Opening Up New Possabilities for Burnie

The Burnie City Council has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Possability for the development of an Intensive Support Service on land in Burnie.

The proposal is for Possability (formerly Optia) to acquire land adjacent to the property that it already owns at 2 Mussen Close, Shorewell, for the purpose of developing an Intensive Support Service for people with disabilities and complex housing needs in the Burnie region. 

This MOU is a non-binding agreement that will allow Possability to develop the project and access funding for Specialist Disability Accommodation being made available through the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The proposal will not progress until Council has satisfied the requirement for disposing of public land under the Local Government Act, and Possability has secured funding.

If Possability is successful in obtaining funding, Council will transfer the land as an in-kind contribution towards the development of an Intensive Support Service for the Burnie region.

Burnie Mayor, Ald Anita Dow said:  “Possability worked with Council in 2008 to construct 15 independent living units under a similar arrangement and this has provided social and economic benefits for Burnie. This project builds on the existing infrastructure and is a natural fit for this area.”

Possability has provided Council with a Master Plan for Mussen Close which indicates an intention to develop this area further to provide resources for the Burnie community with a sensory garden, community area and an interactive exercise area.

The CEO of Possability, Mr Drew Beswick said: “With the introduction of NDIS into Tasmania from 1 July 2016 the signing of this agreement will allow for the preparation and lodgement of a funding application for the Intensive Support Service, for a service that is currently not available in this region.”

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728