Royal Far West and Multiplex Break Ground on Aurora Beachfront Project to Aid Rural Children

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Royal Far West (RFW) has officially commenced construction on Aurora, its ambitious beachfront development in Manly, collaborating with construction partner Multiplex to bolster the organization’s mission of enhancing the health and wellbeing of children in rural Australia.

The project, located at 19-21 South Steyne, Manly, kicked off with a Smoking Ceremony and sod-turning event, attended by notable figures including Zali Steggall OAM, Member for Warringah, and distinguished architects Glenn Murcutt AO and Angelo Candalapas, who have been entrusted with designing the RFW Neighbourhood.

For nearly a century, Royal Far West has been a beacon of hope for country children, offering essential paediatric and allied health services from its Manly facility. The charity has also been at the forefront of telehealth innovations, providing crucial support to remote areas across the nation.

This new development represents a strategic move to ensure the sustainability of RFW’s services amid increasing demand. The organization selected Multiplex in February 2024 to bring their vision to life. The development will feature waterfront apartments, updated accommodations for visiting country families, and a mix of retail, commercial, and lifestyle spaces, all aimed at benefiting both the charity’s mission and the northern beaches community.

Aurora, envisioned by renowned Australian architects Glenn Murcutt and Angelo Candalepas, consists of two distinct buildings. No. 19 South Steyne, located directly across from the beach, will feature 16 three-bedroom apartments. Behind it, 21 South Steyne will offer 42 apartments in a variety of one, two, and three-bedroom configurations.

^Aurora by Royal Far West is Located Directly on Manly Beach in Sydney (Image: Royal Far West)
^Aurora by Royal Far West is Located Directly on Manly Beach in Sydney (Image: Royal Far West)

The need for RFW’s services has grown dramatically, with a 69% increase in beneficiaries recorded in 2023 alone. Many children in regional and remote Australia face waiting times of up to six years to see a paediatrician, if services are available at all. The impact of natural disasters such as bushfires and floods has further exacerbated the demand for developmental and mental health services.

Joan Treweeke OAM LLB, Chairman of the RFW Board, emphasized the significance of this development in securing the future of the charity and the wellbeing of Australia’s rural children.

“At Royal Far West we have been proudly delivering health services from our home in Manly for almost 100 years, and this development will play an important role in ensuring we can continue to gift essential healthcare to those most in need for another 100 years to come.”

“Where you live should not be a barrier, nor a cause for disadvantage, yet 190,000 children in rural and remote Australia have health and development needs that are not being met. Royal Far West aims to bridge this gap, to ensure that all country children can reach their full potential.”

David Ghannoum, Multiplex’s NSW Regional Managing Director, expressed the company’s enthusiasm for partnering with RFW to deliver this transformative project for the charity, its beneficiaries, and the broader community.

“We’re delighted to mark the start of construction and are proud to be delivering this world-class development for the charity, enabling them to bolster their services and expand their impact for country kids. We look forward to progressing on site and leaving a legacy that will benefit generations to come.”

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