Goodwood Community Centre upgrade unveiled

THE Goodwood Community Centre has unveiled an extensive upgrade of its Acton Crescent site funded under the state government’s Capital Investment Program grant.

More than $277,000 in funding was awarded to the centre for a long-awaited building extension that included a new multi-use room kitchenette, office, storeroom and bathroom.

The grant also funded an upgrade of the centre’s access ramp and landing canopy to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act.

The newly refurbished building was declared officially open on 19 July by Minister for Human Services Jacquie Petrusma at a special gathering attended by local Denison MPs Andrew Wilkie, Matthew Groom, Scott Bacon and Elise Archer, and members of the Goodwood community.

Goodwood Community Centre coordinator Rachael French said the completion of the new works signified an important milestone for the centre.

“With more than 30 years’ servicing the needs of the Goodwood community, the diversity and need for support continues to increase,” she said.

“The new space will further support the small team of staff and more than 30 active volunteers to better meet the needs of the community.”

The Speaker of the House of Assembly, Elise Archer MP, said she was pleased to be able to support the project, which would have clear benefits for the local area.

“The state government recognises the important role neighbourhood houses play in developing Tasmanian communities,” she said.

“I would also like to recognise the role the Glenorchy City Council played in managing the work and the in-kind resources it provided to the project.”

As a regular attendee at the centre, Ms Archer said she had no doubt that the refurbishment would see the organisation’s clients, volunteers and employees benefit further from the space.

“Neighbourhood houses provide many people with a social outlet and support services, and I am incredibly pleased that the state government has been able to support them,” she said.

The Goodwood Community Centre offers a wide range of programs designed to increase social connection, community collaboration, foster peer networks, assist with accessing parenting and family support, and build skills development.

For more information about the centre visit www.nht.org.au/goodwood-community-centre-2 or phone 6272 2560.

Caption: Local MPs Matthew Groom, Elise Archer and Jacquie Petrusma with Goodwood Community Centre coordinator Rachael French, left, and president Debbie Webb pictured at the newly upgrade site.

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