Cooma Lions Club has begun work on the upgrade of the kitchen in the hospital's nurses quarters which is one of the club's major projects for 2013-4. The kitchen is used by visiting medical staff, families of patients and occasionally by patients.
Eight Lions Club members and builder Chris Johnson commenced work on the project by demolishing an existing divider wall and constructing a new structural supporting beam.
The project has been the subject of significant planning and cooperation between the Lions Club, the Hospital and the NSW Government Office of Communities. The work is now underway because of a Community Building Partnership Grant from the NSW government which was supported by local Member John Barilaro.
The grant is funding materials and equipment, and limited inputs from local tradesmen. Cooma Lions are providing the labour and the exercise is being project managed by Chris Reeks with John Britton acting as builder.
The project which is scheduled to be completed by March includes demolishing the existing divider wall (complete), replacement and upgrade of the existing kitchen cabinets and fittings, and an electrical and plumbing upgrade. It is a successor to a previous Cooma Hospital project which was the upgrade of the old "Matrons Flat" which was completed in 2012.