HAWKS Nest Tea Gardens locals are celebrating this month as works near completion on the Hawks Nest Bridge Club’s community building, located next to the Hawks Nest shopping centre.
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This major project was achieved thanks to a great amount of fundraising by the hardworking Bridge Club members, along with NSW Government funding and a $33,000 contribution from the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities fund. The Stronger Communities fund was established by the NSW Government for merged councils to assist the delivery of projects that improve community infrastructure and services. MidCoast Council provided the land for the project, assisted with the provision of the grant and provided in-kind support.
According the Hawks Nest Bridge Club’s Charlie Shuetrim AM, the community building will “provide significant social, cultural and economic benefits for decades to come”.
The project was initiated when focus groups held by Council identified the lack of appropriate community buildings as a significant issue for the Hawks Nest / Tea Gardens area. With almost half of the Tea Gardens / Hawks Nest population aged over 65 years, the need for community space for activities that support the inclusion, engagement, enthusiasm, participation and contribution of older people is vitally important.
The community space is designed to hold 120 people and is available for use by other community arts and cultural groups in the Hawks Nest Tea Gardens area. The types of activities envisaged will mean this is a resource for the whole community, and people of all ages, providing a real community hub.
“The Hawks Nest Bridge Club Community Arts and Cultural building will now provide a space for a wide range of community supported events, activities, groups and interests which will enhance well-being and provide social interaction and connectivity” says Council’s Coordinator of Community Strengthening, Lyndie Hepple.
If you’re interested in using the space for your community activity, call Charlie Shuetrim on 0416 215 251.
The Bridge Club is planning an official opening to thank the supporters of the project later this month.