Spring­board ready for ac­tion

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

SPRING­BOARD 2011 is in ac­tion mode with seven new com­mu­nity projects in the pipe­line.

The projects in­clude a com­mu­nity outreach group, a men­tor­ing group, a high school group, a food gar­den group, a guide hut ren­o­va­tion group, a fa­cil­i­ties group and an all-abil­i­ties group.

Spring­board is a joint col­lab­o­ra­tion com­mu­nity pro­ject be­tween the Moss­man Com­mu­nity Cen­tre and multi­na­tional de­vel­oper Lend Lease.


de­velop- ment of­fi­cer Jill Bradley is en­cour­ag­ing mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to sign up for this year’s projects which are set to help a num­ber of com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“It is a won­der­ful pro­gram that helps the com­mu­nity cen­tre and other or­gan­i­sa­tions in a num­ber of ways,” she said.

“This year some of our projects ven­ture out of the com­mu­nity cen­tre to Moss­man State High School and to the Girls Guide Hut.”

More than 40 peo­ple from Lend Lease meet at the Moss­man Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on a Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day to work with vol­un­teers as­signed to each of the seven projects.

Lend Lease vol­un­teers are par­tic­i­pat­ing as a part of a per­sonal de­vel­op­ment pro­gram and are se­lected from the United King­dom, Europe, Amer­ica and other coun­tries to work in teams within a com­mu­nity on com­mu­nity pro­grams.

“Our lo­cal vol­un­teers from the Dou­glas re­gion get the chance to work on a com­mu­nity pro­ject with peo­ple from around the world,” Mrs Bradley said.

“The Lend Lease staff change each week, with new peo­ple com­ing to the re­gion to work with our vol­un­teers.

“There will be ap­prox­i­mately 10 peo­ple in each of the seven group projects and each group will have one fa­cil­i­ta­tor.”

Each of the groups will be in­tro­duced to their se­lected pro­ject in May.

The com­mu­nity outreach group will as­sist el­derly mem­bers of the com­mu­nity by ap­proach­ing se­nior cit­i­zen groups and ser­vices and at­tract mem­bers to the com­mu­nity cen­tre through cook­ing and sewing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Men will be en­cour­aged to join the com­mu­nity cen­tre by the men­tor­ing group, which is de­signed to at­tract men with prac­ti­cal ac­tiv­i­ties such as chang­ing a tyre or fix­ing an old bike.

A num­ber of smaller projects have been drawn up for the high school pro­ject, which will as­sist stu­dents and leavers with spe­cial needs, erect a shade house, build a chook house, gar­den and seedling pro­gram to ed­u­cate stu­dents about food cy­cles, health and nu­tri­tion.

The good gar­den pro­ject will de­velop the gar­dens out­side the Moss­man Com­mu­nity Cen­tre and will start a trav­el­ling “Vegie Van” to de­liver food to those in need.

Sup­port to lo­cal groups such as the Girl Guides will be funded as a part of the Guide Hut Reno pro­ject, in­clud­ing a ren­o­va­tion of a camp­fire area.

The fa­cil­i­ties group will give the Moss­man Com­mu­nity Cen­tre a facelift by ren­o­vat­ing and im­prov­ing the fa­cil­i­ties avail­able at the cen­tre.

An all-abil­i­ties group will ren­o­vate the Flexi-Respite Cen­tre and es­tab­lish a play­group, gar­den and brochure to cel­e­brate its 10th an­niver­sary.

Mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who are in­ter­ested in sign­ing up still can reg­is­ter for Spring­board 2011 on­line on http://moss­man­pro­jects. com .

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