Rotary House chairman Andrew Suggett hopes the existing building (behind) can be relocated soon to allow work to start on the accommodation project. 120228AS41 Picture: AARON SAWALLTHE dream of a dedicated accommodation facility for people with relatives in either of Warrnambool’s hospitals is close to becoming a reality.
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Work on the $1.45 million Rotary House complex on Timor Street is expected to begin by the end of May, and committee members hope building will be completed by year’s end.

“The wheels are in motion,” Rotary House chairman Andrew Suggett told The Standard.

Rotary House will be built on the former Marion Shrader Centre site, diagonally opposite South West Healthcare.

Mr Suggett said it was hoped the vacant building currently on the site could be reused elsewhere so construction could begin.

“We will have a tender out for relocation of the current building soon.

“There has been some interest in it already so we are hopeful it won’t have to be demolished,” he said.

He said the site would contain 12 accommodation units for the use of people from the wider Western District when a loved one was undergoing treatment in either of Warrnambool’s hospitals.

Mr Suggett said $1.3 million had been raised so far, including a $500,000 federal government grant and in-kind donations, with about $200,000 still to be raised.

“I’m confident that once people start to see something happening on the site they will be even more forthcoming than they already have been.

“There is something about Warrnambool and district people, whenever there is an appeal or collection, they always come through. It’s great to see that community spirit is still alive and well.”

Mr Suggett said support from Rotary clubs from the surrounding area had been strong,

“Clubs like Mortlake, Terang, Port Fairy and Camperdown have been fantastic supporters of the project, which is great, because people from those areas will be the ones making use of the house.

“It’s been a long process, there have been some highs and lows, but I’ve been very lucky to be chairman of such a worthy cause.

“Rotary House will be an asset for the community for years to come,” Mr Suggett said.

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