House wins award
Tatura Community House’s manager Leeane Button lived it up in the big smoke last month when the house was awarded at this year’s Victorian Learn Local Awards.
The Adult, Community and Further Education Board’s (ACFEB) 2018 Victorian Learn Local Awards celebrated the outstanding achievements of those within the Learn Local education and training network on Thursday, August 30, at the Grand Ballroom in Melbourne.
State Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp congratulated Tatura Community House for taking home the Learn Local Legend — ACFE Hume Regional Council award, which recognised the contribution of more than 300 Learn Local providers.
Mr Gepp said giving a social service to the community was Tatura Community House’s mission and as such it plays an integral role inmany community initiatives, including educational and leisure programs, as well as information and referral services.
‘‘The 2018 Learn Local Awards provide a great opportunity to publicly acknowledge the efforts of learners and the providers who support them, as well as the overall contribution of the Learn Local network to the broader Victorian community,’’ he said.
Tatura Community House hosts many adult education programs, such as the Boomerang Bags project, language, literacy and employability programs.
‘‘This year’s winners include learners that have harnessed the power of adult community education to turn their lives around by gaining skills and getting jobs, as well as dedicated teachers and training providers with outstanding track records helping their students to succeed,’’ Mr Gepp said.
He said Learn Local providers made a huge difference in their communities and helped people who needed extra support to turn their lives around with programs for people of all ages and from all walks of life.
‘‘These awards shine a spotlight on the valuable work of the community training network in Greater Shepparton and I congratulate and thank Tatura Community House for their contribution to our community,’’ Mr Gepp said.
New chapter: Tatura’s Bill Purcell has pieced together his family history and printed it to book form.Picture: Madeleine Caccianiga
Proud: Tatura Community House manager Leeane Button (middle) teams up for a photo with Sue O’Brien and Julie Hebert from the Department of Education and Training.