New lease of Moss­man life

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

MOSS­MAN is get­ting a new lease of life cour­tesy of the Spring­board pro­gram which has reached the half­way mark.

Multi­na­tional com­pany Lend Lease has sent em­ploy­ees from all over the world to Moss­man for two days in four in­stal­ments over the past cou­ple of months to help build and im­prove on fa­cil­i­ties at the com­mu­nity cen­tre, high school and hos­pi­tal.

Vol­un­teers from around the re­gion have also put up their hands to work on the pro­gram, in­clud­ing the aged care group at the Moss­man hos­pi­tal which have been busy cre­at­ing a more live­able area for the aged care res­i­dents.

There are two projects un­der­way at the Moss­man State High School work­ing with stu­dents and men­tor­ing them to de­velop a so­cial sit­ting area and ex­tend their func­tional gar­den.

It is a very busy scene at the Moss­man Com­mu­nity Cen­tre with three projects un­der­way - an ex­ten­sion at the Men’s Shed, build­ing shad­ing and im­prov­ing fa­cil­i­ties at the flexi-respite and gen­eral up­keep at the com­mu­nity cen­tre in­clud­ing the in­stal­la­tion of re­con­di­tioned com­put­ers and fix­ing fences, the gar­den beds and im­proved park­ing.

Lend Lease em­ployee Si­mon John­son, from Lon­don, said it has been great work­ing with other em­ploy­ees and vol­un­teers im­prov­ing fa­cil­i­ties in the com­mu­nity.

“We’re try­ing to fit into a pro­gram that is the whole sum­mer long and we only get two days and put a lot of ef­fort in,” he said.

“It’s been a real plea­sure and we have peo­ple com­ing from Syd­ney, Mel­bourne, York­shire, New York, Brazil - they’re com­ing from all around.”

For more in­for­ma­tion or to vol­un­teer for the sec­ond half of the Spring­board pro­gram start­ing the first Wed­nes­day and Tues­day of Septem­ber, con­tact the Moss­man Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on 4098 2005.

Photo by LUKE STRINGER

Help­ing hand: Teacher Troy Olsen with stu­dent Mike Marano, and Kevin Wang, from Shang­hai at Moss­man State High School

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