Spring­board calls for vol­un­teers

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

IF YOU are sit­ting at home twid­dling your thumbs, put your hands to good use and vol­un­teer with the 2012 Spring­board pro­gram in Moss­man.

Spring­board fo­cuses on com­mu­nity sus­tain­abil­ity and is run by the Moss­man Com­mu­nity Cen­tre and Lend Lease, a multi­na­tional de­vel­oper which sends ex­ec­u­tives around the world to help with small com­mu­nity projects.

Moss­man has been for­tu­nate to re­ceive as­sis­tance from Lend Lease for a third year to work with lo­cal vol­un­teers on com­mu­nity projects.

Six projects have been se­lected to start this year - fa­cil­i­ties and gar­den, men­tor­ing men’s shed and an all-abil­i­ties group at the Moss­man Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, hor­ti­cul­ture and so­cial area land­scap­ing groups at the lo­cal high school and an aged care group with the Moss­man Hospi­tal.

All that is needed is for peo­ple to put their hand up - no ex­pe­ri­ence re­quired - and vol­un­teer their time to work with Lend Lease

Com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Jill Bradley said any­one can vol­un­teer.

“We want peo­ple from our com­mu­nity and it’s an op­por­tu­nity for them to meet peo­ple from around the globe and work on a project that is go­ing to ben­e­fit our commu- nity,” she said.

“Be­cause the projects are go­ing to be run to ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity, to have that com­mu­nity in­put is very valu­able for the sus­tain­abil­ity of the projects.

“If peo­ple can com­mit to all six projects that’s great, if they can’t that should not de­ter peo­ple from join­ing up, if they can find a day they can par­tic­i­pate then get in con­tact - it’s al­ways on a Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day.”

The projects are set to start in May. For more in­for­ma­tion on the projects and to sign up con­tact the Moss­man com­mu­nity cen­tre on 4098 2005, pop into the cen­tre at 20 Mill St Moss­man, or visit www. moss­man­pro­jects.com

Photo by PAUL BUT­LER

Get­ting a facelift: the

Moss­man shire hall

Wor­thy ef­fort: vol­un­teer Bob Gooch

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