Salvos ready to start

Ready to build: GippsCare regional manager Celia Irwin, Salvation Army manager for building and facilities Kelvin Bates, Captain Martyn Scrimshaw from the Leongatha Salvation Army, Considine and Johnston project manager Gary Bullen and Salvation Army division secretary for eastern Victoria, Major Leanne Ruthven.

CONSTRUCTION on the new $3.4 million Salvation Army/Gippscare complex in Leongatha will commence in the next two weeks.

Local builder Considine and Johnston signed the contracts with the Salvation Army last week, sealing the tender for the project.

Captain Martyn Scrimshaw said the building will house both the church and GippsCare.

“It’s been finalised in the last few days and we’re looking forward to working with a local builder,” he said.

Mr Scrimshaw said the building would hopefully be completed by the end of the year and he was excited to see it finally become a reality.

“So are the staff that are squashed into a little office building down the end of McCartin Street,” he said.

“They’ll be a bit more excited when they see something on site.”

Project manager from Considine and Johnston, Gary Bullen, said they are also excited to be taking on the project, which he said would be important to the people of South Gippsland.

“You see the amount of people in and out of the Salvation Army, and it’s going to be a large benefit for them,” he said.

At the moment, the church and Salvation Army offices are in Anderson Street and Gippscare is in McCartin Street, with both buildings old and lacking in space.

The complex has been in the planning for a number of years now.

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