Ballarat Hospice Care steps up plans for modern, lotus-style build

Ballarat Hospice Care executive officer Carita Clancy with Resicare project manager Matt Huf and Hospice management committee chairman Geoff Russell.
Ballarat Hospice Care executive officer Carita Clancy with Resicare project manager Matt Huf and Hospice management committee chairman Geoff Russell.

A LOTUS-style design will be the new look for the multi-million dollar palliative care hub to be built in Lucas.

Ballarat Hospice Care is one building block closer to developing its much-needed purpose-built facility for the region, signing on Ballarat’s Resicare for construction.

The design, created by Morton Dunn Architects, aims to reflect Hospice’s principles of privacy and confidentiality. It will also provide for quiet, reflective spaces, areas for children and a range of counselling, training and interview rooms.

Hospice’s new base comes after raising more than $1 million for the move through the Give to Help Hospice Grown campaign, which launched in early 2016.

The state government granted a further $6.2 million for the build in September to help better meet rapidly rising community need.

Listen to Regional Development Minister Jaala Pulford’s emotional speech from September below

Ballarat Hospice Care management committee chairman Geoff Russell and executive officer Carita Clancy said to award a construction tender was the next exciting milestone.

“We are very excited about the future of (Hospice) in our new purpose-built facility, which has also been uniquely designed with a lotus-style look which reflects our values of loyalty, honesty, kindness, respect, trust, skill and willingness in a reflective and inviting atmosphere,” Mr Russell said.

Hospice staff and volunteers have long outgrown their Drummond Street offices. Demand for Hospice services in Ballarat rose almost 20 per cent in the past financial year. Ms Clancy said the new facility was vital to help people live well, at home when possible, until the end of their life.

“Our plan is to become the regional palliative care hub where our community are able to access the very best in end-of-life care and services,” Ms Clancy said. 

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