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Launch of Community Garden

LAUNCH OF COMMUNITY GARDEN A STEP TOWARDS BUILDING STRONG COMMUNITY BONDS

Community Housing Ltd’s (CHL) residents in the Ravenswood area are excited to be part of a local community initiative which involves developing and maintaining a community garden. This initiative is being developed in joint partnership with the Ravenswood Neighbourhood house and Rocherlea Football Club.

To kickstart the initiative a sod turning event has been organised on Thursday 27 November at Unit 2/40 Pioneer Parade Ravenswood which will be attended by Mayor Albert Van Zetten, residents and representatives from the Ravenswood Neighbourhood House and CHL.

In July this year CHL took over the tenancy and property management of approximately 1200 properties in the northern suburbs of Greater Launceston as part of the State government’s Better Housing Futures program.

According to Steve Bevington, Managing Director of CHL, “one of the organisation’s main priorities is tenant engagement and participation. As an established organisation in the area we want to continue to play our part in assisting the growth of community initiatives to add to the successes of many long standing organisations such as the Ravenswood Neighbourhood Centre and Rocherlea football Club. This venture, amongst others, encourages local residents to form groups and work towards community goal. It is also an effort to increase a local sense of community and reduce the isolation felt by many residents including senior citizens who live alone.”

CHL has provided the land and secured local support and equipment essential for the initiative to be successful.

“Activities such as gardening provide the opportunity for residents to socialise, share knowledge about gardening and also grow vegetables that can be enjoyed by everyone. It’s delightful to see like-minded residents coming together to donate their time and lend a hand for a common cause and building local connections”, says Mr. Bevington.

According to Brett Mansell, CHL‘s Community Development Officer, “we have enjoyed working with the residents and it has been pleasing to see their enthusiasm in becoming involved, both in the garden and in their local community. We will continue working with the residents to support them to actively maintain their independence and sense of social inclusion.”

”The Ravenswood Neighbourhood House will be leading this initiative and working very closely with the residents and local agencies to develop this garden. Ultimately, CHL would like to step back and the residents will manage the garden themselves, sharing the produce with friends, family and neighbouring residents”, adds Brett.

The community garden will include seasonal plants and veggies and will be maintained by the resident gardener.

Community Housing Limited (CHL) is a national and international provider of affordable housing. Its vision is ‘A world without housing poverty’. CHL established operations in Tasmania in 2006 and currently has 14 staff in three offices in Mowbray, Launceston and Ulverstone managing 1366 properties in the North West, Launceston, Perth and Hobart.

CHL manages two facilities in Launceston and one in Ulverstone for group accommodation for people and youth at risk of homelessness. These facilities are managed in partnership with Anglicare Tasmania which provides support assistance to tenants.

CHL is a registered Housing organisation in Victoria and Queensland and an approved growth provider in NSW, Tasmania, WA and SA. Its international operations are located in Timor Leste, Chile, and India. CHL has over 20 years’ experience in delivering a range of housing and support services and over 5,600 properties under its management across Australia.

CHL is a vertically integrated operation that manages the entire housing lifecycle. This includes securing funding, locating suitable land, project managing, designing and constructing, then managing the tenancy for the long term which includes collecting rents and maintaining the property.

 

For more information on CHL, contact:

Preeti Daga

Executive Officer – Marketing and Public Relations t   03 9856 0021

e- preeti.daga@chl.org.au

www.chl.org.au

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