Tara’s Dream, Ocean Grove House

We’re so excited to introduce you to Tara’s Dream! The Ocean Grove House is named ‘Tara’s Dream’ in memory of Tara McGowan.

Tara was just 23 years of age and in her 3rd year of studying to become a Special Needs Teacher, when she tragically passed away in May 2015 from an asthma attack. Tara was very passionate about working towards moving young people out of nursing homes and into residential accommodation within the community.

The Tara’s Dream Foundation, in partnership with genU, raised $300,000 towards the total cost of building Tara’s Dream – a housing development for people with a disability in the Bellarine area.

About the Accommodation

We’re looking for a female applicant who is interested in sharing with 2 other females (aged between 25 and 45 years) in a 3 bedroom unit.

There are 5 units with the vacancy available in the 3 bedroom unit located at the rear of the property.

The home includes many perks, such as:

  • a staff sleepover room, which is shared across the 9 residents on-site;
  • a shared living, dining and kitchen area, 2 large bathrooms and an additional toilet, which are all fully accessible;
  • a communal outdoor patio/garden area that is shared by all;
  • bedrooms that feature structural provision for a ceiling hoist, built-in robes and fully accessible bathrooms; and
  • fire sprinkler system to all areas.

Location and Proximity to Amenities

Built on land donated by the City of Greater Geelong, Tara’s Dream is located in the heart of Ocean Grove on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria, with a short stroll to one of the local shopping complexes.

The location provides convenient access to amenities including a major supermarket, restaurants, pharmacy and medical centres.

The regional bus stop is located a short distance away, which provides a direct service to Geelong town centre.

The site provides supported accommodation for a total of 9 people with intellectual disabilities and was designed in line with standard criteria for government-funded Supported Accommodation Facilities & LHA Standards.

A 12 week trial period will apply to the suitable applicant. The move in date will be guided by SIL funding.

  • The applicant must be aged 18 years or over.
  • The applicant must be eligible for and is able to secure an appropriate level of recurrent funding – NDIS
    Shared Living complex, standard or low support or equivalent funding as part of their TAC or DHHS funding. If applying for the 1 bedroom units, the level of funding will be determined based on your level of support required.
  • The applicant must be eligible for and able to secure NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation funding – specifically Fully Accessible SDA.
  • The applicant’s personal characteristics must match those that are also going to be moving into the house.
  • The fabric of the house must be suitable to meet the support requirements of the applicant, or the fabric of the house can be readily modified to meet the individual’s support requirements.
  • The applicant must have the financial means to pay rent which is set at 25% of DSP plus 100% of Commonwealth Rental Assistance.
  • The applicant must have the financial means to pay for household and general living costs, like utilities, food, etc.
  • The support model must be suitable to meet the individual’s support requirements, health management and personal goals, including staff training.
  • The applicant must be willing to engage in activities of daily living as agreed within their individual support or independence plan.
  • The applicant must be willing for genU Karingal St Laurence to be their service provider and is prepared to sign a service agreement with genU Karingal St Laurence.
  • The applicant must be prepared to sign a Specialist Disability Accommodation Service Agreement.