Care vision a reality at last

After almost four long decades of struggle and determination Pastor Eric Liebelt finally saw his late sister’s dream for better facilities for Hills people with disabilities realised on Sunday.

Pastor Eric Liebelt and MLC Kelly Vincent celebrate the opening of Hill View Lutheran Homes for the Disabled four decades after his sister Betty Sickle first voiced her vision for such a facility.

The $1.7m project to build a respite centre and independent living units was officially launched on the weekend and will soon open its doors to its new residents.
The Lehmann Court facility in Mt Barker will allow disabled people to live independently in three units, with a further two units for higher care clients who will receive onsite support.
The Hill View Lutheran Services to the Disabled site will also offer much-needed respite for Hills carers, with accommodation for six disabled people and trained support workers.
It has been built on land bequeathed by Betty Sickel, whose chronic diabetes from the age of 12 robbed her of her sight and later her legs.

For the full report, see the print issue of The Courier.