Staff Susan Knight, Del Howden and Leanne Watters are looking forward to the Kal'ang Respite Care Centre opening on July 9.
Staff Susan Knight, Del Howden and Leanne Watters are looking forward to the Kal'ang Respite Care Centre opening on July 9. Jenny Munroe

Kal'ang Respite Care Centre will open on July 9

IF YOU'VE driven down Denmans Camp Rd past Colyton St in the past 12 months, you will have noticed an impressive building going up.

It's the Kal'ang Respite Care Centre, which will provide services primarily for elderly indigenous residents.

The name Kal'ang means "resting place for elders".

The construction of the site has given full-time employment to two indigenous trade assistants as well as a landscaping crew of eight.

They are now applying the final touches to the grounds before the centre is officially opened on July 9.

Project manager Joanne Lambden said the centre would help address the low indigenous life expectancy.

"It's all about closing the gap and encouraging indigenous people to look after their health," she said.

Centre co-ordinator Del Howden said the centre would help promote independence and provide basic homecare support for indigenous elders.

"We want to promote a positive ageing place and for our elders to have ownership of it," she said.

"It helps them engage with the community - it helps them know what's going on in the community and also what's available to them.

"In our culture our elders have been there for us.

"It really fits in to our cultural beliefs of looking after our elders as they have done for us."

While Kal'ang 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 organisation has been operating out of a residential house as it awaits its own building in Hervey Bay.

Anyone in the community, as well as other service providers, is welcome to attend the official opening.

RSVP by phoning 4124 7780 by July 2 for catering purposes.



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