Telstra connects to community centre
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.
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.