Gippsland Asbestos Related Diseases Support Inc. (GARDS) now has a new home to continue doing their important work supporting Latrobe Valley workers and their family members.
The facility was officially opened today in Moe, following a refurbishment project supported by a $79,848 grant from the Latrobe Valley Authority’s Community and Facility Fund.
GARDS has been operating since 1991 to support asbestos sufferers in Gippsland and throughout Victoria. It is the largest asbestos support and advocacy group in the state.
The organisation made the move from its existing premises in Newborough after a rent increase meant the facility was no longer viable for the not-for-profit.
The refurbishment project has created a fit-for-purpose home for employees, volunteers and members, with the new facility providing a stable, long-term home for the organisation and its 200 members.
Upgrades to the building included heating and cooling upgrades, electrical and plumbing works, solar power, new floor and window coverings, computer hardware and software, painting, installation of security doors and a video security system.
More than a dozen local contractors and suppliers were used during the refurbishment project, including Latrobe Valley Joinery, Jarrod Ryan Painting, Francis Plumbing & Gas Fitting, Latrobe Valley Shopfitters and Valley Computer Solutions.
The Community and Facility Fund has now supported almost 170 community projects for over $15 million across the Latrobe Valley.