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Stage two works completed at centenary house

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January 5, 2012

Gippsland Rotary Centenary House is now twice the size after work was recently completed on the $2.4 million Stage Two upgrade of the valuable community facility which provides services to cancer sufferers from across the region.

The development has seen an additional nine units for patients along with a new bathroom and laundry facilities, outdoor areas and community meeting room.

Long time supporters of Centenary House and local MPs Darren Chester and Russell Northe have inspected the completed facility with Gippsland Rotary Centenary House Chairman Ken Peake and committee members Mike Answerth and Dave Swainsbury.

Mr Chester, who lobbied the Federal Government to secure the $1.5 million in funding that has helped support the expansion, has commended everyone involved in the Stage Two project.

“Centenary House may be based in the Latrobe Valley but it provides a service for cancer sufferers from East Gippsland, South Gippsland and West Gippsland,” Mr Chester said.

“It provides a home away from home at a very affordable price for people during a vulnerable time in their lives.

“Studies show people are less likely to seek treatment if they need to travel to Melbourne and having such a facility locally keeps patients and families closer to home.

“Many people from across Gippsland who have stayed at Centenary House have told me how reassuring it is to know that they can receive quality treatment, care and accommodation without having to undergo extensive travel.

“The facility’s quality reputation and ongoing success are a tribute to the committee and staff. All Rotarians across Gippsland deserve to be commended for their terrific fundraising efforts to help develop this facility.”

Mr Northe said the entire Gippsland community would benefit from the completion of Stage Two works.

He said the Victorian Coalition Government recently provided $50,000 to support landscaping works and provide pathways between the facility and Latrobe Regional Hospital.

“It was apparent soon after opening the house that more space would be needed to meet demand and it is great to see Stage Two complete,” Mr Northe said.

“The Gippsland Rotary Centenary House project is the result of hard work and generosity from the local community and it has been fantastic to witness the evolution of the project.

“The expansion of the facility will benefit more patients undergoing cancer treatment at Latrobe Regional Hospital and Gippsland Cancer Care Centre.”