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Journeys : Oct Nov 2011
RACT Community Fund – busy around the state Community Fund Co-ordinator Donna Sward reports on some of the projects we have assisted recently Geeveston Community Centre The Geeveston Community Centre provides assistance to youth, unemployed, seniors and other community groups in the Huon to attend training, education and informal lear ning opportunities. The GeCo Community Bus provides a transport solution for small groups and those who may have no affordable or personal transpor t options. Groups the community centre has been able to assist have included the two local schools, Huon Pensioners, University of the Third Age, Young Mums Group, Huon Sports Centre, Netball Club, Childcare Centre and Puggles. The R ACT Community Fund has provided assistance with the installation of a step for the bus and on-road costs. Spion Kop Lookout Pathway Project The Spion Kop lookout is located on a peak in the centre of Queenstown and provides amazing panoramic views over Queenstown and the Mount Lyell Mine. Spion Kop was named by soldiers retur ning from the Boer War who were reminded by the landscape of a feature of the South African countryside. The track to the lookout passes a number of mining heritage exhibits and rhododendrons that have been placed by the Lions Club of Queenstown. The Lions Club is currently upgrading existing pathways to improve access for walking and cycling. The Community Fund will help with a contribution to the purchase of materials for completion of a section of this upgrade. Better Hearing Tasmania Inc. Better Hearing was established in Tasmania 65 years ago, working with those experiencing hear ing loss resulting from injur y, illness or age. Better Hearing complements the serv ices of other hearing specialists w ith the provision of infor mation sessions, and advice on assistive listening devices and hearing aids, as well as advocacy and lobbying. They are the only provider of classes in ‘total communication’, which includes lip-reading, coping strategies, body language and hear ing re-education. The Fund grant is for printing of In Case of Emergency cards, to be made available to the hearing-impaired community and containing essential information in case of an emergency. In addition to personal details and emergency contacts, the card contains medical information, such as whether people wear a hear ing aid, have a cochlear implant, a pacemaker or are an organ donor. East Coast Regional Development Organisation Inc In 2003, the East Coast Regional Development Organisation commenced development of The Village at Triabunna, a community space where volunteers are establishing a range of enterprise, educational, arts and environmental projects that connect the community. The Village aims to become self- sustaining. In partnership with existing training organisations, it offers a model of lifetime rather than once-only learning, and individuals w ill have the opportunity to continuously upgrade skills and knowledge. The RACT Community Fund grant is awarded to assist with installation of an access ramp and pathways to the main building and the amenities block. The Hannah Foundation Perth dog trainer Rita Lynd was inspired to establish the Hannah Foundation, a sanctuary for orphaned dogs, follow ing the recent passing of a good friend. Wanting to provide for the future of her friend’s 10 year-old dog, Hannah, Mrs Lynd learned pets are classed as a chattel when their ow ners die. Without for mal prov ision for care, dogs like Hannah are destined to remain in a kennel environment at least until settlement of the will and then, potentially, to be rehomed with strangers. The aim of the Hannah Foundation is to provide a home-style environment for orphaned dogs whose owners have registered with the foundation and made arrangements in their will. The sanctuary will provide care for the dogs until they die. The Hannah Foundation’s successful application to the RACT Community Fund is to assist with producing a brochure providing infor mation about the Foundation and the sanctuar y. Life on the move October / November 2011 23
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