Keilor commits to the Community Hub for Holloway Aged Care


Leon Llewi, Rotary Club of Keilor

The Holloway Community Hub opened on November 17th after almost 2 years of planning, construction, labour and goodwill by the members of the Rotary Club of Keilor.

Rotary’s involvement with Holloway Aged Care goes back many years and we were pleased to add that the good relationship continues and that with an arrangement recently put in place our working together should continue well into the future.

In 2016 the Rotary Club of Keilor, with the assistance of a small Australian Government Communities Grant, accepted the challenge of converting this, then small, cold “colorbond shed” into a high quality and fully functional Community Hub for the residents of both Holloway and the wider community.

What has been achieved over the past twenty months is a high quality, air conditioned Community Hub, considerably larger than initially planned with a fully integrated and fitted-out disabled toilet, an Integrated and fitted-out kitchenette, a hot water service, a high quality acoustic suspended ceiling, and with the north, south and west walls  of the building fully fire rated, internally and externally.

The project was completed in August 2017 and was one that was the subject of Grant monies, generous material donations and discounts, the Rotary SuperSwim monies as well as in excess of 300+ construction hours volunteered by Rotary Members.

The Club thanked those who, without whose support and funding, this project would not have started and/or been as successful as it was, including:

  • The office of Mr Bill Shorten for its support of our Stronger Communities Grant Application .
  • Kevin from Madex Plaster Linings who were extremely generous with the many materials donated to the project
  • Harold Simpson – Builder who was most generous with his time, building expertise and materials
  • Simon from Astute Plumbing who was very generous with his plumbing expertise and time and also for their concreting skills that allowed the path to the Hub to be completed
  • Reece Plumbing who were very generous with their discounting of the plumbing materials supplied by them.
  • To our Rotarian member Paul Ryan who kindly made and donated the two plaques which were unveiled and which we encourage you to read – thank you Paul, and lastly
  • To those Rotary Club members who volunteered the 300+ construction hours to nail, screw, sand, paint, dig and insulate etc.
  • At the end of meeting John Dean formally opened the Community Hub and invited Tracey Parry , Holloway's newly appointed Community Hub Coordinator to assist him

Tracey is shown thanking John Dean after removing the cover over the plaques which featured the sponsors.


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