Overdue overhaul underway

October 05, 2017

Crossenvale Community House volunteers (from left) Jenny Healey, Cheryl and Shane McKeown, Russell Lister, Kristen Munro and Regan Murphy work on the garden.

CROSSENVALE Community House in Boothman St is getting a facelift.

Volunteers have almost finished landscaping and building garden beds in the front yard thanks to a $4000 community garden grant earlier this year.

And once that has been completed, the work will start on upgrading the backyard.

House co-ordinator Sheridan Clark said another $4000 grant would see the back yard turned into a children’s garden, complete with disabled access.

‘‘We want to make the backyard safer and look more welcoming,’’ she said.

‘‘We will start on that next month and and then we will be working flat out until February to get that finished.’’

Because of the ongoing work, the CCH playgroup will be on hold until December when it will resume sessions every Thursday from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.

Ms Clark said the house was also looking to expand and was working with the Office of Housing to secure the block of land behind the Boothman St property.

‘‘We would like to have more area for the kids and develop a function room,’’ she said.

‘‘On the right side we would also like to put in new toilets, a shower and laundromat.

‘‘We are hoping to work with the shire and local groups to build more attractions to the area such as improving the park, a 40km/h zone, speed humps and obtaining a park carpark for park visitors.

‘‘It will make the area much safer, especially for young mums trying to get their children out of the car. It will also be a relief to residents. The other day we had six cars on either side of the road which doesn’t leave much room.’’

Meanwhile, the house’s committee of management will hold its annual general meeting on October 31.

Ms Clark is encouraging local people to join as board members and has also invited community members to attend.

A morning tea will be held at 10.30am followed by the AGM at 11am.

Other activities coming up include sausage sizzles on November 12 and 26 and December 10 to raise money for the playgroup and a Christmas event on December 9.

Residents are also reminded that the house’s back to basics cooking classes with Carol Wooller will be held on Tuesdays from 11am, where Carol will cook affordable meals under $15.

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