THE Hilltop Patient Accommodation Centre will be extended as part of a $3.4 million proposal submitted to Albury Council for approval.
A further 10 rooms, providing an additional 3600 nights’ accommodation for families accessing treatment at the nearby Albury-Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre.
Another 10 rooms taking the total to 40 on the site is planned in a future stage.
The extension will be on the southern side of the existing building towards bushland on Eastern Hill and be accessed from Keene Street.
The facility, which opened in 2013, is operated by the Fight Cancer Foundation.
“Stage two of Hilltop Patient Accommodation Centre builds on the strong partnership between Fight Cancer Foundation and Lions District 201V6, the Rotary Club of Albury North and Zonta Club of Albury-Wodonga to create more much needed comfortable and affordable patient accommodation for families in the region,” foundation managing director Eric Wright said.
“The additional 10 rooms will mean that each year Hilltop will be able to provide almost 11,000 total nights’ accommodation to patients, their families and carers who must travel to receive treatment at the Albury-Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre.
“The community has supported Hilltop since it began.
“We look forward to sharing more about the project and the difference it will make to families fighting against cancer.”
The additional rooms all have ensuites and support facilities including two guest laundries, gym, quiet room, lift, stairs and cleaners' store are also proposed.
An additional 21 car parks will need to be created.
The initial build cost $5.5 million with $3.2 million raised in the public appeal spearheaded by the service clubs.
Details of a public appeal for the extension will be announced later this year.
Rotarian Peter Drummond was involved in the initial fundraising effort and confirmed another appeal was needed.
“We haven’t been told how much we need to raise as yet,” he said.
“We are expecting to get some government funds and once we know that we can let the public know how much we need to raise.”
The development application was submitted last week and will be presented to council for approval due to its value being more than $500,000.
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