CARE THERE: Officially opening the new Gatton Blue Care building are general manager Vicki Plummer, UnitingCare CEO Anne Cross, Blue Care executive director Robyn Batten, mayor Steve Jones and Blue Care community services manager Elaine Horrocks.
CARE THERE: Officially opening the new Gatton Blue Care building are general manager Vicki Plummer, UnitingCare CEO Anne Cross, Blue Care executive director Robyn Batten, mayor Steve Jones and Blue Care community services manager Elaine Horrocks. Derek Barry

Blue Care Gatton launches new premises

A BUILDING 10 years in the making has rejuvenated Blue Care in the Lockyer region.

Clients, staff and invited guests celebrated the official opening of Blue Care Lockyer Community and Respite Care with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 8 Dawson Dr on Wednesday.

The new $3.6 million centre comprises secure areas to provide community-based rehabilitation services to clients living with dementia and also has training rooms for staff and volunteers, which can be booked by community groups.

The state of the art building also has environmentally friendly features such as sensor lighting and energy efficient cooling and heating.

Service manager Elaine Horrocks said the centre was proof of the strong and prosperous relationship between Blue Care and the Lockyer community.

"I'm proud to be part of this wonderful community, which supported the centre's development for many years through fundraising events and bequests," Ms Horrocks said.

"The community worked so hard knowing what difference the new centre will make to clients, carers, staff and volunteers."

Ms Horrocks said Blue Care had delivered community services in Gatton since 1970.

"After outgrowing our old leased space at North St, I'm very happy about our new centre," she said.

"These are exciting times, as the new centre allows us to provide improved respite services, including new client-focused activities to build on or regain important lifestyle skills."

Blue Care executive director Robyn Batten said the centre was the combined result of Blue Care and the Lockyer community.

"The building is made possible with thanks to the community through fundraising activities, donations and generous bequests, and financing from Blue Care and the Queensland Department of Communities," Ms Batten said.

"At this new centre, we look forward to continuing to assist people with tailor made services that maintain their independence and quality of life."


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