Legacy of Highgate Park

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Consultation Process


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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 help to shape the legacy of Highgate Park and the future of the supports funded by the trust that owns it.

What’s being decided?

We are deciding the future of the former Julia Farr Centre at Fullarton, known as Highgate Park, and the supports funded by the trust that owns it. The site was established by Julia Farr in 1879 and since then, it

Consultation Process


Now Closed

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 help to shape the legacy of Highgate Park and the future of the supports funded by the trust that owns it.

What’s being decided?

We are deciding the future of the former Julia Farr Centre at Fullarton, known as Highgate Park, and the supports funded by the trust that owns it. The site was established by Julia Farr in 1879 and since then, it has been a residential facility for people with high level physical and neurological disabilities and complex health needs.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has reformed disability services in Australia. In April 2020, the last resident moved out of Highgate Park and the facility no longer operates.

We want to know your thoughts about how the trust can continue to support beneficiaries, specifically those who are unable to live independently without support.

We want to hear from people with disabilities and their families and carers, as well as local residents, interested members of the public and local businesses and communities, to help us decide on options for the trust into the future.

Get involved

To have your say:

How can your input influence the decision?

Your input will help develop options for the future of the trust fund to continue to support beneficiaries, specifically people who are unable to live independently without support.

What are the next steps?

Your feedback will guide the development of the options for the future of the trust fund. The emerging priorities and options will be shared on this site and we will seek public feedback in our consultation document.

Contact details

For general inquiries, please email us at HFIthinkhuman@gmail.com or call us on 0466 544 098 during business hours (9am to 5pm, weekdays).

Closing date: 5pm, Friday 31 July 2020



Background


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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.


The Fullarton Campus or Highgate Park site was established by Julia Farr in 1879 and it is still owned by the trust that ran the Julia Farr Centre on site (HFI Trust). Since 1879, the site has been a residential facility for people with high level physical and neurological disabilities and complex health needs.

Portrait of Julia Farr

The facility housed both adults and children, with diseases and injuries that were considered 'incurable'. In 1981 the Home was renamed the Julia Farr Centre. Staff also lived onsite, and the former nurse’s quarters are currently used as student housing.

By 1928, 142 patients lived in the Home. This number increased to 400 in the 1960s. Further extensions in the 1970s led to the demolishing of the old 'gothic' east wing in 1973. A new East Block opened in 1977 and by the end of 1978 there were over 800 residents.

In 2006 the Julia Farr Centre became part of the former Department of Families and Communities and was renamed Highgate Park. It continued to provide residential care for people with disabilities from the age of 15 years and up. It also included an aged-care facility.

The NDIS now provides accommodation for people in community settings.

In April 2020 the last residents moved out of the Highgate Park building. This now means a decision needs to be made about the future of the Fullarton Campus (Highgate Park) and the trust that owns it.

The Minister for Human Services, Michelle Lensink MLC is the sole trustee of the trust. The future of the site, and the trust as a financial entity, is the trustee’s personal decision, to be made in the best interests of trust beneficiaries. The Minister and the Department of Human Services wish to ensure that South Australians and especially beneficiaries, specifically people who are unable to live independently without support, are consulted and involved in formulating options for the future of the trust.

Independent agency Think Human has been engaged to undertake the consultation. This engagement is not about master planning. The Highgate Park site is the primary asset of the trust, and if it is decided that having no presence on the site is in the best interests of trust beneficiaries, land disposal will be part of a separate process.


Consultation has concluded
  • Recommendations finalised

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    The consultation to decide the future of the former Julia Farr Centre at Fullarton, known as Highgate Park, has now been finalised.

    A full report was published on 17 April 2021. We have created a consultation report for you to view.

    Following the extensive independent consultation, Highgate Park will be sold and any proceeds used to promote greater community inclusion and benefit people living with disability.

    More than 360 people were consulted, including people with lived experience of disability from metropolitan Adelaide and regional South Australia, Aboriginal people living with disability, and subject matter experts working in the disability sector.

    The future of the trust itself will also be considered to give people with lived experience of disability a greater say in how any funds are spent.

    JFA Purple Orange – the non-profit disability advocacy organisation which was formed out of Julia Farr Services – will facilitate a working group which will be consulted through the sale process including exploring the future of the trust.

    Thank you to those who provided feedback to help us decide the future for the site, which is owned by the Home for Incurables Trust.

  • Get involved

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    Now Closed

    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 to hear from people with disabilities and their families and carers, as well as local residents, interested members of the public and local businesses and communities, to help us decide on options for the trust fund into the future.

    To have your say: