Abbeyfield House Bungendore is Coming! Background & Current Activities 2020



Abbeyfield Bungendore, along with Abbeyfield Australia, has submitted the DA to Council.  This included the agreed house design (12 bedrooms with ensuites and a self contained housekeepers unit), engineering specifications and landscaping plans. Nick Pelle of Oztal Architects has prepared plans of the Bungendore Abbeyfield house. Between the regular threats of bushfires in November and December 2019, Kylie Coe (Coe Planning Services) coordinated the DA application process and prepared the EI Statement. Under her guidance, specialists reports were prepared to comply with Council’s conditions. Jennie Curtis (Fresh Landscapes) finalised her designs for the landscaping. Nick, Kylie and Jennie have worked pro bono in recognition of it being a charitable project. Our special thanks to PHL Surveyors for their rapid assistance and donation of the survey plan.

A detailed  Quantity Surveyor’s report has put the total cost of the project at $3.5M.  The Indicative Cost Estimate has been priced to reflect current Canberra costs at November 2018 with an allowance for escalation to completion, and design and construction contingencies of 15%. Included are double glazing, bathrooms with disabled access, internal finishes, air-conditioning, security systems, communications, landscaping, fitments and white-goods. Based on these plans, Abbeyfield Australia (assisted by and on behalf of the Abbeyfield Bungendore committee) will be ready to seek further funding for this very worthwhile project from a range of programs.  This will include the Federal Government’s  Building Better Regions – Infrastructure Projects Stream.

The House model is a sustainable and relatively simple concept, and follows the early models set up in the UK.  There is an inspiring video clip ( explaining the origin of the model by its founder, Richard Carr-Gomm.  The amazing thing is that many of the issues he saw in 1955, are still the same today – not just financial stress, but isolation of the individual!

The concept drawing of the proposed House can be seen here Front view- concept plan . The upper level, for the housekeeper, provides a roomy 2 bedroom unit with private  courtyard and parking area. 


Abbeyfield Bungendore gratefully acknowledges the grant of $500,000 in February 2017, under the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Infrastructure funding.  Following the consultation process, the Council committed to assist in finding a suitable block of land. 

On the twenty-sixth of July 2017 Abbeyfield Bungendore was granted a long term lease over land in Majara Street, for the Abbeyfield House. Council’s Administrator at the time, Tim Overall, readily acknowledged the need for such housing. 


A very warm welcome to the Bungendore  Abbeyfield Australia project.

This project is to build an Abbeyfield House in Bungendore  – a big undertaking to fill a big gap.

You can learn a little about the model and the project in this YouTube video –  Building a house for Seniors in Bungendore Village

Abbeyfield is all about helping those in our community who need it most.
“Bungendore”  Photo courtesy of Pete Harrison, Councillor – Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council