After nearly 3 years of false starts and hurdles, work is finally well underway to the grand old heritage building Valmar owns in the mainstreet of Lockhart to bring it up to full operational status.
When Valmar assumed responsibility for Aged, Disabled and Transport services in Lockhart some years back, we were gifted a large, disused and fully gutted heritage building right in the heart of town, and some funds to carry out much needed work on the building. Work was carried out quickly to make the building safe, structurally sound and weather-proof, but that was where things stalled. The builder fell by the wayside, resources and funds needed to be secured, and the NDIS shifted Valmar’s focus away for a while.
However, a few weeks ago work recommenced with the internal fit-out of two thirds of the building, the front façade, the kitchen and the fully accessible toilets all due for completion before December. This will enable the building to house some, or all, of Valmar’s operations in Lockhart, and hopefully enable us to move out of the premises we currently rent.The “new” old building is perfectly located to become a community focus and hub for the services operated by Valmar, and perhaps even more in time!!!
1.A small part of the large and spacious interior of the building
2.Valmar Chairman Roy Humphries (second from left ) with Shire Representative Craig Fletcher ( left ) Valmar Lockhart Staff Jenny Brown, Colleen Healey and Julie Maniscalo and the builder Dan Grentell inspecting the work to date recently.