The second stage of the carers accommodation at South East Regional Hospital is about to be opened and the community is being invited to attend and celebrate the event.
Known as Booraja House, the building officially opened its doors to guests in January 2018, and now the community carers project team is getting ready to do it all again.
The new section includes another six motel style rooms, along with a common area that offers guests a full kitchen and dining area, along with a couple of sitting rooms.
“The shared living space really adds to the amenity of the facility, especially for people who are staying a few days,” CCASE president Lynne Koerbin said.
The official opening will be on Friday, January 18, with Senator Jim Molan a special guest. Booraja House will then open its doors to the community from 12-5pm. Warren Foster and the Gulaga Dancers will lead the celebration with traditional dancing and a smoking ceremony at noon.
“We’ve been so lucky with the way everyone has got behind this project, we really wouldn’t have achieved what we have without the support of our local people, service clubs and businesses. We’ll have the barbecue on, so come and have a snag and a sticky beak,” Ms Koerbin said.
“We have a garden area at the back of the common room that we’d like to develop into a peaceful space where people can wander along a path, or sit and enjoy the restful view. We’ll be using personalised engraved pavers on the path and would love people to consider buying and decorating a paver to lay in the path.
“Around 36 per cent of funding for stage two came from the federal government’s Building Better Regions Fund.
“We also had great support from state government through funding secured by Andrew Constance, and were very fortunate to receive a large grant from Lions International, facilitated by the Lions Club of Bega.
“Our business sponsors included Bega Cheese, Bendigo Bank, Leserbuild, Greg Eastman Electrical and Sapphire Painting.
“We couldn’t have done it without these generous contributions,” Ms Koerbin said.