Purpose built healthy living centre for ageing community in Norlane

Media Release

FN043/2016

10 August 2016

Joint release with:

Robin Scott

Victorian Minister for Multicultural Affairs
Victorian Minister for Finance

Sarah Henderson

Federal Member for Corangamite

John Eren

Statem Member for Lara

The first sod has been turned to officially mark the commencement of the Norlane Healthy Living Centre in Geelong, Victoria.

Minister for Regional Development, Fiona Nash, said the new aged care facility will deliver more support programs for people aged over 65 from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

“The Centre is another great example of the Coalition Government investing in social infrastructure projects that support the health and wellbeing of regional Victorian communities,” Minister Nash said.

“The Coalition is committed to promoting inclusive growth in Geelong and across all of Victoria's regions and is pleased to be able to deliver the Norlane Healthy Living Centre which was identified as a priority infrastructure project by the local community.”

Victorian Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott said the project would provide 24 new jobs during the construction phase and the Centre would employ 16 staff.

“The Centre will be managed by Diversitat who specialise in providing a wide range of services that support the multicultural communities and disadvantaged in the region,” Mr Scott said.

“The Victorian Government is thrilled to partner with Diversitat, who offer important services across this wide geographic and culturally diverse region.”

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson who was on site to turn the first sod today said the Centre would provide the elderly community with a sense of belonging through socialisation and learning opportunities.

“People will have the opportunity to interact in a safe and relaxed atmosphere; carers and family members are encouraged to get involved in the interesting range of activities, too,” Ms Henderson said.

“Activities are aimed at promoting independence and will include craft, games, outings, exercise and mental stimulation through educational sessions.”

Member for Lara John Eren said the Norlane Healthy Living Centre would give the elderly community the support programs they need on their own doorstep.

“The Norlane Healthy Living Centre will give our older members of the community the support and the services they deserve, and closer to home.”

“The Centre will provide jobs for locals, both during construction and once it's up and running.”

The $2.16 million project is being jointly funded by the Australian Government ($1 million), the Victorian Government ($700,000), Diversitat ($301,000) the Dawn Wade Foundation ($30,000), Percy Baxter Trust ($100,000) and the Geelong Community Foundation ($35,000).

The project is expected to be completed in July 2017.