Catering to the needs of a growing population and diversity of community organisations Juniper Chief Executive Vaughan Harding says the the new multi-purpose building, named after the Western Australian female pioneer of community service, is part of the provider’s broader plans in the Great Southern region that will see the creation of a major new service hub for the community and older residents.
“The Beryl Grant Community Centre is a place where people can meet and where families can gather and there are openings for local groups who are invited to take up space to offer their services from the Centre,” he says.
“With this new centre we aim to provide a high quality, thriving and welcoming community space, providing the local area with access to a vast range of activities, services and programs.
“The opening of the centre is the first stage of Juniper’s long-term vision for the Lockyer site which includes a new 100 bed residential aged care facility, to meet the growing demand in the Greater Southern.”
Features of the the Community Centre include multi-purpose function rooms, a workshop space, a café, kitchen facilities and a barbecue area. The facility will also provide office accommodation for sister Uniting Church agency, UnitingCare West.
Additional proposed plans for the site include the creation of more retirement living units and the development of other health and community services to be created in collaboration with other partner organisations.