Double the celebration for West Moonah Community House

THE West Moonah Community House has celebrated 25 years of service with the unveiling of its major centre upgrade.

The $287,000 renovation includes a new multipurpose space and meeting room, a newly extended and refurbished kitchen and new toilet facilities.

The upgrades were funded through the state government’s Housing, Disability and Community Services Capital Investment Program, which is expected to benefit more than 33 neighbourhood houses across Tasmania.

The Speaker of the House of Assembly, Elise Archer MP, said the upgrades would better allow neighbourhood houses to deliver appropriate services to a wide range of community groups.

“The improvements have transformed the West Moonah Community House, providing greater possibilities for programs and activities to be delivered,” she said.

“The new and enlarged kitchen now includes a fantastic food storage pantry and the new toilets have brought the facilities up to current standards.”

West Moonah Community House assistant manager Kaye Marskell said the renovation and birthday celebration was wonderful.

“The upgrades have been very well received,” she said.

“We invite members of the community to come and see the improved space and make themselves known to the house to benefit from upcoming programs, including free counseling.

“We are also looking for volunteers who can help for one or more hours per week or fortnight.”

First opened in 1985, when a group of interested people from the West Moonah area began to offer organised activities at the local school, the West Moonah Community House relocated to 130 Springfield Avenue in 1991 where it operated as a purpose-built neighbourhood house.

It is a member of Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania, the peak body for neighbourhood and community houses in the state.

Ms Archer said the West Moonah Community House was a place for local residents to come together in unity to share, learn and grow.

“The house provides a vibrant, flexible, inclusive and safe environment, where people come to access the support and resources to meet their social, information, education and cultural needs, and aspirations,” she said.

Caption: From left, Speaker of the House of Assembly Elise Archer with West Moonah Community House chairperson Lorraine Bailey and manager Mel Knuckey.

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