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STAFF and volunteers at Leon-
gatha Community House are de-
lighted with their new kitchen, in-
stalled in the past couple of weeks.
The $8000 upgrade, funded by
the South Gippsland Shire Coun-
cil, has been a long time com-
ing, according to the community
house’s committee president Pat
Dale, who says the original kitchen
dated back to the 1950s or 60s.
“It had been left behind,” Pat said.
“I t needed a complete replace-
ment. The original kitchen was just
one sink, which was dreadful, and
a couple of standalone cupboards.
“Things had been patched up
over the years but it was not up
to standard. There was very little
bench space for food preparation
and the stove didn’t even have an
exhaust fan. ”
The committee had been saving
money for the refurbishment for
the past two years, but after seek-
ing advice from the health inspec-
tor, they were able to convince the
council to fund half the project.
Pat said the committee was told
a new, commercial grade vinyl
floor covering “didn’t fit within the
[council’s] budget” but neverthe -
less, they’re “very grateful” for what
the council has delivered.
“We got a lot more than we ex-
pected. And we didn’t get a lot of
opposition from them. We were
thinking we’d have to pay for the
whole kitchen ourselves - it just
had to be done - but we’d have been
struggling to pay for the kitchen
and the flooring, ” she said.
Pat says the modern, safe, hygien-
ic and spacious food preparation
facilities will allow the community
house to expand its already large
offering of educational activities,
with hopes to run some small cook-
ing classes in the future.
“I t would be wonderful to be able
to offer classes teaching older peo -
ple or unemployed people how to
prepare simple, affordable meals.
“We’ve never been able to provide
that sort of thing and this has real-
ly opened it up. There will be lots of
new uses for the kitchen now that
it’s up to standard, ” she said.
The many groups that already use
the house, including two Probus
clubs and the dozens of people who
attend classes there each semester,
will also benefit from the improve-
ments, which include a double sink
for dishwashing, as well as a dedi-
cated handwashing sink, ample
bench space, lockable cupboards
for safe storage of chemicals, and
a new stove (with an exhaust fan).
“It is a budget kitchen but it’s
much more suitable in terms of ca-
tering for large groups, ” Pat said.
The kitchen and flooring are ex-
pected to be finished this week,
and the committee will soon apply
for a non-council grant to purchase
a second, larger refrigerator, with
plans for the community house to
host an Australia’s Biggest Morning
Tea to raise funds for the Cancer
Council in June.
OPAL Aged Care Seahaven in In-
verloch recently held a Community
Dinner at the facility to invite locals
to attend and experience the beautiful
food prepared on site by our fantastic
chefs and their team.
It was also an opportunity to also
see the finished product after months
of renovations that are now complete.
And it was a great opportunity for the
local community to meet with the Facil-
ity Manager, Dilup Athukoralage, who
is leading the team at Opal Seahaven
with his vibrant and positive nature.
A fun evening was had by all who
attended including residents and
families of Opal, the Inverloch Men’s
Shed, community groups and local
providers who work closely with the
residents and staff at Seahaven.
Live music was played while our
guests enjoyed a three-course meal,
which is part of the regular Opal
menu provided to our residents.
Opal Seahaven will be looking to
make our Community Dinner a regu-
lar event to keep the community up
to date with the events and activities
within the home. For information or
enquiries please phone 5674 1700.
New look Opal Inverloch opens doors
Among those members of the Opal Aged Care Seahaven Inverloch team who put on the
Community Dinner were, from left Sue Thorn receptionist, Dilup Athukoralage Facility Man-
ager, Steve Smith Clinical Manager, Leanne Felstead Regional Admissions Manager, Emily
Petersen GSO, Alice Jobling Chef, Lisa Jenkins GSO, Marg Mitchelmore Administration Of-
ficer and Diogo Rocha Executive Chef.
Opal Aged Care Seahaven Inverloch Facility Manager Dilup Athukoralage chats with resi-
dent Lorna Donohue and her daughter Michelle at the recent Community Dinner.
Leongatha Community House coordinator Eunice Donovan, and committee members Linda James (secre-
tary), Antoinette Daniel and Pat Dale (president) are excited to use the Community House’s new kitchen, which
was recently refurbished for the first time in more than 35 years. kg021718
Overdue upgrade to Community House
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