Freedom Housing http://freedomhousing.com.au Housing for disabled and their families en-us MAFFRA: THE PERFECT TOWN freedomhousing.com.au/maffra_the_perfect_town.php <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width:50%;" valign="top"> <p>A<span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">bout a 20-minute drive out of Sale (Gippsland), you will find a town called Maffra. Maffra sits beside the Macalister River surrounded by dairy farms and fertile vegetable growing land. <a href="http://www.maffracheese.com.au/">Maffra Cheese</a> is world class and delicious! Around five thousand lucky people call Maffra home.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">As you drive in, you will notice how tidy the town is, and the unique&nbsp;main street, which has been designed with style and forethought. There are many trees lining the streets including an elegant old Moreton Bay Fig. Beautiful flower plantings will greet and charm you at both ends of the town centre. It is very obvious that this place is much loved by the locals.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">Maffra boasts a hospital,&nbsp;three supermarkets, five banks, a modern post office, a wonderful old library, a river nature reserve, well-maintained natural wetlands, mountain-fresh clean air, and excellent drinking water flows from the kitchen taps. The water is soft which means the soap lathers up, so you can have a luxurious bath and shower. Natural gas is available to homes and businesses.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">A wide range of bird life may be seen in&nbsp;the town, including colourful parrots, pink galahs, and flocks of loud and argumentative cockatoos. The blooming jacarandas&nbsp;and the oak and plane tree canopied streets provide a picturesque setting. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">Everything is located within an easy walking distance: I have been here four months now, and I hardly ever use my car. The people&nbsp;are very friendly and their attitude is relaxed. The NBN will be switched on here in early 2017. Who could ask for more?&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">If you happen to have a disability, it gets even better. The town is mostly flat, which makes wheelchair and buggy travel very easy. The roads and footpaths are much wider than usual and are well constructed and very easy to negotiate safely. The </span></span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">cafes serve </span></span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">top class Melbourne standard coffee and the service is excellent.</span></span></p> </td> <td style="padding-left:20px;width:50%;" valign="top"> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">The range of services is extensive: optometrists;&nbsp;doctors; chiropractors; hairdressers; and the list goes on. You have all this at your fingertips. You may even access a free gymnasium by way of several modern exercise&nbsp;machines located at the river reserve.&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">Then there is the George Gray Centre. This NGO is a powerhouse of goodness. It provides disability services and employment. It also runs a cafe!&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">Employment is available locally, at Sale, Traralgon and Bairnsdale. This means that Maffra families are able to enjoy living in a wonderful small town, whilst accessing the wider employment and recreational opportunities of major regional towns. Maffra has&nbsp;a state primary school, and a Catholic primary school, as well as the Maffra Secondary College.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">Sale has a modern 400 seat theatre which stages top quality theatrical productions. Stratford on the river Avon (15 minutes away) stages an annual Shakespeare festival of theatre. Maffra also has a <a href="http://www.gippslandvehiclecollection.org.au/">vehicle museum</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">If you have a disability - or one of your loved ones has a disability - and you are looking to move your family to a family-friendly and disability-friendly place, you just have to consider Maffra. Come and experience this little paradise for yourself! <a href="http://www.mafframotorinn.com.au/">Maffra Motor Inn</a> is awaiting your call!</span></span></p> <div><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">PS</span></span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">The surrounding region has more natural attractions than you can poke a stick at: lakes, beaches, mountains, snowfields, vineyards, wild rivers, and more.</span></span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">The train&nbsp;from Sale or Traralgon provides a scenic and relaxing journey into Southern Cross station Melbourne. Buses run from Maffra to Sale and Traralgon regularly.</span></span></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://freedomhousing.com.au/images/IMG_5759%202.jpg"><span style="color:#000000;"><img alt="" src="http://freedomhousing.com.au/images/IMG_5759%202.jpg" style="border-width: 5px; border-style: solid; width: 700px; height: 375px;" /></span></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">Maffra&nbsp;- 17 January 2017</span></span></strong></p> FREEDOM HOUSING: IDEAL FOR DISABILITY, ALZHEIMERS, AND AGED CARE freedomhousing.com.au/why_freedom_housing_is_the_ideal_model_of_housing_and_care.php <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width:50%;" valign="top"> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">In Australia - and in most of the Western world - we have commodified the care of those with a disability, and those in frail old age. We have mostly removed the theatre of this care from our homes. This has happened without our deliberated collective consent: often driven by the family&#39;s economic necessity, and the lack of more humane alternatives.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">The derivative of this removal is the establishment of lucrative care industries (where abuse is in places rampant and adequate care often a rare outcome). We have industrialised the personal care of our people. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">In the process of this industrialisation and profit-making, we have stripped our loved ones of their freedom, their dignity, and their connection to family and community: we have stripped them of their human rights. We have also alienated their valuable knowledge, muted their priceless moral influence, and taken away their loving presence.