Pa­tio the cen­tre­piece of up­grades

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Adam Poulsen

Carnar­von Lot­ter­ies House has un­der­gone some much-needed up­grades af­ter a $46,000 Lot­tery­west grant, and staff could not be hap­pier.

The money was used to build a new pa­tio along­side the build­ing and to in­stall se­cu­rity screens on all glass win­dows and doors.

Ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cer Shirley Slat­ter said the build­ing had been the sub­ject of van­dal­ism such as win­dows be­ing bro­ken.

“There’s a lot of peo­ple who would hang around at the week­ends and cause prob­lems, it was such a pain,” she said.

“It’s lovely to roll up now and know that there’s no prob­lems.”

Ms Slat­ter said the new pa­tio had made the work en­vi­ron­ment more pleas­ant be­cause staff now had enough space to con­gre­gate and hold func­tions.

“When we ex­tended the build­ing (in 2014), we took most of the staff ar­eas and made them into ex­tra of­fices,” she said.

“If we wanted to so­cialise, we had to squeeze into a tiny lit­tle kitchen or stand out­side in the sun.

“There was nowhere to hold meet­ings and spe­cial events.”

Carnar­von Lot­ter­ies House is home to sev­eral not-for-profit com­mu­nity ser­vices, in­clud­ing the Carnar­von Fam­ily Sup­port Ser­vice, which man­ages the Gas­coyne Women’s Refuge and Carnar­von sober­ing up cen­tre.

It also houses the Eth­nic Dis­abil­ity Ad­vo­cacy Cen­tre, Joblink Mid­west, the Abo­rig­i­nal Me­dia As­so­ci­a­tion, and NGALA.

“Staff can now go out­side and sit to­gether for their morn­ing cof­fee, and it means they’re net­work­ing and talk­ing to each other about what each group is do­ing,” Ms Slat­ter said.

Pic­ture: Ra­dio MAMA

Carnar­von Lot­ter­ies House staff en­joy a morn­ing tea to cel­e­brate the com­ple­tion of the new pa­tio.

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