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Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is assisting Gippsland Rotary Centenary House to identify funding opportunities to add an extra 13 family units to the site.

Rotary Centenary House (RCH) has recently engaged local firm Kingbuilt to prepare detailed designs for stage three.

Mr Chester, a long-standing supporter for Rotary Centenary House, said there were a wide range of federal and state government funding opportunities available in Gippsland for community infrastructure and job creating projects.

Mr Chester said Rotary Centenary House provided a vital accommodation service to patients and their families when undergoing treatment at Latrobe Regional Hospital.

“Rotary Centenary House epitomizes everything that is great about Rotary and our community,” Mr Chester said.

“Selfless volunteers from the local community provide the service for families from outside of their local region who need help and support during a difficult time.

“The house provides affordable accommodation for patients and their families; and also allows provides an opportunity for residents to meet people facing similar challenges and support each other through the journey.”

Latrobe Regional Hospital recently opened new emergency and cardiology operating theatres and wards. The hospital is now preparing a business plan for a further $177 million development.

“Demand at Rotary Centenary House often exceeds capacity and any expansion of the hospital would further increase pressure on Centenary House services,” Mr Chester said.

“Stage three is vital to meet the needs of the Gippsland community into the future.”

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