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Operation Gamechanger

Operation Gamechanger

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.

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Retreat

12 self contained cabins with a mix of all access & ambulant. Conference and training centre with shared activities and dining area.

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Education

New school campus – term therapeutic

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Residence

Client accommodation – term placement, respite, crisis and permanent.

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Recreation

Swimming pool, hard court, equine arena, walking & bike paths, sensory gardens
Maybe a zip line…

Project Education funding provided by Victorian government

Project Education funding provided by Victorian government

$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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More Mansfield Autism stories highlighted by NDIS

More Mansfield Autism stories highlighted by NDIS

Andrew Field is grateful to the NDIS and says his family is now much better equipped to manage his son’s diverse behaviours since he was able to use his son’s NDIS funding flexibly to attend a Mansfield Autism Statewide Services (MASS) family camp. Andrew said after...

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Work continues on Project Residence

Work continues on Project Residence

Rain - no probs. Progress on our crisis pods continues indoors, with the steel floor frame taking shape. The 3 transportable, resilient 2 bedroom pods will be located at our farm and increase our capacity to offer respite and crisis care for autistic children. All...

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Mansfield Autism story on NDIS website

Mansfield Autism story on NDIS website

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”...

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9 News Melbourne story on Mansfield Autism

9 News Melbourne story on Mansfield Autism

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...

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Mansfield teen with autism has big dreams for therapeutic farm

Mansfield teen with autism has big dreams for therapeutic farm

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...

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Peaceful road to a ‘vision of paradise’

Peaceful road to a ‘vision of paradise’

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...

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Will Callaghan at the farm after his rescue

Will Callaghan at the farm after his rescue

A month on from his incredible story of survival, autistic teen Will Callaghan is back among the soothing trees, hills and fields of the country where he can run, play and explore with a level of freedom impossible anywhere else, while also learning life and coping...

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We bought the farm

We bought the farm

A 100 acre farm, just out of Mansfield in north east Victoria, is now owned by Mansfield Autism Statewide Services (MASS) and will be the future home for the many services provided to support Victorian families living with autism. “Buying the farm is the first...

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Farm Plans