New building, new identity

Cameron Dawson, Keith Moore, Kelsey Peterkin, Sam Cheffirs, Lachy Wurst, Scott Majury, Bruce Jonsson, Cameron Errey at the former Barossa Enterprises site in Clare.
Cameron Dawson, Keith Moore, Kelsey Peterkin, Sam Cheffirs, Lachy Wurst, Scott Majury, Bruce Jonsson, Cameron Errey at the former Barossa Enterprises site in Clare.

2018 will be a landmark year for the Clare branch of non-profit Barossa Enterprises disability support organisation.

The organisation has been operating in the Clare Valley for the past 20 years under various names but most recently Barossa Enterprises.

Previously the group operated out of a building on Agnes Street in Clare, but the old site was demolished earlier this year to make way for a brand new, $700 thousand building to be built in its place.

As well as building a brand new building, the Clare branch will also be undergoing a makeover and re-branding as Clare Valley Enterprises to indicate the organisation’s commitment to the Valley.

Barossa Enterprises chief executive officer Garry Velt said the decision to redevelop the building had been in the planning stage for a while.

“The actual building has been in the works for a bit over a year now, but we have been planning on doing that for a number of years, the last five years at least,” he said.

There are currently 17 people with disabilities supported by Barossa Enterprises but that number is expected to rise to at least 30 when the new building is ready for use.

Mr Velt said that the new building will be more modern in design compared to the old building, and will have much more office space.

The construction of the new building has had a couple of hiccups which has delayed its commencement, however it is expected to be completed later this year in time for the NDIS rollout in the Mid North in the new year.

The organisation has also invested $600,000 by purchasing two homes to provide in-home support.