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Latrobe Community Service Centres opened

Four Latrobe Community Service Centres officially opened by Latrobe City Mayor

By Latrobe City Council - 4th September 2001 - Back to News

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A network of four Latrobe Community Service Centres has been officially opened by Latrobe City Mayor, Councillor Brendan Jenkins; and Senator, The Hon. Judith Troeth, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Cr Jenkins said the Latrobe Community Service Centres would provide additional support for Latrobe’s community groups, by providing groups with access to equipment, services and resources which would assist them in their ongoing development.

"The equipment and services available at each Centre, includes access to meeting room facilities, access to a photocopier at a special discounted rate, access to bulk mail facilities, and access to computers with the latest Microsoft Office software and Internet access," Cr Jenkins said.

"This will greatly assist community groups to function, particularly those with limited resources. It means that much of the day-to-day work undertaken by these groups in preparing newsletters, generating correspondence, keeping track of finances, and sourcing information is going to be a whole lot easier.

"The centres will also offer training to community groups. This training will include computer based applications, grant seeking and fundraising, submission writing and much more," Cr Jenkins said.

The four Centres are being located with other community-based organisations across the municipality. The Moe Community Service Centre with the Moe Development Group, shops 8-10 Moe Mall, Moore Street Moe, and will be open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. The other three centres, with Latrobe Information and Support Centre, corner of Tarwin and George Street Morwell; the Churchill Neighbourhood Centre, located in the Churchill and Monash Leisure Centre Churchill; and Work Focus located at Howitt Street Traralgon. These will be open by appointment.

Cr Jenkins said the Latrobe Community Service Centres Network had been jointly funded through the Federal Government’s Regional Solutions program and Council.

"The Latrobe Community Service Centres Network, along with Council’s publication the "Guide for Committees" has developed from the City’s ongoing commitment to generating strategies to assist community organisations in the municipality.

"Hundreds of community groups across the municipality provide citizens with an ongoing quality of life. Whether these groups are sporting clubs, social groups, organisations that respond to emergencies, or volunteers assisting those less well off in our community; their presence is the lifeblood of our community, and we want them to continue to develop. The provision of these Centres is one way in which we can encourage them and assist them to function," Cr Jenkins said.

The Latrobe Community Service Centres Coordinator, Teresa Pugliese, said individualised assistance for community groups and training and support would be available, by phone or face to face. The Latrobe Community Service Centres can be contacted through Council, telephone 1300 367 700.


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