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Rotary Centenary House will double its capacity when its stage three expansion is completed in April.

Rotary Centenary House is a ‘home away from home’ providing accommodation and support to cancer patients and their families during treatment at Latrobe Regional Hospital.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester secured $900,000 towards the $2.1 million expansion and said works were on track for an April completion.

“The concrete slab has been poured; construction of the framing is underway and brickwork is due to begin next week,” Mr Chester said.

“Once complete, there will be 30 rooms with kitchenettes and ensuites. The expansion also includes a new communal lounge room, laundry and external decked area.”

Mr Chester said the house supported patients from across Gippsland – as well as their families – when undergoing treatment at the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre.

“The house supports guests from right across Gippsland, with many staying up to six weeks during treatment,” Mr Chester said.

“The recent expansion at Latrobe Regional Hospital has led to increased demand for Centenary House.  This upgrade is vital to meet the needs of the Gippsland community now and into the future.

“I commend the hard work of our local Rotarians, who donate so much of their time to supporting others. Without their ongoing commitment to our community, projects like this would not be possible.”

Mr Chester secured $900,000 for the project through the Federal Government’s $20 million Regional Jobs and Investment Package.

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