Info hub will be missed

Melville Times - - News -

THE Com­mu­nity In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre at Gar­den City will close on De­cem­ber 21 due to the shop­ping cen­tre’s re­de­vel­op­ment.

Af­ter 21 years of help­ing the com­mu­nity with var­i­ous is­sues, about 30 vol­un­teers will no longer be re­quired, al­though the Jus­tice of the Peace ser­vice will be re­tained in­side the shop­ping cen­tre’s new cus­tomer lounge.

A mo­tion at the City of Melville’s An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing of Elec­tors on De­cem­ber 5 called on the City to help the vol­un­teers.

Cen­tre co-or­di­na­tor Elaine Buchan said the vol­un­teers would miss giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity.

“We knew that it would be re­fur­bished and stores around us closed,” she said.

“I be­lieve we will be sadly missed, but it’s good the JPs will still be lo­cated at the shop­ping cen­tre.”

Vol­un­teer Cathy Grasso said she started at the cen­tre a few months af­ter it opened in 1997.

“I think we will be missed, there are still peo­ple who come in and ask us for help,” she said.

Vol­un­teer Mau­reen Pallot said the cen­tre had reached its used by date.

“Peo­ple these days are able to jump onto the in­ter­net to get the in­for­ma­tion that we pro­vide,” she said.

An AMP Cap­i­tal spokes­woman said in the lead-up to the start of the re­de­vel­op­ment, a num­ber of re­tail­ers would be re­lo­cated.

“In re­gards to the Com­mu­nity In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre, Gar­den City has worked closely with the City of Melville, JP Ser­vice and Com­mu­nity In­for­ma­tion vol­un­teers over a num­ber of months to re­tain some of its core ser­vices, with the JP Ser­vice to re­lo­cate into the new Cus­tomer Lounge on Jan­uary 7, 2019,” she said.

“As the vol­un­teers are in­de­pen­dent, they may de­cide to progress as a self­man­aged group.”

The City has of­fered in­di­vid­u­als the op­por­tu­nity to fill new vol­un­teer roles.­mu­ni­ d489494 Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Vol­un­teers Mau­reen Pallot, Cathy Grasso, Elaine Buchan and Terry Nod­well have helped run the Com­mu­nity In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre at Gar­den City.

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