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Melba's specialist disability accommodation in anderson street, lilydale, is open

Updated: Nov 17, 2022

Melba is pleased to announce our Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) in Anderson Street, Lilydale, is officially open!


The project was developed by Melba life governor Nan Stevenson and former CEO Glenn Foard in 2014. After we secured a grant of $2.9 million from the Victorian Property Fund, Melba purchased a plot of land from St Andrews Uniting Church. Our dream became a reality after eight years of dedication and hard work.


Anderson Street was launched on 29th of September this year. The opening was attended by Melba Life Governors Pauline and Harry Jones, staff, family, friends and the wonderful residents in Anderson Street.


We were also joined by:


  • David Watt and John Stroud, Mt Evelyn Community Bank and major donors to this project.

  • Councillor Jim Childs, Mayor Yarra Ranges Council.

  • Lisa Glassborow, Hatrick Communications, who helped us fundraise for the project.

  • Members of the Uniting Church congregation: Frank, Margaret, and Brenda.

  • Dr John Annison, former President of Melba and President when we started this excellent project.


“We support people to dream big, be happy and do what they choose and value. Anderson street is another chapter as our organisation continues to adapt to a rapidly changing landscape,” said Melba CEO Hayley Dean at the launch.


“We can’t wait to see the current and future residents finally live in their home!" Hayley told those at the launch event.


From left to right: Steve Bevington CEO of CHL, Anderson Street resident Ben and Hayley

The property has 15 purpose-built townhouses, which will provide homes for up to 27 people. There are a mix of social housing and SDA (Specialist Disability Accommodation).


Hayley added: "At this 50th milestone, we’re also looking ahead. Anderson Street embraces smart technology and innovative design so that independence is easier, physical barriers are removed and people have a home that suits their lifestyle and goals. Imagine what will be possible for people in 10, 20 years?


"We support people to dream big, be happy and do what they choose and value. Anderson street is another chapter as our organisation continues to adapt to a rapidly changing landscape."


We want to thank Melba staff and the Community Housing Limited (CHL) who helped make this fantastic initiative happen.


Melba and our partners were also featured on the Mount Evelyn Star Mail. Click here to read more!



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