Home of hope - coming soon
Transforming the lives of women and their children to break generational chains of addiction
Teen Challenge Tasmania has received approval by the Meander Valley Council to lease the former Meander Primary School site to establish Home of Hope, Women and Children's rehabilitation centre.
Our Planning Permit submission for the Home of Hope development, has been approved by Meander Valley Council on Tuesday 14th March. The 14 day appeals period has ended and there has been an appeal lodged against the decision of Council. A hearing has been set for late June with the Planning Tribunal.
A very significant step has been taken and we are getting closer to being able to fit out the buildings and open this vital resource for those Tasmanian Women and Kids to break generational chains of addiction and families to be restored.
On the 8th June, we received via the Meander Valley Council a preliminary ruling by the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal, on the appeal lodged by Timber World Pty Ltd, the appellant against the Home of Hope, Development Approval by Meander Valley Council.
The Tribunal holds that the Meander Valley Councils advertising of our complete Development Application of Use of Building as Residential / Educational / Hospital Services as purely "Hospital Use" was inappropriately described and potentially misleading. As a result the permit approval is now invalid. We are deeply disappointed by the further delays this will now entail to the opening of this vitally needed service for Tassie women and their children.
The Meander Valley Council has since opted to appeal the Tribunal's decision, via the Supreme Court, on their advertising of the Planning permit application. A date has been set for the 18th October for this to be heard. A request has been made by council of the Supreme Court, that if they are wrong in their advertisement of the Use Class for the development, that the Supreme Court rules what is the correct use to ensure a clear path forward for the application of Home of Hope.
November Update: The Supreme Court hearing has been conducted (18th October). We are awaiting the decision from the Supreme Court to be handed down to re-commence, whichever path to continue with the Appeal process or Development Application process to receive our permit for Home of Hope. We will post result as soon as we have it.
February Update: We are still waiting for the decision from the Supreme Court to be handed down to take the next step in the process. As of Sunday the 18th of February it has been 4 months since the initial hearing. We do not know yet what is their answer and which direction we are yet to take. Please keep the Supreme Court ruling in your prayers for an answer soon. We will update everyone when we know.
March Update: The Supreme Court ruling has been handed down in favour of the Meander Valley Councils appeal. We will now be awaiting the Planning Tribunal Hearing dates to have the opposing appeal against Home of Hope Planning Submission heard in full.
June Update: The Planning Tribunal dates have been set to the 3rd & 4th July. We will update you once we have further information/results.
July Update: There has been an amendment to the Planning Tribunal date now the first week in September. We'll keep you up to date as more information comes to hand.
We receive calls for help every day and there is a human face to this process, that delays effect, that perhaps is not palatable to some. These women are someones mother, daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, aunty and they need help now, we will not walk away from them. We are committed to opening Home of Hope and through this facility "Transforming the lives of women and their children to break free from the generational chains of addiction."
We are working with the local community to establish a new life within their former school, together enabling hope and a future to many women and families caught in the devastation of addiction. To transform lives once again in such a beautiful, peaceful and welcoming community as Meander.
You may like to view our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more. We welcome any questions regarding Home of Hope and encourage discussions. Please contact Tanya Cavanagh, Executive Director on 0412 300 850 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home of Hope Orchard renewal
August & September saw us with the generous help of Meander Valley Harvest Helpers volunteers, prune heavily the Home of Hope orchard and bring it back into shape for the future. Whilst we were a bit late for the plum trees the rest is looking great and the fruit should be better quality and ease of picking for the ladies and their kids moving forward.
Home of Hope: The former Meander Primary School will be a beautiful home for women and their children serious about overcoming their addictions.