Seniors in Brisbane’s eastern suburbs will be able to lead more independent lives thanks to a project to fit out and equip a modern commercial kitchen for the local Meals on Wheels branch.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Liberal and Nationals’ Government has committed $300,000 to make the project a reality.

“By investing in community infrastructure projects such as this one, we’re helping to support those in our community who are most in need, while also giving the local economy a welcome boost with this project expected to create dozens of construction jobs,” Mr McCormack said.
“Supporting vital community services like Meals on Wheels is just one example of how our regional development grants invest in the wellbeing of regional Australians.”

Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta, who turned the first sod on the project today, said the new kitchen will be a game changer for Wynnum and Manly locals, who have raised $2.8 million towards the project.
“By providing a fully-equipped commercial kitchen we’re enabling the local Meals on Wheels chapter to prepare meals to their usual high standards,” Mr Vasta said.

“This investment will also support a wide range of community events and activities, as it includes a community meeting room, available on a user pays basis for a range of local groups and associations.”

The Liberal and Nationals’ Government is investing $300,000 in the project in addition to community contributions totalling $2.8 million.