Construction is underway on a new multi-storey building in Adelaide’s inner south to accommodate thousands of South Australians affected by cancer and their families.
The five-storey development will include communal kitchen facilities, dining spaces, quiet breakout areas, access to on-site social workers, culturally appropriate accommodation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, family rooms, on-site parking and free transport to treatment centres.
It will also serve as the new headquarters for Cancer Council SA.
Construction of the facility is expected to support up to 160 jobs during construction.
South Australian Premier Stephen Marshall helped turn the first sod on construction.
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“This facility will be a home away from home for the thousands of regional South Australians who need to travel to Adelaide for their treatment,” Marshall said.
“We want South Australians to feel comfortable and at ease in a new facility that delivers the support they need while making them feel at home during their challenging time.”
Health and Wellbeing Minister Stephen Wade said the 120-room accommodation will replace Cancer Council SA’s Greenhill Lodge in Eastwood and Flinders Lodge in Kent Town.
“While these facilities have served South Australians well for decades, both are no longer fit-for-purpose, with Greenhill Lodge in particular prone to constant cracking,” Wade said.
“As a result, rooms are in constant need of repair and maintenance which impacts the number of rooms available to those who need them.”
The State Government has contributed $10 million towards the $31 million Cancer Council SA building on Greenhill Road at Eastwood.
Construction is expected to be completed by May 2022.