Unit Living, Marion, was opened at Sturt by the government in 1974. It was a group of five self-contained units designed to allow young adults under the care of the Department to live independently as they transitioned from senior school into work. In 1990 Unit Living, Marion, became known as the Sturt Community Unit.
Unit Living , Marion, was opened by the Department of Community Welfare on 9 December 1974. It consisted of a group of five self-contained units situated on Diagonal Road, Sturt. Unit Living was designed to allow young adults under the care of the Department for Community Welfare to live independently.
The 1975 Annual Report from the Department said of Unit Living, Marion that:
Care and accommodation is provided there for senior school students expected to move into the workforce within about 12 months. The young people living there have shown a capacity to carry on their responsibilities in a supervised situation.
Unit Living, Marion, commonly known as Marion Flats, continued to operate until 1990. It then became known as the Sturt Community Unit.
1974 - 1990 Unit Living, Marion
1990 - 1995 Sturt Community Unit
Sources used to compile this entry: George, Karen, Finding your own way, Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc., 2005, http://nunku.org.au/resources/; Mullighan, the Hon E.P., Children in State Care Commission of Inquiry: Allegations of sexual abuse and death from criminal conduct, presented to the South Australian Parliament by the Hon. E.P. Mullighan QC, Commisioner, Children in State Care Commission of Enquiry, Adelaide, South Australia, 2008, 564 pp, https://www.childprotection.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/107201/children-in-state-care-commission-of-inquiry-introducation.pdf.
Prepared by: Gary George and Karen George
Created: 14 February 2011, Last modified: 13 February 2014