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Centre’s bid for revamp

Saturday, 28th September, 2019

(From left) Visitor Beth Jessup, with Centre for Community volunteer Graham Kellond and volunteer office manager Sharon Hocking in the beginnings of the community garden. PICTURE: Emily McInerney (From left) Visitor Beth Jessup, with Centre for Community volunteer Graham Kellond and volunteer office manager Sharon Hocking in the beginnings of the community garden. PICTURE: Emily McInerney

By Emily McInerney

The Broken Hill Centre for Community is preparing an application for a government grant of more than $500,000 to help develop the centre.

Broken Hill Community Inc. volunteer office manager, Sharon Hocking said she and the volunteer team had been working hard to develop the proposal to remodel the Blende Street centre.

“We’ve applied for more than $500,000 to help redevelop the whole centre and the grounds,” she said.

“We have to be compliant in many areas - so that will be looked at.

“We need a proper security system, to create fire exits and the ceiling will need to be fixed.”

Other items that the funding will look to improve is putting in a new surface and some shade in the Markets courtyard, new toilet block outside, refreshed paintwork, open plan reception and meeting area, new blinds, carpet and a new pergola off the foyer to sit and enjoy the Community Gardens.

“Since partnering with Landcare to start a Community Garden, we want to create a fabulous area where people can sit,” Sharon said.

“The new Mineral Club president has taken on the Men’s Shed and for their first project said they will build the shade for the garden.”

She said the community garden is expected to open to the public next year.

“Currently, the volunteers are doing a lot of testing, is there lead in the soil, how much water is needed, what will grow, etc.”

Sharon said there were more people coming into the centre and there was a real vibrancy around it.

“We want to drop the ceiling and replace the timber and wiring; that will make us electrically compliant.

“The bowling green outside will be resurfaced with astro turf to create the Market Courtyard.

“That will be a great surface for the community markets.”

She said having a disabled toilet outside will also be beneficial for the gardens and the markets.

“Our award-winning community radio station, 2DryFM, will be better sound-proofed with new acoustic ceiling panels, new curtains and carpet with an upgraded reverse cycle air conditioner.”

Sharon said about 45 groups use the centre each month and they were hoping to create a space where more people could come and use it.

“We’ve had lots of help with our application, thanks to Regional Development Australia Far West, Foundation Broken Hill, Broken Hill City Council and the plumbers and builders.”

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