March 17, 2014
Residents are set to move into Mirridong’s new shared house and independent living units by the end of this week.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester called in today for an early inspection ahead of Thursday’s official opening. He commended Mirridong’s board and staff for their dedication and foresight.
“Mirridong has built a large shared home, which will provide 24 hour care to accommodate up to six clients with higher needs,” Mr Chester said.
“There are also two separate independent living units, each two-bedrooms, for residents who can live independently with just a little supervision.
“These units are located next to the larger home and also next to Mirridong’s day centre so there will be help available as needed – but those living in the units will be essentially independent.”
Mr Chester said the new units and shared home were a testament to the foresight and dedication of Mirridong’s volunteer board.
“This $1 million development is the result of years of financial management by the board and staff to develop a facility that is second to none,” he said.
Chief Executive Officer Guy Webb commended local builder Darren Young and all the Yarram district tradesmen who had built the accommodation.
“They have pride in their work, and they are doing this for their community,” Mr Webb said.
“All of the work – the kitchens, the painting, the tiles and curtains – we’ve sourced everything we could locally and used Yarram tradesmen throughout and the results speak for themselves.”
Mirridong has five clients ready to move into the supervised home on Friday. Likewise, it will be moving day for four Mirridong clients who are excited about moving into the independent living units.
“They are excited, they can’t wait,” Mr Webb said.
“This will be really great for the four people moving into the independent living units, to be able to live independently and for their families to know there is help and support all around them.”
Mr Webb said there were plans to continue to build units as finances were sourced, with plans to build two more two-bedroom units and two three-bedroom units at Scammell Park.