Project: Fletcher Street Cottage, Byron Bay NSW
Client: Creative Capital (Habitat Dream Team)
Responding to the growing need for services supporting the local homeless, Byron Community Centre and Creative Capital (the team behind Habitat) have joined forces to re-open Fletcher Street Cottage, located in the middle of town.
Previously run as a drop-in centre for people at risk of becoming homeless, and those already sleeping rough, Fletcher Street Cottage has been closed for five years due to a lack of funding.
Owned by Council, Council recently voted to re-open the cottage as a hub for Byron’s most vulnerable, with co-located services making for easy access. There will be assistance with housing, mental health, physical health, plus other basics like providing a safe place to have a shower and do some washing.
Led by Louise O’Connell, general manager for the Byron Community Centre, the Creative Capital team are volunteering their time and skills to help raise funds, re-design the space and manage the renovations.
“Byron is second only to Sydney for homelessness,” says Louise, “This hub will provide much-needed services for our growing homeless, many of whom are women.”
Brandon Saul, director for Creative Capital agreed, “There’s never been a more critical time for these services. With the ongoing housing crisis, we need to look after everyone in the local community.”
MDA Consulting Engineers were pleased to be involved as part of the Creative Capital team to support the renovation and reconfiguration of Fletcher Street Cottage, Byron Bay NSW by providing Mechanical, Electrical and Hydraulic services design for this valuable and much-needed community project.
To learn more or to support this community project in any way, please get in touch at [email protected] or 0439 982 252.