January 2017

South Australia is set to receive a much-needed employment and investment boost, with more than 850 jobs set to be created and nearly $100m expected to flow into the economy following the announcement of Sarah Constructions and BankSA as key partners for the next stage of Minda’s $260m+ Master Plan at Brighton.

Minda CEO, Ms Cathy Miller, welcomed the announcement of Sarah Constructions as the chosen builder and BankSA as the funding partner for Stage 2 of the multi-million-dollar Master Plan.

“It is exciting to see three of South Australia’s most successful organisations join forces to ensure the staged construction of 18 x single storey houses, 2 x three-storey residential apartment buildings as replacement and updated accommodation for people supported by Minda, as well as a lifestyle precinct, which will comprise 4 buildings,” Ms Miller said.

“The 18-month schedule of work, which is expected to get underway in early 2017, will also see luxury, multi-storey beachfront apartments for the over-55s market. Those apartments will provide Minda with an ongoing revenue source through a licence to occupy arrangement which can help fund other new purpose-built accommodation, programs and services for the people we support,” she said.

“This will create an intentional community that offers a vibrant integrated urban village in the heart of Brighton North.”

“In addition to the 850 jobs created throughout the project, we estimate that more than $95m will flow into the local and broader South Australian economy, and we are pleased at the opportunity to play a role in strengthening South Australia’s economic prosperity as part of our broader endeavour to improve the lives of people with disability.”’

Mr Adrian Esplin, General Manager of Sarah Constructions, said the successful building and construction company was proud to get behind what is the largest development of its type in Australia.

“While Sarah Constructions enjoys a national reputation as an industry leader, our heart and home remains firmly in South Australia, and we are particularly pleased to be part of this exciting project and work with a range of trusted trades and contractors to turn plans for the next stage of the Master Plan into a reality,” Mr Esplin said.

“Today’s announcement is sure to be welcome news for the wide range of trades employed within the construction industry, as this project will generate a significant number of jobs. The new jobs will also include opportunities for apprentices who will reap the benefits that come from working on this project with some of the best trades in South Australia,” he said.

Mr Nick Reade, Chief Executive of BankSA, said the bank was pleased to support the project in its capacity as banking partner.

“This project will provide an injection of confidence into the broader South Australian market and will be a welcome opportunity for a range of local businesses to benefit – from trades directly engaged on site, to nearby local shops, and the suppliers that will be used throughout construction,” Mr Reade said.

“South Australia needs strong business leadership. We need to see organisations like Minda confidently investing in the community because it encourages further activity, confidence and reinforces South Australia a place to do business.”

“BankSA banks more businesses than any other bank in South Australia – and we are particularly pleased to support South Australian businesses that in turn support other South Australians.”

“We have a proud history with Minda and look forward to being part of the next phase of its service to the South Australian community.”

In support of today’s construction and banking partner announcement, a video overview of the Master Plan has also been released, and can be viewed at http://bit.ly/2jggVk0


Minda’s Master Plan aims to progressively replace outdated living arrangements for more than 170 people supported by Minda, with new accommodation that combines the comfort of home with a contemporary model of service delivery and state-of-the-art technologies.

The $55m Stage 1 component of Minda’s Master Plan was completed in late 2014, with the remaining stages scheduled for completion by 2022. A total of 61 people who expressed an interest in living in supported, share-house arrangement were the first in late 2014 to move into a mix of single-storey three bedroom, four bedroom and exceptional needs dwellings, and an apartment building with 17 x one and two bedroom apartments.

In addition to reflecting best practice in Universal Design Principles and Ageing in Place, the range of housing options includes energy-efficient LED lighting features throughout, while solar hot water and extensive insulation in walls and ceilings achieve the performance benchmark of a minimum 6-star rating.

Stage 1 also saw 2 x three-storey apartments constructed on the corner of Repton Road and The Esplanade, with each containing 24 apartments comprising of a mixture of two bedrooms and two bedroom + study and three bedrooms and three bedrooms + study for the over 55’s market.

Stage 2, which has an estimated value of $95m, will see the staged construction of 18 x single storey houses, 2 x three storey residential apartment buildings as replacement and updated accommodation for individuals supported by Minda, as well as a lifestyle precinct consisting of 4 buildings. Stage 2 also involves the construction of a 7-storey and a 5-storey building, containing 70 apartments for the over 55s market as part of the Brighton Dunes component.

Clever design and careful planning will see more than 80% of Minda’s 28-hectare site remaining as open space.

About Minda

Established in 1898, Minda is the largest non-government disability support organisation in South Australia, supporting people with disability to live enriched lives of their choosing. To ensure this vision is achieved, Minda has expanded into aged care, retirement living, accredited training and education, employment services and social enterprises. Minda supports more than 1,700 people with disability and employs over 1,400 South Australians.