12 February 2021
Children and the elderly will benefit from the official opening of the $3 million Maranatha House Intergenerational Learning Centre in Wellington.
Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee MP, said the new age-friendly, purpose-built facility would support intergenerational learning and aged care for the Wellington community.
“Wellington’s Maranatha House is the first of its kind in Australia, bringing childcare and aged care together under the same roof,” Mr Gee said.
“The facility, which is home to nearly 80 aged and disability care residents, draws on the latest research from Griffith University's Intergenerational Care Project to promote intergenerational friendships through games, reading and singing.
“The Centre is already creating global interest. This is Wellington and country Australia leading the world. Everyone involved should be very proud.
“You’re never too old or too young to play – learning is a lifelong journey and that is exactly what the Maranatha House is about.
“This state-of-the-art facility will bring joy to people both young and old through learning, with cutting edge technology and awe-inspiring activity spaces, including a 650-square-metre child care centre, yarning room and an outdoor garden.
“Perhaps best of all, this fantastic project has been built by locals, for locals.
“Architect Kirk Gleeson and local builder Matt Redfern, with the support of $1.5 million from the Australian Government, have developed an architectural masterpiece which will benefit the Wellington community for decades to come.
“Maranatha House is paving the way for intergenerational learning in Australia and around the world. Wellington should be very proud!”
The project was jointly funded with the Australian Government and Maranatha House each committing $1.5 million.
The federal contribution was provided under Australian Government’s $1.04 billion Building Better Regions Fund, which aims to create jobs, drive economic growth, and build stronger regional communities into the future.
Funding applications for Round 5 of the highly successful BBRF are currently open. More information is available at www.regional.gov.au/regional/programs/building-better-regions-fund.