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Old Karingal Hostel demolished

The 'old' Karingal Seymour has been demolished after residents were relocated next door to the new Karingal last year.

May 30, 2014 3:53am

The "old" Karingal is demolished.


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Demolition of the old Karingal Hostel building was completed recently, signalling an end to decades of community service.

All 36 residents of the old hostel were relocated next door to the new Karingal Seymour in July 2013.

The purpose-built facility accommodates 60 frail aged residents, many of whom have fond memories of the 1960s-built ‘‘Old’’ Karingal but have settled in well, with much more comfortable amenities.

Plans are in place to build more independent living units on site, and a new 30-bed wing connected to the new facility and broadly covering the footprint of Old Karingal.

Unfortunately the old building required extensive refurbishment works to be functional, with costs in excess of a new construction.

The demolition formed the final stage of the scope of works supported by a Commonwealth Government grant, and the project is now effectively completed.

All connected with Karingal Seymour thank the people of Seymour who dug so deep to support construction and fit-out of this much-needed community owned facility. Karingal Seymour will turn 50 later this year with a range of events to celebrate this significant milestone.

- Judy Dahlke

Karingal Seymour chief executive

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