A $40m expansion plan on our recently purchased 100 acre farm, on the rural outskirts of Mansfield, has been dubbed Operation Gamechanger.
It will be home to new facilities and expanded services, so that we can support more families. Our current premises have served us well, but we just do not have the room to expand to cater for the demand for our services and the benefits of being out at the farm will be incredible for our clients and students.
Operation Gamechanger, includes a new term therapeutic school campus, residences for students, respite and crisis care, recreational facilities, family camp, equine therapy centre, swimming pool, walking & cycling tracks and professional development training facilities.
The total cost is around $40m and we are seeking external funding from government, from donations and philanthropic trusts and then we will borrow to fund the balance. Down the track, we may sell existing land and buildings to help pay down debt. All up Mansfield Autism will be contributing about $8m for Operation Gamechanger, so every dollar raised or donated is vital.
Operation Gamechanger is well named, not only will our expansion help transform the lives of families living with autism, it will also drive the state economy with jobs set to double to over 250. A conservative cost benefit analysis on Operation Gamechanger determined a socio economic benefit of $127m over a 10 year life of project, with an investment return rate of 1.6.
Thank you to the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments for the significant funding support to date equating to ~$15.5m. Mansfield Autism has also contributed about $8.5m. Thanks also to the many local businesses, community and philanthropic trusts that have made significant contributions.
12 x 3 bedroom accessible, self contained cabins. All purpose activities centre. Meeting place. Funded by Commonwealth Government & Victorian Government under the Bushfire Recovery program & the Commonwealth’s Building Better Regions, together with Mansfield Autism.
Conference and training centre with dining area. 2 x ensuite style mega cabins.
New school campus – term therapeutic.
Stage 1 of Project Education funded by Victorian State Government’s Independent Schools Capital Infrastructure Fund, together with Mansfield Autism.
Client accommodation – term placement, respite, crisis and permanent.
Project Residence is funded by the Victorian State Government.
Hydrotherapy & learn to swim indoor pools, splash park, hard court, equine facilities, walking & bike paths, sensory gardens.
Theses funding bodies have generously contributed toward Operation Gamechanger.
A not so lazy $5500 was raised by TeamMASS, with these 2 intrepid legends tackling the 100km and a staff mob of awesomeness taking on the 10km - skating rink to summit included. Thanks to everyone who donated. Oscars100 Hut 2...
The first concrete slab has now been poured for our 12 Camp Retreat accessible self contained family cabins.
Project Residence forges ahead with the arrival of the Crisis Pods.
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$4.9m toward Stage 1 new school campus at the farm. To say we are excited & appreciative would be a massive understatement. Thankyou! To Jaclyn Symes for the sensational support. Building boost for Mansfield School Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today...
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The following story is now displayed on the National Disability Insurance Scheme website. Netherclift family say autism training was a total gamechanger The Netherclifts are grateful the NDIS is supporting their son, Perry, 8, so he can receive “life-changing”...
The following story appeared on 9 News Victoria during the 6 o'clock News on Sunday 20th June, 2021 A 9 News Melbourne team visited the farm that is the site of Operation Gamechanger where the Therapeutic Care Farm will be built greatly increasing the number of...
The Mansfield Autism Statewide Service will be able to help more children with autism and their families after receiving $6.5 million from the Victorian government to build more accommodation on its 100-acre therapeutic farm. "To have the funding for the houses so...
A teenage prodigy living with autism has proposed a major revegetation project for a therapeutic farm in regional Victoria. Earlier this year, not-for-profit organisation Mansfield Autism Statewide Services (MASS) bought an idyllic farm for its clients. However, the...
It was the tranquil hush of the 40ha farm that first convinced Simone Reeves and her board to buy the land, just outside Mansfield in Victoria’s high country. Simone, director of Mansfield Autism Statewide Service (MASS), says they had for many years been looking for...