Community members needing emergency accommodation will soon be able to stay in Gumtree Cottage, a former staff accommodation building in the Braidwood Health Service, following its donation to Braidwood Life Centre.
The main works contractor for the Braidwood Multipurpose Service (MPS) Redevelopment, Richard Crookes Constructions (RCC), has donated Gumtree Cottage to the local not-for-profit centre, which provides emergency accommodation for local families and individuals.
Braidwood Health Service Manager Patricia Hemler said Southern NSW Local Health District is delighted to see Gumtree Cottage repurposed to help community members in need.
“We are so grateful for the opportunity to repurpose the building for the Braidwood community as it has played such an important role in the local health service. While we no longer need the cottage, it’s great to see it being used for such a worthwhile cause,” Ms Hemler said.
RCC Project Manager David Archbold, said Richard Crookes Constructions actively seeks to help the local communities they work in and were very happy the Braidwood Life Centre reached out to the team to see if they could use Gumtree Cottage.
“With each project we also aim to help local charities or community groups, so we were very thankful for the opportunity to provide Gumtree Cottage as a donation and to help relocate it to the Braidwood Anglican Church grounds,” Mr Archibald said.
“A lot of time and effort has gone into moving the building, with the team sourcing the original drawings from the manufacturer in order to successfully relocate it to the new site.”
The Braidwood MPS Redevelopment and RCC would like to extend a special thank you to Canberra based RAR Group for donating a mobile crane and transporting each demountable to their new home, and to the Braidwood Life Centre for their forward thinking.
The redevelopment of the Braidwood MPS is part of the NSW Government’s $304 million statewide program of works to upgrade facilities in rural and remote areas.
The new Braidwood MPS will include in-patient rooms, increased residential aged care beds with activity, lounge and dining facilities, an emergency department and new staff accommodation, all in a new purpose-built facility.