On Saturday, 31 August the Presbyterian Church of Australia and Presbyterian Aged Care (PAC) celebrated the official opening of The Terraces Paddington, a new $180 million over 55’s community located at the former Scottish Hospital site on Brown Street in Sydney’s Paddington. The event was a huge success with well over 250 visitors turning up, including many Paddington residents.
Reverend Kamal Weerakoon of the Presbyterian Church blessed the new complex, and Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley, AO, QC Governor of NSW unveiled the official plaque. Dave Sharma, Federal Member of Parliament for Wentworth, gave a speech on behalf of the Honourable Senator Richard Colbeck, MP, Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians. The Mayor of Woollahra Council, Peter Cavanagh was also present at the ceremony.
Afterwards invited guests were given a tour of the new facility by John Ishak, Executive Manager – Development, Presbyterian Church of Australia and Paul Sadler, CEO, Presbyterian Aged Care.
The official opening of The Terraces celebrates the largest construction and refurbishment project ever undertaken by Presbyterian Aged Care.
The Terraces includes a 100-bed residential aged care facility as well as a 23-bed dementia unit. There are also 70 over 55’s elegant independent living units. The heritage-listed Scottish Hospital, which was a functioning hospital from 1902 to the late 1990s, has also been converted into 9 house-size retirement apartments. The complex also features a resident cinema, on-site café, swimming pool and gym and landscaped parks and gardens.
Visitors were welcomed from 11am. After the official speeches, the festivities began. There was a taco truck, pizza stand and sausage sizzle on the Village Barbeque for guests to enjoy.
Heritage tours also took place with actors dressed in period costume taking visitors on tours of the site. Entertainment was also provided for children including bubbles, face painting and balloons.
PAC retirement living, residential aged care and home care professionals were on hand to talk to people and provide valuable information about aged care, home care and independent retirement living options available at the Terraces and other PAC locations.
“We are thrilled that The Terraces Paddington has now been officially declared open by Her Excellency, the Honourable Margaret Beazley”, said Paul Sadler, PAC CEO. “This is the most ambitious project yet undertaken by Presbyterian Aged Care and it marks an exciting step in the evolution of the services we provide to older Australians.”
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A ministry of the Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Aged Care (PAC) exists to provide care and accommodation for older people, with a commitment to excellence inspired by the life and teachings of Jesus. It operates 9 aged care homes and 14 retirement villages in NSW and the ACT, as well as providing home care services.