Centre officially opened as neighbourhood house

THE newly completed extension at the Bridgewater Community Centre, one of 33 neighbourhood houses in Tasmania providing support and services to the local community was officially opened recently by Lyons MP Mark Shelton.

The extension was funded through the State Governments Neighbourhood House Capital Investment Program (NHH-CIP) and cost approximately $260,000.

At the official opening are from left,  Phil Leed, president of the Bridgewater Community Centre, with, Chelsea Barnes, who is coordinator of the Bridgewater Community Centre, Mark Shelton MP, Helen Manser from Jordan River Services Bridgewater Gagebrook and Cheynee Pullen, coordinator of the Gagebrook Community Centre.
At the official opening are from left, Phil Leed, president of the Bridgewater Community Centre, with, Chelsea Barnes, who is coordinator of the Bridgewater Community Centre, Mark Shelton MP, Helen Manser from Jordan River Services Bridgewater Gagebrook and Cheynee Pullen, coordinator of the Gagebrook Community Centre.

The extension and refurbishment of the building has allowed for the increased provision of services, activities and allowed for the delivery of more diverse programs at the centre.

In addition, the works have also created spaces more suited to the range of community services offered.

The kitchen redesign means food preparation space is more functional and more appropriate for catering for large community and group events.

“I have been advised that members of the community who haven’t visited the House previously are coming in and making themselves known and taking advantage of the great range of services provided at the centre,” Mark Shelton said.

Neighbourhood Houses operating across Tasmania deliver a range of services to the community including parental support groups, food relief programs, literacy and numeracy support programs, community gardens, lunches and other social events.

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