Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Champions Award 2017


Ian Holowko

Ian was awarded a leadership award for his exceptional leadership in bringing together a corporate entity, local community, government, a housing provider, and carers to develop a housing project and programs that benefit young people with an intellectual disability in the City of Manningham. Read more here.

Gail Dick

Gail was awarded an impact award; primarily for her tireless efforts to found and keep running the Doncaster All-Abilities Basketball, which now caters for over 250 players. Those who know Gail are in awe of her efforts for people with intellectual disabilities in basketball and in MICH.

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Australian Honours 2018 list


Carolyn J Vimpani OAM

Carolyn was awarded a medal of the Order of Australia for her services to the Manningham community in the area of disability. She was a founding member in 1981 of the current Manningham Access and Equity Committee and has been involved for over 20 years in REAL, which focuses on community inclusion for adults with an intellectual disability. Besides other community groups, Carolyn is a current member of MICH’s executive committee, focusing on preparing people to move into a home of their choice in the community and working with all levels of Government and industry to achieve this goal. Read more here.

Lionel Allemand OAM

Lionel was awarded a medal of the Order of Australia for his services to the Manningham community and local government. Lionel has an extensive list of achievements covering twice being former Mayor of City of Doncaster and Templestowe, co-founder of the Tynan Eyre Committee (now Blue Ribbon), Police Association Victoria President, and founder of Manningham Promoting Character. Lionel is currently the Secretary of MICH along with numerous other community roles.

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Update on transition projects


Towards a Better Life

The Towards a Better Life project will support members who are preparing to live in a home of their own in a highly relevant way, with targeted work that would assist in gaining good outcomes in their transition from the family home. The project is based on building a network around each person, upskilling the people in that network, and supporting them for a year to do the work with the young person. Read more here.

The MICH Joint Venture, a joint venture between Rotary District 9810 Charitable Services and MICH, is funding the Towards a Better Life program via a grant from the Manningham Charitable Trust and generous donations from supporters. 

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Update on accommodation projects


Manningham Inclusive Community Housing (MICH) at Tullamore Estate

Community Housing Ltd (CHL) has filled vacancies in two new, 2-bedroom Town Houses in the Tullamore Estate. These homes are under construction and are a result of a partnership between MICH, MIRVAC, CHL, and the Victorian Property Fund. The two, 2-storey Town Houses are adjacent to each other and each Town House comprise two bedrooms, two bathrooms, lounge, dining and kitchen, and lock up garage. A tenant application and selection process was completed in September 2017. Four members of MICH are preparing to move into the accommodation in the first half of 2018.

Montgomery Street Re-development

Manningham Council is planning a re-development of council real estate at Montgomery Street, East Doncaster. MICH partnered with a well-established, prominent developer and national provider of affordable housing, who bid for the re-development. The bid was unsuccessful. 

Other projects

MICH is in discussion with a number of property owners regarding other re-developments. 

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MICH Joint Venture


Manningham Inclusive Community Housing Inc (MICH) has announced a joint venture entitled the “MICH Joint Venture”, with Rotary District 9810 Charitable Services (RCS).  The Rotary Club of Manningham has sponsored the MICH Joint Venture as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) endorsed project.  The RCS was established as a Trust to operate as a DGR non-profit benevolent institution. MICH and RCS will work together to develop, deliver, operate, administer, and manage a program for individuals to transition to independent living.

MICH spokesperson, Franco Scalzo, noted that the joint venture “broadens access to philanthropic funding, provides tax deductibility for donors, reinforces legal and financial management, and exemplifies the strong community support for MICH’s objectives”.

About RCS:  Rotary District 9810 Charitable Services has been established as a Trust to operate as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) non-profit benevolent institution to encourage, promote and extend the object of Rotary International by facilitating multi-Rotary club, multi-year community projects within Rotary District 9810, which includes the four Rotary Clubs in the City of Manningham. RCS’ DGR status provides tax deductibility to encourage personal, private and public contributions to Rotary community projects. RCS provides peace of mind to Clubs, as it is a Discretionary Investment Trust with legal, insurance, and financial management, including GST and annual audits, for all Club projects set up under the Public Benevolent Institution structure.

RCS objectives specifically relating to the Manningham Inclusive Community Housing Project include relief of distress and depression suffered by young adult men and women with an intellectual disability, arising from the lack of life skills, self worth, belonging or otherwise.

Rotary District 9810 Charitable Services is a new entity commencing operation in the 2016/2017 financial year.

About MICH: MICH was formed by a concerned group of parents and community members to establish appropriate housing within Manningham, for people with an intellectual disability, providing them with the opportunity to maintain a meaningful life within their existing community. MICH believe that a home is not just the house in which you live, and the people with whom you choose to live, but is also the community in which you have chosen to live.  A sense of belonging can be found when home is in a broad community where you find ongoing connection to people and places, where you are able to participate and contribute to that community.

For more information contact: 

Paul Mees - RCS
M: 0466 208 577

Franco Scalzo – MICH
M: 0430 821 737