jul 2020

I would love to see the Highgate Park rebuilt or renovated to provide housing and accommodation to people living with disability. It would be great to have a mix of options - including 2-3 bedroom townhouses for those who just need a little support to live independently, high dependency care facilities and also respite accommodation. Some community facilities and spaces would be great to include too - and I love the idea that someone else suggested of having an inclusive playground for kids.

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HFI Trust Consultation > Alison Winterfield

29 Jul 2020

Thanks Alison for your thoughtful suggestions. It's great to hear the community support for genuinely inclusive solutions for people living with disabilities.

Donna Ballantyne

31 Jul 2020

I would love to see a huge multi use building, that could service the broad disability community.

A multi level carpark that is actually tall enough for access vehicles to park in.

A sports facility customised for accessibility that could be used for rehab, personal use and possibly professional athlete training.

Medical clinics that are accessible with imaging options.

A shopping level/ arts center/ rec center.

Short stay/ respite floor.

An apartment level or 2, that have self contained units that families or individuals could live in and have access to some support/Medical staff who are based on the level, but not in the people's homes.

A floor of Cluster units designed to support a few people who need 24/7 support.

Incorporating ideas to also attract the "general" population to use the are also, child care center perhaps, using a mainstream imaging service such as Benson's in the custom imaging center could also be used by the local community.
Ideas that encourage everyone to be included, but are specialised so that the people with disabilities have priority access.

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HFI Trust Consultation > Donna Ballantyne

31 Jul 2020

Thanks for sharing your exciting vision for the site Donna. Inclusion will be at the heart of the trust into the future, and people with disabilities are at the core of the trust's ongoing purpose.

Madeleine Day

13 Jul 2020

A new Julia Farr should be constructed to provide housing and social inclusion services for all South Australians with a disability, until that happens it should be utilised for the homeless especially during winter months and with COVID 19 still an ongoing problem everywhere and the homeless the least able to ensure they stay safe and healthy.

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HFI Trust Consultation > Madeleine Day

14 Jul 2020

Thanks for sharing your thoughts Madeleine. Social inclusion for people living with disabilities will certainly be at the centre of the trust's focus in the future.