Opening of Partnership Hub

At 12 noon, Friday, 20 April 2018 the Premier of South Australia, the Hon Steven Marshall MP will officially open the Partnership Hub at The Jamie Larcombe Centre.

An initiative that was developed during the construction of The Jamie Larcombe Centre was what is now known as the Partnership Hub.

The concept was a result of discussions around the closure of the Repatriation General Hospital, the plan to build a replacement for Ward 17 and feedback received from veterans and their families. The overwhelming response from those involved identified that there was a need for a “one stop shop”, a Partnerships Hub, for veterans and families to access services and seek advice and information on support groups.

A sub-committee comprising representatives from various ESO’s, SA Health, the development architect, Defence and the Repat Foundation was established to examine options for the development of the Partnership Hub. Among other topics discussed was the design and layout of the heritage listed building that would be refurbished for this purpose. The building itself was in need of significant rectification and a budget was set aside by the State Government for this purpose based on the outcome of design negotiations.

The building needed to have access for those with injuries and disabilities, be family friendly and have sufficient room to allow a number of visitors at any given time.

It was determined that the Hub should have a full time coordinator in order to ensure consistency, relevance and accuracy of information provided to visitors and the timely and efficient booking of facility spaces such as the meeting rooms.

A governance committee was established to provide direction to the Hub Coordinator and to ensure the veteran community was adequately represented during discussion around the purpose and intent of the facility.

The Hub is a “facility for all, not just a few” and it was with this objective in mind the Hub design was finalised and construction given the green light. The result is a fit for purpose building and will delight all who choose to use it.  With meeting rooms, hot desks, kitchen, and lounge room surrounded by neatly manicured gardens it is a welcoming and peaceful space.

Former ADF member and veteran Justin Brown has been appointed to the role of Hub Coordinator and opened the doors on Tuesday the 3rd of April, with an official opening to take place on Friday, April 20th at 12.00pm.

The Hub will be open from 8.30am to 4.30pm each day with the exception of Tuesday mornings when it will open at 11.00am.

Visits to the Hub and bookings for meeting rooms can be made by emailing JLCPartnershipHub@sa.gov.au or Justin.Brown2@sa.gov.au or by calling Justin on 0418 264 886. Tours of the facility can also be arranged for any individual or group wishing to see what the Hub has to offer.

Veterans SA is looking forward to the next 50 years of service to the South Australian veteran community and we are well placed to provide an excellent service through the Partnerships Hub.

It’s time to start developing what we need for the next 50 years.