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Redevelopment gets the green light

We are excited to announce that our ‘Uniting in the City’ development on the corner of Pitt and Franklin Streets in the CBD has received approval from the Development Assessment Commission of South Australia.

The project will create a new 20-storey, multi-use building for specialist disability long-term rental and respite accommodation, city retirement living, and a unique social services hub that will mean we can extend the services we provide to many South Australians facing hardship.

The multi-use development will incorporate café spaces, retail and commercial offices, and open up a new pedestrian laneway connecting Franklin and Grote Streets. This will invite opportunities to partner more broadly with other socially driven individuals and organisations.

Partially funded by the State Government, this venture will create up to 180 new jobs and provide 85 new purpose-built apartments, helping to further regenerate and revitalise the Central Market district.

This year, we became the first SA organisation and first registered charity in Australia to be certified carbon neutral. The development will also build on our commitment to the environment, and we will be looking to achieve a recognised level of Australian excellence for building design and sustainability.

Memories of Reverend Maughan

We were pleased to welcome family members of Reverend James Maughan, namesake of the Maughan Church on the corner of Franklin and Pitt Streets, to our head office in April.

A Methodist Minister from England, Reverend Maughan immigrated to Adelaide and developed a strong congregation in Adelaide and around the state.

Some of the Reverend’s great-great-granddaughters had a family photo taken with his portrait, and shared stories of his life.

‘Our grandparents used to tell us about how he traversed the state from the south-east to the Yorke Peninsula, alone and in ill-health, by horse and cart to both preach and give lectures in this still-new colony,’ says Jane Angel.

‘He befriended Samuel Way here and they both travelled back to England together at some stage, hoping to unite congregations. It is notable that the church which became Maughan Methodist was built just two years after Maughan’s arrival in Australia.’

L-R: Julie Warnest, Pam Andrew, Anne Butcher, Jill Trezise and Jane Angel 3

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