Featured Article – TasPorts supports Tamar Valley communities

George Town Neighbourhood House
George Town Neighbourhood House

A lack of funding has meant the George Town Neigh­bourhood House’s shed reflooring project was put on hold.

The TasPorts’ Community Grant Program was able to provide the funds to get the project back up and running.

With the renovations now complete, George Town Neighbourhood House Community Support Officer Jessica Berger said the area provided participants with an extra space that felt like home and was not just a shed.

“Many of our programs are run out of the shed be­cause it can accommodate large groups, but for many participants, the space was impractical,” she said.

Jessica said the George Town Neighbourhood House was a sanctuary for many locals facing disad­vantage, and the resurfacing of the shed had ensured many social programs could continue running.

“We offer services and support in an array of areas including welfare support, emergency relief, the facili­tation of lawyers, psycholo­gists and councillors along with a number of social programs including bingo, movie afternoons and children-specific activities,” she said.

The Community Grant Program has also provid­ed $5,000 to construct a greenhouse at the Low Head Community Garden to allow produce to be grown year-round by garden vol­unteers.

Thanks to the community of volunteers, this is now complete, with the finished product featuring “beauti­ful stained-glass windows” donated by a local resident.

Kathy and Joan, from Low Head Community Garden, said the completed green­house had made a fantastic addition to the garden.

“It has become the fea­ture piece of the extended garden and already houses a significant number of seedlings and will be an on­going and essential part of the garden for all involved,” they said.

TasPorts’ Group Executive Kate Dean said the organi­sation had a long and proud history of supporting com­munity initiatives across Tasmania. “TasPorts recognises the im­portance of establishing and maintaining strong, effective links with port communi­ties, and our Community Grant Program enables us to strengthen these relation­ships,” Ms Dean said.

“I encourage all eligible organisations to consider applying for the next round, opening on 1 February 2023, with $50,000 of fund­ing available.”

TasPorts launched its Com­munity Grant Program in early 2022, offering grants up to $5,000 to support local projects, events and initiatives that benefit local communities surrounding Tasmanian commercial and community ports.

Across the first three grant rounds of 2022, TasPorts has awarded $100,000 in funding and $30,000 of in-kind support to 22 organisa­tions to support a variety of projects across Tasmania.

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