A $30m 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 $30m 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.
12 self contained cabins with a mix of all access & ambulant. Conference and training centre with shared activities and dining area.
New school campus – term therapeutic
Client accommodation – term placement, respite, crisis and permanent.
Swimming pool, hard court, equine arena, walking & bike paths, sensory gardens
Maybe a zip line…
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