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New Endeavour learning hub a big step up

NEW CENTRE: Endeavour Foundation CEO David Barbagallo opens Gladstone's new learning and lifestyle hub with the help of patron Peter Hooper.
NEW CENTRE: Endeavour Foundation CEO David Barbagallo opens Gladstone's new learning and lifestyle hub with the help of patron Peter Hooper. Paul Braven

IT'S been 25 years in the making, but today Endeavour opened its first contemporary learning and lifestyle hub in Gladstone.

People with a disability now have a greater opportunity for hands-on learning and development, with the benefit of adequate space and digital learning tools such as iPads and a 'stomp' pad.

Education services support and development manager Stewart Koplick said the technological advances had been developed by QUT and were of great benefit.

"It gets the users involved physically and mentally, and we know from the research that it's of more benefit," he said.

CEO David Barbagallo agreed, saying the new interactive tools were three parts fun and seven parts education.

"We want to be able to provide a wider choice of services," he said.

The purchase of the new Joyner Close house is a marked improvement from Endeavour's previous space at the Meteors Sports Club, a choice Mr Barbagallo is proud to have made.

"As soon as this new premises went on the market we knew we had to purchase it," he said.

"It was a childcare centre previously which meant it had everything we needed, including ample parking and disabled access. It's almost like it was purpose built for us."

With Autism Queensland in the adjoining house, 2 Joyner Close is fast becoming a community hub.

"With the National Disability Insurance Scheme coming into play next year, we wanted to set a standard and lift our game so that people choose us to invest in," Mr Barbagallo said.

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