Grand Western Lodge
Grand Western Lodge was a combined PWDA individual and systemic advocacy campaign focused on more than 40 adults with intellectual and psychosocial disability who were residents of “licenced premises for handicapped people” in Millthorpe, NSW between 2000 and 2011.
PWDA's advocacy work around Grand Western Lodge contributed significant action bringing these people to place of safety and the public release of the NSW Ombudsman's special report - More than board and lodging: the need for boarding house reform in August 2011
PWDA continutes to carry out advocacy work and representation around Boarding House Reform.
Media Reports and Publications
24 September 2013
- Grand Western Lodge Class Action against the State of NSW and Adrian Powell, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers Press Release
- Residents seek compensation from 'house of horrors' boarding home, SMH
- Handicapped residents seek compo in NSW, The Age
12 May 2012
- Six deaths in boarding house stir coroner's ire Paul Bibby, Sydney Morning Herald
11 May 2012
- Coroner critical of Dickensian condition of boarding house for the disabled Meredith Griffiths, ABC The World Today
13 March 2012
- Serious issues at boarding house where six died: inquest Paul Bibby, Sydney Morning Herald
16 October 2011
- Taskforce's house of horror fear Linda Silmalis, The Sunday Telegraph
18 August 2011
- Damning report into boarding houses ABC Radio National with Dr Gabrielle Drake
Dr Drake completed a PhD study in 2010 (PDF 904kb) on the deinstitutionalisation of boarding houses for people with mental illness and disability.
- From August, PWDA's Individual Advocates travel to and from Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo to support the 43 residents recently removed from Grand Western Lodge, where they had allegedly been subject to significant experiences of abuse and violence.
17 August 2011
- NSW Ombudsman Bruce Barbour says boarders are dying with no dignity Vikki Campion, The Daily Telegraph
- Shocking abuse and neglect revealed in boarding houses across NSW Adele Horin, Sydney Morning Herald
- Archaic boarding houses should be abolished, says UWS expert University of Western Sydney, Press Release
- More than board and lodging: the need for boarding house reform NSW Ombudsman's special report to Parliament
Click here to learn more about this report and its findings and recommendations.
16 August 2011
- Grand Western Lodge left with one resident Adele Horin, Sydney Morning Herald
As reported in this article, it is PWDA's understanding that the final group of 25 residents were relocated to alternative supported accommodation late last week following emergency hearings of the Guardianship Tribunal where the use of Section 11 of the Guardianship Act and coercive legal powers to remove residents forcibly (if required) were granted.
- Ombudsman's Report a Damning Indictment of Licensed Boarding House Monitoring and Reform - People with Disability Australia, Press Release
- Improving conditions in boarding houses NSW Ombudsman's Media Release
- PWDA understands that an active Police investigation of allegations of violence and abuse is in progress.
30 July 2011
- Lambasted boarding house has 18 residents removed Adele Horin, Sydney Morning Herald
23 July 2011
- Victim's sister relives pain of boarding house case Adele Horin, Sydney Morning Herald
- Sad truth behind closed doors Adele Horin, Sydney Morning Herald
22 July 2011
- Breaking the silence; boarding houses and abuse Sonya Price-Kelly, ABC Ramp Up
18 July 2011
- $15m bid for damages in boarding house case Adele Horin, Sydney Morning Herald
17 July 2011
- Licensed residential centres - confined to the back room The Tenant's Union of NSW
16 July 2011
- Disturbing tales from behind closed doors Adele Horin, Sydney Morning Herald
- PWDA's Background Briefing Paper on Grand Western Lodge 87kb Word
- PWDA began to alert ADHC and NSW Police to allegations of serious risk of harm to residents of Grand Western Lodge. It takes ADHC over a year to begin effective action in response to these allegations.