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The new-look Newman Day Centre officially re-opened its doors on Tuesday 10 October, with a crowd of 70 people gathering to celebrate the completion of the major refurbishment.
The six-month project brought the previously run-down Newman Day Centre in line with industry building standards, while also providing a fresh, modern space for clients and staff.
Managed by East Pilbara Independence Support (EPIS), the Newman Day Centre provides a range of health and wellbeing services to frail, elderly and disabled people in the East Pilbara. Its support service enables its clients, most of whom are from Western Desert communities, to continue to live at home and on-country.
EPIS Chief Executive Officer Deb Stockton said the completion of the refurbishment was a significant milestone for the organisation.
“The completion of this project places us in a strong position to continue to provide critical health support services to the most vulnerable in our community,” Ms Stockton said.
“I’d like to acknowledge our funding partners and contractors for their support and commitment to making this project a reality.”
The refurbished Newman Day Centre includes expanded kitchen and laundry facilities, additional ablution facilities, a new personal care room and covered veranda, as well as electrical, plumbing and air conditioning upgrades.
Pilbara Development Commission Project Officer Cassie Baldock said the new Newman Day Centre would enable EPIS to continue to provide important services to East Pilbara residents.
“You only have to compare the before and after photos to appreciate the significance of this refurbishment; there is now space for clients to rest in comfort, access health and personal care, and participate in activities,” Ms Baldock said.
“The Commission recognises the importance of ensuring residents in all corners of the region have access to appropriate healthcare without the need to travel to major urban areas.”
The Newman Day Centre refurbishment coincided with the completion of the administration centre, and both facilities are now co-located at the Le Tutt Drive premises in Newman. The projects were supported with $296,107 from the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program through the Pilbara Development Commission, $77,346 from EPIS, $70,000 from Lotterywest, and $44,193 from the Department of Health.
The opening was attended by Shire President Lynne Craigie, EPIS Board Chairperson Megan Alchin, CEO Deb Stockton, and Pilbara Development Commission Project Officer Cassie Baldock, along with a number of community members and EPIS clients and staff.
The re-opening of the Newman Day Centre follows the opening of a new 10-bed respite centre in the Aboriginal community of Jigalong earlier this year.