&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">We have nursing homes&nbsp;for the ailing elderly; special group homes for those with disabilities, and hospices for those with a terminal condition. All of these are custodial models: prisons by another name.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">The essential structure of this arrangement may be characterised as,&nbsp;<strong><em>&#39;the delivery&nbsp;of persons who require care, to a place where care is available&#39;</em></strong>. This is exactly the opposite of what most people want: <strong><em>&#39;the delivery of care to where people who require&nbsp;care prefer to live&#39;</em></strong>: in their own homes, in their community.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">Imagine a scenario where the latter was what we did, and when we did it we saved a huge amount of money; we reduced misery; radically increased the happiness of all concerned, and boosted national wealth creation.</span></span></p> </td> <td style="padding-left:20px;width:50%;" valign="top"> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">This scenario is possible with conventional housing: <em>Freedom Housing</em> in the form of the various <em>Freedom Key</em> dwellings: houses; villa-units; apartments. And these ubiquitously located in our communities and across the continent.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">This is our vision and our mission.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;"><a href="http://freedomhousing.com.au/images/IMG_1185%202.jpg"><span style="color:#000000;"><img alt="" src="http://freedomhousing.com.au/images/IMG_1185%202.jpg" style="border-width: 5px; border-style: solid; width: 310px; height: 434px;" /></span></a></span></span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Shakespeare in the park at </strong></span></span></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Williamstown VIC</strong></span></span></span></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> FINALIST: 2014 VICTORIAN DISABILITY SECTOR AWARDS freedomhousing.com.au/finalist_2014_victorian_disability_sector_awards.php <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width:50%;" valign="top"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">We are very pleased to announce that our CEO Christos Iliopoulos is a finalist in the <em>Excellence in Personal and Community Support Award</em> category of the 2014 Victorian Disability Sector Awards.<br /> <br /> The awards are a joint initiative of National Disability Services [NDS] and the Victorian Department of Human Services [DHS].<br /> <br /> The Awards Cerememony will be held on 4 June 2014.</span></span><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://freedomhousing.com.au/images/Document-2014-04-16-12-53-50.jpg" target="_blank"><span style="color:#000;"><img alt="" src="http://freedomhousing.com.au/images/Document-2014-04-16-12-53-50.jpg" style="height: 440px; width: 300px; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid;" /></span></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> HUMBLED BY AUSTRALIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION BUSINESS AWARD freedomhousing.com.au/humbled_by_award_.php <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width:50%;" valign="top"><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px;">Mick Gooda, the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Social Justice Commissioner, is here presenting the Australian Human Rights Commission Business Award, to the CEO of Freedom Housing Pty Ltd, Christos Iliopoulos, at a ceremony held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney on Tuesday 10 December 2013.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px;">Receiving the Australian Human Rights Commission Business Award capped off a year of steady progress for Freedom Housing Pty Ltd. We were very humbled to receive the Award.</span><br style="font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px;" /> <br style="font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px;" /> <span style="font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px;">Over the course of the year we presented the concept to many in the disability sector, as well as to those in government, and in business.&nbsp;</span><br style="font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px;" /> <br style="font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px;" /> <span style="font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px;">This Award recognises that Freedom Housing aims to comply with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It also complies with the NDIS Act 2013 (Australian Federal Parliament).</span></td> <td style="padding-left:20px;width:50%;" valign="top"> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.humanrights.gov.au/news/videos/human-rights-awards-2013-highlights" target="_blank"><span style="color:#000;"><img alt="" src="http://freedomhousing.com.au/images/Mick Gooda presenting the Business Award to Christos.jpg" style="height: 138px; width: 300px; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid;" /></span></a></p> <span style="font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px;">Christos met with Mick Gooda and Susan Ryan after the award presentation. Mick expressed interest in Freedom Housing for remote indigenous communities. He will be meeting with Christos soon to discuss this.&nbsp;</span><br style="font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px;" /> <br style="font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px;" /> <span style="font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px;">Susan Ryan has invited Christos to Sydney to meet with her and other members of the Commission for further talks about the applications of Freedom Housing.</span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> FINALIST FOR AUSTRALIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION BUSINESS AWARD freedomhousing.com.au/australian_human_rights_commission_business_award.php <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width:50%;" valign="top"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">We are very pleased to receive the news that Freedom Housing has been selected as a finalist for the Australian Human Rights Commission Business Award.</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td style="padding-left:20px;width:50%;" valign="top"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">It is humbling to receive this important acknowledgement. We hope that this development will advance the Freedom Housing project.<a href="https://www.humanrights.gov.au/news/stories/commission-announces-finalists-tv-and-business-awards"><br /> <br /> Read more...</a></span></span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br />