Creating jobs and supporting community houses

The Kingborough community has a bigger and brighter community centre, as a result of the government's multi-million dollar investment in Tasmania's community houses.

The new and improved Maranoa Heights Community Centre has been extended and upgraded, including improved disability access.

The refurbishment is part of the $6 million community and recreation infrastructure program which was announced as a key part of the Tasmanian Jobs Package to create around 110 jobs in the construction and building industries.

The refurbishment includes better wheelchair access, a dedicated computer room, expanded program and activities room, a tea room and new offices for professional services.

The investment improves the facilities and sustainability of our community houses, as well as providing stimulus to local businesses.

Community houses provide a vital network within communities that brings people together, offers a focal point for activities and develops capacity so that communities can find their own solutions to issues.

By February 2014, $1 million of works will have been completed across 13 community houses in the State. Planning is currently underway for further refurbishments to be completed in the three year program.

The Maranoa Community Centre and its volunteers were congratulated for their outstanding community contribution and for maintaining the delivery of vital services for the community throughout the renovation process.

The support of the LINC and Kingborough Council was also acknowledged for providing rooms free of charge to keep regular classes running