A big, bold plan getting great results

A big, bold plan getting great results

Centacare Evolve Housing received fantastic news at the end of August. Two proposals they had submitted for community infrastructure developments have won grants totalling $691,000.

A partnership proposal with Brighton Council to create a pathway with shelters, lighting and landscaping connecting Gagebrook and Herdsman Cove with Greenpoint won a grant of $261,000 from the Tasmanian Government Department of State Growth.

A week earlier, CEH learned that their submission for the first stage of parkland for the Bridgewater area has won a grant of $430,000 from the Australian Government’s ‘Building Better Futures’ program. This proposal includes construction of playground equipment, public toilets, BBQ facilities, outdoor furniture and associated infrastructure, and work is now planned to start in the New Year.

These two grants cement CEH’s position as a significant and active participant in working to improve community infrastructure in Brighton.

“Most people would think that a housing provider wouldn’t be interested in pedestrian infrastructure such as paths and walkways, but Centacare Evolve Housing is not just a housing provider,” said Sheryl Rainbird, CEH’s Community Development Officer, “While housing people is our main business, we are interested in much more than just collecting rents.”

Sheryl worked with Social Impact Director, Belinda Clarke and CatholicCare Executive Assistant Lily Balfour and Brighton Council to complete the proposal.

“The walkway will help facilitate a safe and connected community. The current walkway with a terrible gradient and poor access is atrocious, and has been a long term community issue,” said Belinda, “Sheryl did significant community consultation in the lead-up, and has been a strong advocate for this initiative – well done Sheryl.”

“These initiatives complement the fantastic work that everyone at CEH does with the communities we serve,” said Sheryl.

These proposals progress our innovative Master Plan for the area.

“Last year Centacare Evolve Housing’s Master Plan for the Bridgewater, Gagebrook and Herdsman’s Cove area was finalised after much consultation with many agencies and residents. The Master Plan outlines our aspirations for the area. It includes redeveloped parks, tree plantings and land for potential new home developments. It is a big, bold plan.

“Of course we cannot do this kind of work alone. It requires partnerships with lots of agencies, people and organisations to achieve the results we want,” Sheryl said.

“These are significant infrastructure improvements for the area and will make a difference to people’s lives. Of course the Master Plan sets us more tasks, but seeing the outcomes from the Master Plan provides encouragement that we can make change in the community,” Sheryl said.