The Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has called on the Andrews Labor Government to find a site for the future home of the South Shepparton Community Centre after management were informed last year of the State Government’s plans to sell their current site of 33 years, leaving the centre without a home and no further offer of assistance.
Speaking during an adjournment debate in State Parliament recently, Ms Lovell highlighted the outstanding contribution the South Shepparton Community Centre had made to the lives to many people who had visited the centre and said the Government must provide certainty on the future of the centre.
Late last year South Shepparton Community Centre were only offered a limited lease for the current Service Street site and management were informed by the Department of Health & Human Services that the house would be sold sometime after the completion of the lease. Despite the relocation being forced by the Government there has been no offer of help for the centre to secure a future home or assist with relocation costs, including the relocation of two portable classrooms used for activities and lessons.
The community centre opened at its present location in 1985 and continues to provide many services to clients including conducting regular cooking and craft classes, teaching English language classes and preparing immigrants for citizenship tests. Patronage of the centre has grown significantly over the years, with over 7100 people attending the house in 2017.
Ms Lovell called on the Andrews Labor Government to intervene and identify a site for the future home of the South Shepparton Community Centre and provide funds to facilitate the forced relocation.
Quotes attributed to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“The South Shepparton Community Centre delivers important services to many people, in particular many new settlers who choose to make Shepparton their home and the centre plays a significant role in many people’s lives.”
“The relocation has been forced on the South Shepparton Community Centre by the Andrews Labor Government with any help to find a new home or funding to assist with the move. That is why I have called on the Minister to intervene and help the centre’s management and ensure this wonderful facility continues in the future.”