Community centre welcomes upgrade
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.