New group blitzes Brighton community

BRIGHTON’s Community Blitz was officially launched in style in June with some fantastic blitzes that made a lot of people in the community very happy.

The first Big Blitz included a makeover of the PCYC community garden and the installation of some bright, colourful murals created by young people during the PCYC school holiday program and students from the Jordan River Learning Federation Middle School Student Representative Council.

From left, Tennille Murtagh, Community Blitz coordinator Peter Griffiths and Natilea Lovell
From left, Tennille Murtagh, Community Blitz coordinator Peter Griffiths and Natilea Lovell.

Community Blitz was initiated by members of Brighton Alive to improve collaboration both between individuals and agencies and with the community to improve the outcomes for the Brighton municipality.

The launch featured valued Community Blitz members Tennille Murtagh and Natilea Lovell who spoke about the benefits of partners working together to achieve amazing outcomes for the Brighton municipality.

Mark Boonstra from Workskills said there were many benefits from the initiative and its aims to develop individual self-worth and job and life skills by providing a range of meaningful and practical experiences.

Brighton Mayor Tony Foster recognised the partnerships and the benefits of collaboration.

The launch ribbons were officially cut by Cr Foster, Ron Sanderson representing the Tasmanian Community Fund, Tennille Murtagh, Natilea Lovell, Mark Boonstra, parliamentary Secretary for Small Business Rebecca White, and Georgina Springer and Melanie Lowe from Jordan River Learning Federation Student Representative Council.

Community Blitz coordinator Peter Griffiths assisted in planting a fruit tree to commemorate the occasion.

Everyone was encouraged to add a handful of dirt to the planting to create a connection to place because Community Blitz is all about ‘Building Our Place’.

Another feature of the launch was the catering by hospitality and catering students from the Tasmanian Polytechnic, supported by teacher Linda Evans, which was a further example of how Community Blitz provides young people with access to real-life learning opportunities.

This was made possible by a generous donation by Rebecca White.

Community Blitz is an emerging social enterprise that has seen individuals, businesses and community groups in Bridgewater, Brighton and Gagebrook team up to help locals connect to community.

It also seeks to create opportunities for people to secure ongoing training and employment while carrying out maintenance and beautification projects in the municipality.

Ms White said Community Blitz was a terrific example of what could be achieved when community groups worked together and the benefits it could bring to both the individuals involved and the broader community.

The initiative engages local businesses, community groups and people from around the community, helping to give local people learning opportunities, a greater chance to engage with others and help them find ongoing training and employment.

Community Blitz project manager Lisa Rudd said the project was already providing members of the local community, including young people, with an opportunity to develop skills and engage in different hands-on learning activities.

Two Community Blitz participants have now enrolled in courses at Bridgewater Trade Training Centre demonstrating the exciting potential of the program.

“Through the PCYC garden project we have had a broad range of young people, jobseekers and community members all working alongside each other to transform these public spaces,” Ms Rudd said.

Community Blitz is funded by the Tasmanian Community Fund and is an initiative of Brighton Alive.

For more information visit the Community Blitz Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CommunityBlitz, contact project manager Lisa Rudd on 6268 7035 or email lisa.rudd@brighton.tas.gov.au

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