The opening of a new unit complex at Inala means life will become a little easier for some young people with high care needs.

They’re moving out of aged care facilities and into a more independent way of living.

Amy Hutchinson reports.

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Eight young people will now have a place to live freely, and with dignity.

The purpose built six unit building is set to house eight people so they can live independently – but they’ll have a carer on site twenty-four-seven.

Colleen Woodcock, Mother of Ellen Buckley: “It gives them dignity, it gives them respect in the community and it gives them freedom to express themselves and be who they are.”

The $1.8-million Ellen Buckley Place is named after a local woman who inspired other members of the disabled community to live at home, like she did.

Colleen Woodcock, Mother of Ellen Buckley: “Immensely proud of what my daughter achieved when she was here, and what she’s still achieving.”

The units were created by Brisbane Housing Company, a not-for-profit organisation providing affordable housing in the Brisbane area.

Samantha Evans, Operations Controller for Brisbane Housing Company: “It’ll assist young people who are currently living in residential aged care and it’s an exciting opportunity for us to be able to provid appropriate, affordable accommodation for people who are currently probably not being housed adequately in aged care facilities.”

Today’s unveiling marks the 100th young person diverted from aged care to such facilities as Ellen Buckley Place.

Annastacia Palaszczuk, Disibility Services and Multicultural Affairs Minister: “This is about moving young people out of aged care facilities and diverting them from entering into aged care facilities.”

The Queensland Government has another three such projects in the works which will allow 10more young people to divert from aged care into independent living.

Amy Hutchinson, QUT News