Glen Winney, of WIN Constructions, at the almost-complete Ka'lang Respite Centre.
Glen Winney, of WIN Constructions, at the almost-complete Ka'lang Respite Centre. Robyne Cuerel

Respite centre for indigenous residents is nearly ready

CONSTRUCTION of the Fraser Coast's new respite centre catering primarily for indigenous residents is almost complete and should be ready to open soon.

The Kal'ang Respite Centre is dedicated to providing care and support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island elders, yet had to operate out of a residential house for years as it waited for its own building in Hervey Bay.

Glen Winney from WIN Constructions announced this building is now finished.

Mr Winney said there were a couple of finishing touches to be done, due to this year's heavy rain, but that all major construction work was complete.

"Rain held it up because the ground is very average and needed it to dry out to get compaction," he said. "Storm water and roadworks will be happening over next couple of weeks."

Delphine Howden, co-ordinator for the respite centre said the funds for the $1.9 million project came from a combination of grants from the federal and state governments through the Home and Community Care Program.

While the Kal'ang Respite Centre primarily caters to indigenous elders, Ms Howden said its doors were open to non-indigenous members of the community in need of care as well.

The new building on Denman's Camp Rd will be a specially designed structure, incorporating elements of local indigenous culture to provide an identifiable hub.



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