Tel­stra con­nects to com­mu­nity cen­tre

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

THE Proser­pine Com­mu­nity Cen­tre was in­un­dated with water due to Cy­clone Deb­bie and still has a leaky roof 10 weeks later.

The com­mu­nity cen­tre is ex­pected to find out soon how long the re­pairs are go­ing to take.

All floor cov­er­ings have been re­moved and need re­plac­ing with the ceil­ing in the women’s bath­room.

Com­mu­nity groups need­ing meet­ing rooms have had to make other ar­range­ments while dam­age to the build­ing is be­ing sorted out.

Com­mu­nity cen­tre co­or­di­na­tor Julie Scan­lon said she had lost eight con­sul­ta­tion rooms usu­ally used for coun­selling and spe­cial­ist heath care ap­point­ments.

“Un­til we know that we can pro­vide them with a de­cent ser­vice,” the rooms will re­main closed, Ms Scan­lon said.

A faint light at the end of the tun­nel pre­sented it­self on Mon­day af­ter­noon in the form of Ryan Lang­ford from Tel­stra Whit­sun­day.

Mr Lang­ford came to do­nate a 4G mo­bile smart an­tenna which would com­mu­ni­cate with the hard wired an­tenna on the build­ing’s roof and pro­vide re­li­able in­ter­net and phone re­cep­tion. A do­na­tion of a new mo­bile an­tenna will mean bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties and the abil­ity to con­duct “hot re­fer­rals” on the spot for the cen­tre's users.

“Peo­ple can now see their coun­sel­lor, ring the peo­ple straight away and get them into those ser­vices that they re­quire,” Ms Scan­lon said.

PHOTO: DANE LILLINGSTONE

THUMBS UP: Ben­jamin Mol­nar, Leah Den­meade, Lara Weimer, Chiara Mayer, An­nika Grun­wald, Lynne Barr and Terry Schulz (back) with Luke Rum­ble, Laura Den­meade, Sophia Rum­ble, An­ton and Aimee Stumer and Liam Goldie.

HELP­ING HAND: Pat Men­gle of the Red Cross, co-or­di­na­tor of the Proser­pine Com­mu­nity Cen­tre and Kalilia Parter of Giru­dala ac­cept a do­na­tion from Tel­stra's Whit­sun­day.

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