House wins award

The Tatura Guardian - - News - By Madeleine Cac­cian­iga

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.

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