Community Living Australia — Delivering Flexible Personalised Services


Community Living Australia has entered into a Development Management Agreement with Burke Urban Investments (BUI) to design and build a social care and community health services hub and new offices within the Mount Barker City Centre Project.

The planned new, $25 million building is part of the first stage of BUI’s Mount Barker City Centre Project’s multi-staged development, with construction set to commence in mid-2023.

The 4-storey building with living green walls, will feature ground floor social care, allied health and disability services with day services for clients and administration on the upper levels, and a publicly accessible rooftop garden for functions and events.   

It will see CLA centralising and integrating its administration and key client services and create new local services to provide more convenient access for its clients and the community. 

The social care and health services hub will be a one-stop shop for CLA clients and the wider community including physiotherapists, speech therapists, psychologists, and cognitive behaviour therapists, reducing the need to travel to access multiple services. 

In addition, the hub will include facilities to develop a new skills-based training platform to create employment opportunities for people with disability and address the under-supply of a skilled workforce in the health, social care and support sector.

It’s estimated that up to 100 direct and indirect jobs will be created following completion of the new building, providing additional local employment for people who want to live and work locally in Mount Barker.

Burke Urban Investments will retain ownership of a ground-level strip of retail spaces which will border the upper piazza and town square.

Burke Urban Investments Director Kym Burke, believes the partnership perfectly aligns with the project’s objectives, with the new CLA building providing an important activated interface with the Town Square, helping to create vibrancy and viability of the proposed retail precinct in a building designed with advanced technology and sustainability at its core.

“CLA is a perfect fit for this project as they live and breathe the key values and themes that underpin this once-in-a generation project. CLA is committed to holistic wellbeing, with a strong community spirit and aims to create a completely inclusive community within their new building that will develop opportunities for people living with disability to be genuinely respected, valued and actively involved and included in the community,” Kym said. 

Community Living Australia CEO Mark Kulinski, says the long-term investment will benefit its existing clients and help to better integrate people living with a disability in the Mount Barker community. 

“Community Living Australia has selected the new Mount Barker City Centre as the site for its new head office to provide convenient, centralised services, helping clients to access all the services they need and to utilise more of their NDIS funding.

“It will also help address the current shortage of allied health services in the Mount Barker area, ultimately boosting the availability of vital services in the community,” Mark explained.

Community Living Australia has worked with a leading architects City Collective to ensure that the planned building is well-designed and will enhance the wider Mount Barker City Centre Project. 

Community Living Australia has lodged its plans for development approvals and grant funding will be sought to support the delivery of the full project vision.  

The Mount Barker City Centre Project Master Plan which was unveiled late in 2021 is a staged development proposing a town square providing a focal point for a hotel, residential units, a market shed combined with vibrant retailing for artisans and food and beverage outlets as well, as well as integrated community and civic facilities. 

About Mount Barker City Centre Project

The Mount Barker City Centre Project, developed in partnership with Burke Urban Investments and the Mount Barker District Council, is a $100 million investment into Mount Barker and is one of the largest joint private business and local council projects in regional South Australia.

The site is located on a large vacant, and long underutilized site of 12,000m2 adjacent to Hutchinson Street and Morphett Street, and the tree-lined Druids Avenue to the north, the project will create 450 direct and indirect jobs during construction. The staged development proposes new community facilities, including an integrated civic office, co-working hub, a new town square, along with a designated site for a new public library. Other key features include a 4,500m2 commercial office, a hotel, residential units, a market shed combined with vibrant retailing for artisans and food and beverage outlets. When completed, it will generate over 400 permanent jobs in the heart of Mount Barker city.

About Burke Urban Investments 

Burke Urban Investments is the specific entity established by Kym Burke and Mr Con Tragakis to undertake the Town Centre Project. The company is a pillar of South Australian residential property developer Burke Urban, a family owned business delivering outstanding living environments and strong communities for over 35years. Flagship developments include Newenham and Waterford in Mount Barker, Black Point and Linear Park, Highbury.

About Community Living Australia (CLA)

Community Living Australia (CLA) provides flexible services for children and adults living with disability across regional and metropolitan South Australia.

Community Living Australia now supports close to 500 clients and employs around 500 staff across the state, servicing the following regions:

  • Adelaide Hills
  • Fleurieu
  • Southern Metro
  • Murraylands
  • Riverland
  • Kangaroo Island
  • South East.

Community Living Australia is committed to ensuring its clients and people with disability have valued roles in the community, the opportunity to accomplish their goals and the ability to realise their dreams.

View from Hutchinson Street. 

First-level deck.

Town square.