The Kew Seniors Centre is ready for its re-opening, thanks to extensive refurbishments completed last month. The City of Boroondara invested $800,000 into the renewal of the Seniors Centre to deliver improved multifunctional spaces for community groups, a refurbished hall, new kitchen and compliant amenities.

Nine local community groups use the centre, including Kew Senior Citizens Club, Kew Home of Chinese, Boroondara Stroke Support Group and Kew Greek Senior Citizens Club. More than 400 people visit and volunteer at the centre on a weekly basis.

Steeped in history, the centre has been operating in one form or another since the early 1950s, when the Kew Elder Citizens’ Association (now the Kew Senior Citizens Club) was established to create social opportunities and provide care for the area’s elderly residents. The centre has been at its current location at 533 High Street since 1970, and managed by City of Boroondara since 2008.

In 1956, the Kew Seniors Club started delivering Meals on Wheels to local members of the community and is still in operation today.

“Kew Seniors Centre has been an important community hub in High Street for more than 45 years. With the recent renovations, it will remain a popular gathering place for many more years to come,” said Cr Phillip Healey, Mayor of Boroondara.

“This centre is built on a long history of volunteerism and community spirit. We are glad it will continue to be a place where our seniors can stay active and socially connected.

According to the latest population estimates, Boroondara is home to more than 27,600 people aged 65 years and older - a figure that is forecast to increase by 41 per cent in the next 20 years.

“The over-65s make up a key segment of our community and Boroondara is committed to supporting their health and well-being,” Cr Healey added. “Investing in the renewal of the   Kew Seniors Centre is a great way of putting this commitment into practice.”

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