Community Housing Ltd (CHL) took over the management of close to 1200 properties in the northern suburbs of Launceston as part of Housing Tasmania’s Better Housing Futures Program.
These properties are located in Ravenswood, Rocherlea, Waverley, Mowbray and Newnham regions in Greater Launceston. As part of this program CHL has developed a community engagement and tenant participation program to develop more inclusive and sustainable communities in the future.
In the last six months, CHL has been working tirelessly to establish partnerships with local organisations such as the Ravenswood Neighbourhood house, Rocherlea football Club, Ravenswood Heights Primary School to develop initiatives that would benefit the local community.
CHL has initiated a range of community initiatives to bring the tenants and other residents in the local communities together. These have ranged from erecting goal posts for kids at the Ravenswood Heights School to setting up community gardens and launching a pilot youth fishing festival in Waverley that will become an annual event.
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.”
Earlier in the year CHL had initiated the Aus-kick program at the Ravenswood Heights Primary school on Sunday mornings which is attended by over 40 kids.
For the community garden CHL has provided the land and secured local support and equipment essential for the initiative to be successful.
“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,” says Steve.
The first ever Youth Fishing festival was organised earlier this month at the Waverley Lake. This festival was hugely successful with over 70 kids aged between 6 and 16 years participating and engaging in recreational fishing with the challenge of catching fish that have been tagged with money prizes upto the value of $250.
The pilot event was proudly supported by Community Housing Limited, Inland Fisheries Tasmania, Waverley Primary School and the Rocherlea Football Club along with prominent local business such as The Waverley Top Shop & McCrimmons Insurance Services.
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