Com­mu­nity cen­tre wel­comes up­grade

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Marissa Ge­or­gopou­los

COM­MU­NITY groups are thrilled they can bring their ideas to fruition, thanks to a hefty fund­ing grant.

The State Gov­ern­ment’s So­cial Hous­ing Com­mu­nity Im­prove­ment Fund al­lo­cated up to $50,000 for projects, and Shalvey Com­mu­nity Cen­tre is due to re­ceive the full fig­ure.

Man­ager Carol Dwyer said it was an ex­cit­ing time for the cen­tre which “def­i­nitely needs” an up­grade.

“The build­ing is 38 years old and this will be the first big amount of money spent on it,” Ms Dwyer said.

“The grant will pro­vide new dis­abled ac­cess and up­grade the bath­room so our se­niors and dis­abled peo­ple can ac­tu­ally use the fa­cil­i­ties at the bot­tom of the build­ing which in­clude a kitchen, a craft room and a bath­room.”

Ms Dwyer said vis­i­tors had trou­ble nav­i­gat­ing the un­even out­door area and 14 in­ter­nal stairs but with the fund­ing wind­fall those prob­lems could be al­le­vi­ated.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion runs so­cial in­clu­sion pro­grams, cook­ing classes and chil­dren’s sport. It also has “a chill-out room” with TVs and gam­ing con­soles.

Black­town Coun­cil also se­cured sev­eral grants, one of which will go to­wards a play­ground up­grade of An­gus Memo­rial Park in Rooty Hill.

The fund­ing is awarded to projects geared to­wards im­prov­ing the com­mu­nity and us­ing open space.

Another lucky re­cip­i­ent was Bid­will’s Graceades Cot­tage. Team leader Ivanka Pe­likan said their $18,000 grant would help kick­start a pro­posed com­mu­nity Cot­tage Gar­den, to be built in Oreades Way.

Ms Pe­likan said “job ready” pro­gram Pro­duc­tiv­ity Boot­camp would build the path­ways, re­tain- ing walls and gar­den beds.

“The gar­den is for the res­i­dents to be able to use, to have a birth­day party there or sim­i­lar,” Ms Pe­likan said.

“It’s not just about grow­ing plants. It’s a meet­ing place – there will be a big huge cov­ered area.”

The grants have helped com­mu­ni­ties across the state, Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Min­is­ter Brad Haz­zard said.

He said it helped or­gan­i­sa­tions which “see what needs do­ing” in their area.

He en­cour­aged char­i­ties, groups and coun­cils to con­sider ap­ply­ing for the roundthree grants in March.

Team leader Ivanka Pe­likan of Graceades Cot­tage.

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