First sod turned for PIF House Blacktown
December 2016 NSW
On 2 December, shovels at the ready, Rosemary Smithson, CEO, the Property Industry Foundation (PIF); Cate Sydes, CEO, Marist 180 and Rod Fehring, CEO, Frasers Property Australia turned the first sod on the site where PIF House Blacktown will be constructed. They celebrated on site with colleagues involved in the project.
PIF House Blacktown is a project of the Property Industry Foundation for Marist180 with Frasers Property Australia providing design services, construction expertise and project management.
Rosemary Smithson said every night across Australia there are over 44, 000 young people who are homeless.
“PIF House Blacktown is a great example of organisations coming together to make a tangible difference to the persistent problem of youth homelessness,” she said.
Marist180 residential manager Natalie Chichmir said the home will provide up to a year’s accommodation and counselling for young people aged 17-19.
“The idea is once they leave here they’re not relying on another organisation, they’re independent,” she said.
This is the second PIF House sponsored by the Frasers Property Australia. A growing number of project partners are donating their expertise and materials to the construction of PIF House Blacktown.