What’s our Lifeline boss so happy about?
LIFELINE in Toowoomba has been given a makeover and staff are getting ready to move into new premises. General manager Derek Tuffield, who has dedicated his life to the organisation for the past 25 years, said the Mill St and Taylor St doors would close today to prepare for the move across town. He said the
organisation would be closed for the rest of the week and doors at the new premises would open on Monday.
Lifeline purchased the old National Australia Bank building on the corner of Ruthven and Russell Sts in April and FK Gardner and Sons Group has been working extra hard to completely renovate the building.
Architect Stephanie Keays said it had been a big job but she was happy with the end result.
Mr Tuffield said the new three-storey building had a new set-up for counsellors.
“In the past, our counsellors have had their own offices,” he said.
“It’s a bit different now. The counsellors will all sit together and book rooms for their clients.” He said the new system would allow up to 50 appointments a day. Mr Tuffield said the move to the bigger and better building would set the business up for the next 25 years. “People will be able to come to us because they’ll know where we are,” he said. “It shows value in our staff too and without them we can’t supply good services.”