Purrkanaitya Elders Village

30 Jan 2024

Today, project partners announced the delivery of Purrkanaitya, a purpose-built Aboriginal Elders Village, that will offer ‘ageing in place’ for many Aboriginal Elders living in Adelaide.

The Village is set to comprise 40 modern and culturally appropriate homes for Aboriginal Elders and is located on Kaurna Country, just 13km south of the CBD.

The Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC) provided a grant sum of $5,170,000 along with a generous land donation valued at $5,675,000 for the Village’s construction.

The $12.17 million project is collaborative effort between ACHL, Housing Australia, the South Australian Housing Authority, the ILSC, and the Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation (KYAC).

ILSC Group Chief Executive Officer, Joe Morrison said the ILSC’s investment in the purpose-built Village exemplifies the organisation’s commitment to the people it serves, First Nations peoples

“We welcome today’s additional funding boost to this project that is a genuine partnership between organisations with a mutual goal in mind – deliver a culturally appropriate housing solution for the Elders,” said Mr Morrison.  

ILSC Chief Operating Officer, Matthew Salmon, said the project clearly demonstrated the ILSC’s role, which is to partner with Indigenous corporations and work alongside the rightful owners of Country over the longer term.

“We’re proud to support our Elders, who have played, and continue to play, a fundamental role within communities across many generations, and are looking forward to breaking ground on this significant project,” said Mr Salmon.

Construction is expected to commence in August 2024, marking a significant step towards providing a culturally appropriate independent living solution for Aboriginal Elders in South Australia.

ILSC Chief Operating Officer, Matthew Salmon delivering a speech at the event today

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