The Lodge and Newnham Lanes: planning for the future

Posted July 07, 2022

Oakdale Lodge site – planning for the future

With from our staff, the people we support and their families, a Li-Ve Tas project team looked at a range of services for possible development on the Oakdale Lodge site. Based on information from the project team, the Li-Ve Tas Board has asked for a business case for a ‘village’ with multiple services. There will be two village options, one with and one without Li-Ve Tas offices on the site.

What are the options we are exploring for The Lodge site?

Both options include a range of services, including accommodation:

  • Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) – NDIS participant housing option
  • Affordable housing
  • Allied health services
  • Learning spaces and partnerships
  • Day support services centre
  • Childcare

If we include the childcare and allied health services, they would be operated by expert providers in those areas, with Li-Ve Tasmania as a landlord.

We’ve run forums and provided info to Lodge residents, their families, Zone families, the Acorn Branch and staff. All feedback from these iss being shared with the Board.

We’ve also contracted a surveyor, architect and an engineer to tell us more about what is possible on the site. [Pic: Oakdale Lodge residents, David Handorf, Pam Pearson, Mary Holowenko and Cleve Mitchell with architect, Stephen Geason, engineer, Rod Neville, Li-Ve Tas staff, Laura Nichols and Darren Mathewson and consultant, Josh Luttrell.]

What happens next?

In July, the Board will agree on an option (or ask for more information). We aim to agree a final concept plan in July.

Breaking ground at Newnham Lanes

Mitch Clark


Meet Mitch Clark

Mitch is 21 and loves power tools, helping build things and pull them apart, cooking and DVDs. He has Prader-Willi syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects his growth and physical and intellectual development. Mitch lives with his mum, Jayne and his step-dad.

Jayne hopes the NDIA will approve a funding package that allows Mitch to move to a unit at Newnham Lanes. The development would provide a home where Mitch can enjoy doing his own cooking and chores, like laundry, with the help of his dedicated support staff.

‘Mitch is so keen to be more independent and be involved in all the housework and shopping. I love that he wants to help out, but doing the chores together takes about three-times as long! With his own place and a support team, Mitch can be supported to do things at his own pace, like he is when Tahli and the rest of his Li-Ve Tas support team come in each morning to help him get ready for the day.’

About the Newnham Lanes development

Li-Ve Tas is working with Unify SDA Housing who are developing eight purpose-built Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) units at Newnham, in Launceston.

Li-Ve Tas is working with Unify SDA Housing who are developing eight purpose-built Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) units at Newnham, in Launceston.
‘Our partnership with Unify SDA will allow us to offer quality housing and support options for Mitch, and others like him. The right accommodation and support means people who live with disability can achieve their goals, and live their best lives.’ Says Li-Ve Tas CEO, Darren Mathewson.

‘Our Launceston office will also be moving to the site, so our team and the participants we support will be part of a vibrant, Newnham community.’