Australasian Housing Institute

AHI Port Adelaide Urban Walking Tour, SA

AHI South Australian Branch would like to invite you to join the AHI Port Adelaide Walking Tour – Renewal, Housing, Places and People

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The Walking Tour will commence at 10:00am Tuesday, 15th May 2018 at Ladder Port Adelaide Foyer, 1 Marryat Street Port Adelaide and will include walking and talking the past and present renewal of Port Adelaide.

Tour Leader Wendy Malycha, AHI SA Branch Member and CEO St John’s Youth Services, will provide an overview of the Ladder Port Adelaide Foyer as well discuss the economic impact of the foyer on the immediate community. Discussion will be followed by Vincent Rigter, Renewal SA, who will present Renewal SA’s vision for Port Adelaide.

We will finish the tour with the opportunity to network with sector colleagues over a light lunch in the Foyer Conference Room.

DATE: Tuesday 15 May 2018
PRICE: $20 for AHI members and $35 for non-members


MEET 10.00 AM

  • Ladder Port Adelaide Foyer, 1 Marryat Street Port Adelaide
  • Ample Parking in the Shopping Centre Parking area
  • WELCOME - Wendy Malycha - AHI SA Branch Member


Speaker: Wendy Malycha, CEO St John’s Youth Services & AHI SA Branch Member

Ladder Port Adelaide Foyer is the first Foyer in South Australia. This accommodation facility is located in the heart of Port Adelaide and provides independent housing for 23 young people who wish to re-engage with education, seek training or find employment.

The Foyer is a joint partnership between the Housing SA, Ladder and St John’s Youth Services. It aims to provide young people with strong support and mentoring to develop independent living skills, maintain employment, training and or education and to engage positively with local communities.

The Foyer at Port Adelaide involved the total refurbishment of a derelict state heritage listed building to accommodate a mix of uses including residential accommodation for young people in the Ladder program, as well as associated administrative and multi-purpose areas and a number of commercial tenancies. The existing building is located on a prominent and important corner in Port Adelaide, on Commercial Road and St Vincent Street known as Black Diamond corner.

The design is modern and sophisticated in contrast to the original old building, part of which dates back to 1851 when it was constructed as a theatre. The new entry provides a strong focus and statement without detracting from the beauty of the original building. It is highly transparent but has been carefully designed and detailed to ensure good environmental performance. The project has focused on achieving a high level of sustainability with all materials and finishes selections based on their environmental performance.

10.30 AM THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE FOYER ON THE IMMEDIATE COMMUNITY Speaker: Wendy Malycha, CEO St John’s Youth Services & AHI SA Branch Member

Foyer as a trigger for renewal

Speaker: Vincent Rigter, Renewal SA

Port Adelaide’s place in our state’s history is evolving into one of contemporary significance.

It’s about recreating a community with purpose, where people engaged in enterprise, innovation and ideas will work and once again reside.

There is no other community in this state going through a transformation like Port Adelaide.


11.00 AM

Up to the lighthouse, walking and talking the past and present renewal of Port Adelaide.

Then up Divett St to Dock One Vince will continue to share the Communities vision of Port Adelaide’s Urban Renewal.

12.00 PM LIGHT LUNCH in the Foyer Conference Room

1.00 PM Conclusion

Thank you from Wendy Malycha, AHI SA Branch Member