$50m Marymead facilities opened
Marymead’s redeveloped Narrabundah site was officially opened last weekend after a delay due to the pandemic.
“It was fantastic to finally open the new $50 million purpose-built facilities at Marymead Narrabundah for children, young people, families and seniors in our ACT and NSW regional community,” Marymead CEO Camilla Rowland said.
For more than 50 years, Marymead has been a main provider of emergency and short-term accommodation for children and families in need in Canberra and regional NSW.
The redeveloped Narrabundah site includes the new Deane Building, Coral’s Cottage and Kennedy Centre all named after long-term supporters of Marymead.
The Deane building is Marymead’s main building and features counselling rooms, family contact spaces and training and education facilities to support programs and services.
Coral’s Cottage is a fully adaptable six-bedroom home for children, young people and their families of all abilities. The Azure Village (Kennedy Centre) holds 84 independent living units for those aged over 55.
“The official opening was a great opportunity to acknowledge and name key buildings after three of our key supporters, Robert Kennedy, Coral Henderson and Lady Helen Deane who between them have provided over 50 years of support,” Camilla said.
“We also want to thank the many people who continue to support Marymead while showcasing the important work Marymead does to empower children, young people and their families to thrive.”
Archbishop Christopher Prowse blessed the redeveloped site.
“The Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn is delighted to walk with you on the important road ahead helping those that are vulnerable in our community,” he said.
ACT Minister for Families and Community Services Rachel Stephen-Smith officially opened the site and Ngambri custodian Paul House performed the smoking ceremony and welcome to country.