AFTER months of hard work and exciting developments, the major renovations taking place at Currawarna Hostel for the Aged have now been completed. Much to the delight of the Currawarna community, the demolition and construction work first undertaken by Unity Builders in February of this year have been concluded right on schedule.
Local contractors were used where possible throughout the refurbishment, and any old equipment that could be salvaged was donated to local community groups. And we’re not talking about a small revamp here; over the past six months the hostel has undergone some major changes in this stage of Southern Cross Care’s planned redevelopment for the facility.
First of all much of the old interior was stripped, with the wing near the Bombala Public School and half of the wing opposite the new hostel building being demolished. Large changes were made to the old kitchen and dining area, with the dining room continuing as a much improved activities room, complete with an activities office where the old front office was located.
The former kitchen area has been transformed into a kitchenette, and now a chapel, a hairdressers and a small shop have all been integrated into this revamped space.
Three new rooms for residents have been created, and new offices for staff have been built, with only some minor finishing touches to be completed before these can be utilised.
Southern Cross Care will host a formal opening of the recently completed areas later in the month, but for now Currawarna staff, residents, board and families are extremely pleased with the completion of this stage of the renovations.