BALLARAT Health Services’ sacred space is a step closer, with the pre-fabricated building now being constructed on-site.
SJ Weir foreman Bassie Steenhuis said the steel walls, beams and columns had been made at the firm’s Ballarat workshop and were being sent to the construction zone.
BHS pastoral care co-ordinator Jo Niedra said the space would be a quiet place for reflection.
“It’s for patients, family and staff (to) get away from the busyness of the ward,” Ms Niedra said.
She said it would include a reflective garden, a Muslim prayer room, two offices and a multi-faith sacred space/chapel.
“Ballarat will become more multi-cultural and more multi-faith,”she said. “I want it to be seen as multi-faith and inclusive of everybody.”
A commissioning service will include an Aboriginal elder, a Buddhist monk, Ballarat’s two bishops and a member of the Jewish faith.
The building is expected to be finished by late December.