Residents to be surveyed for their views on positive changes

A NUMBER of exciting community projects are now gaining momentum in the Bridgewater, Gagebrook and Herdsmans Cove areas.

Centacare Evolve Housing’s (CEH) state manager, housing operations Kim Bomford said that in addition to the day-to-day business of providing tenant and property management services over the next 10 years, Centacare Evolve Housing would also focus on revitalising and renewing the community as a thriving, inclusive and sustainable place to live and work.

“We know that we can’t do this alone and that there are many fantastic ideas out there that need to be captured before we embark on any major course of action” said Ms Bomford.

To begin this process, CEH will soon be undertaking a survey giving local residents the opportunity to voice their opinions about what could be done in the future to encourage positive change. There will also be an opportunity to participate in a community development and engagement reference group to help with those changes.

It is early days yet but already Centacare Evolve Housing is involved in a number of small projects to start the ball rolling.

  • Talking to Council about improvements to amenity in certain areas.
  • Developing a parenting program focused on assisting young mums and dads to begin the sometimes challenging task of raising young children.
  • Assisting the local community centres to expand their capacity to provide emergency food relief to clients by delivering food hampers daily to the centres.
  • Employing a tenancy engagement worker who will be available to work one on one with residents who are struggling to sustain their tenancies.

Centacare Evolve Housing is also a partner with four other key organisations that have been working on a large-scale project which will have significant benefits for the community.  More will be outlined later.

Centacare Evolve Housing has now signed more than 480 residents to new social housing leases. Ms Bomford siad the take up had been remarkable, with an average of 20 new leases being signed every week since the program launched in May.

“Residents signing to new Centacare Evolve Housing leases are still eligible for priority access to the property upgrade program with new heat pump installations and kitchen and bathroom upgrades currently underway.

A reminder that these can only be undertaken in a staged approach and that to give yourself the best chance of being first cab off he rank, make sure that you are paying your rent, keeping your property in good order and being a respectful neighbour.

We expect the 500th lease will be signed in the coming weeks, and we will celebrate the milestone with a community barbecue free for all local residents,” Ms Bomford said.