$400,000 EXPANSION OF ‘THE HUB’ AT GUYRA POISED TO START

$400,000 EXPANSION OF ‘THE HUB’ AT GUYRA POISED TO START

The Hub at Guyra Office Administrator Sonya Shipman, left, Centre Co-ordinator Chris Hietbrink, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and President Dot Vickery OAM are looking forward to the expansion works getting underway.

Monday, 18 May 2020

NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has today announced Armidale-based modular builder Uniplan has been commissioned to deliver Stage 1 of the updated and expanded ‘The Hub at Guyra’.

Two years ago, Mr Marshall announced a $400,000 State Government grant for Armidale Regional Council to triple the size of the neighbourhood centre, helping to expand its reach to people in need of critical support and advocacy in the Guyra district.

“It’s been a long road to this point for The Hub’s Co-ordinator Chris Hietbrink and her hardworking team, but today I’m pleased to announce Uniplan has been signed-up by council to design and build the new extension,” Mr Marshall said.

“Stage 1 of the project will see three modules added behind the existing building to provide new office space, community meeting rooms, computer area and storeroom. Additional public amenities with disabled access will also be included, with two male and two female toilets and showers.

“Importantly, for the first time, the facility will have a kitchen which will allow the facility to teach life skills programs, like cooking for youth and hospitality courses. It will also make it more attractive as a community meeting space.

“Demolition works at the rear of the building will take place in June with the new modules expected to be delivered to the site and installed in August.

“This Hub is such an important service which connects Guyra’s most vulnerable residents with both government and non-government services.

“I want to thank the community for its patience in waiting for this project to be delivered and I look forward to an official opening in October.”

The Hub at Guyra Co-ordinator Chris Hietbrink said the recent drought and disastrous bushfire season had highlighted how important this extension is to the community.

“For the past two years our facilities have been stretched to the absolute limit, with people wedged into every nook-and-cranny while we provided them with emotional-support and help to apply for government assistance,” Mrs Hietbrink said.

“Under our current footprint, it has not been uncommon for every consultation space to be filled, meaning there is no privacy for those in distress who walk in off the street.

“The additional office spaces in the extension will go some way to helping us create a more empathetic work area.

“I’m also very pleased provisions have been included in the new amenities to allow an accessible adult change facility to be installed in the future.

“Currently there is nothing of this kind between Newcastle and Brisbane, on the New England Highway and I believe Guyra is perfectly situated to offer this service to people in a wheel chair who are having to travel.

“I want the community to know that during construction, The Hub will still be operating from the front of the existing building, and I urge people who need help to still come in.

“We are so close to getting construction underway and I want to thank Adam for everything he has done in supporting us during the process.”

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