07 Aug 2019 News

Park Orchards Community House: Pick My Project win helps set up childcare

Story Credit: Andrew Rogers, Manningham Leader

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Park Orchards Community house delivery. Source: Manningham Leader

The Park Orchards Community House is expecting to start offering childcare services by the end of August after the delivery of a new building.

The community house was successful in winning cash under the State Government’s Pick My Project initiative last year.

More than 260 people voted in favour of the government helping fund their plans to add a new building on their block. They secured a grant of $170,000 towards the project.

Work to clear land behind their existing building was undertaken before the new building was finished earlier this month.

Enrolments in adult learning courses at the community house have tripled in the past six years.

The room will be used for childcare in the daytime and community activities in the evening.

Centre manager Pauline Fyffe said their plans had resonated with the community.

“More than 260 people voted for our project and so we were successful in securing a grant of $170,000,” she said.

“In the school holidays, the building was delivered on the back of four semi-trailers and will be ready for use by the end of August.”

Other successful projects included an upgrade to Domeney Reserve, with the government tipping in $84,000 to help revamp the social area and expand the cramped changing rooms.

Park Orchards Football Club secretary Colin Caulfield said the project had been “at the back of people’s minds for some time”.

Other initiatives were also floated during the nominations process.

Park Orchards Community Centre representatives John Balshaw and Pauline Fyffe with Eastern Metropolitan Labor MP Sonja Terpstra, and Pick My Project representatives Winston Treacher and Lilli Craig.