Opposition Leader impressed with our work

Opposition Leader impressed with our work

Tasmania’s Leader of the Opposition and Member for Lyons Rebecca White visited the Centacare Evolve Housing office in Bridgewater recently to meet our staff and hear firsthand about our housing projects and associated community development. She was impressed with the work CatholicCare is doing in housing and community support.

During her one-and-a-half hour visit, Rebecca met CEH staff and was briefed by CatholicCare Property Development and Asset Manager, Andrew Goelst, who provided Rebecca with an overview of our current and planned housing construction program.

“When the Better Housing Futures reform first began the desired outcome was for better quality homes for people and for more homes to be built,” said Rebecca, “It is pleasing to see the results delivered by Centacare Evolve Housing with nearly 750 tenants enjoying improved heating in their properties and the number of new builds expected to reach 500 in the next year.”

Rebecca also heard about the supports CatholicCare puts in place around our tenants and she was particularly impressed with Community Development Officer Sheryl Rainbird’s tireless work in the local community. CatholicCare Social Impact Program Director, Belinda Clarke told Rebecca about the great work SIP’s Build Up Tassie project is doing under the guidance of Project Officer Valerie Farnell, preparing and mentoring local young employment seekers for work in housing construction. One of the program’s participants was there to meet Rebecca at CEH reception.

“There were a number of exiting initiatives I was briefed on during my visit including the Build Up Tassie project which is driven by Valerie Farnell and has had outstanding success with 18 employment outcomes since September 2017,” said Rebecca, “I had the pleasure of meeting Josh on arrival and commend him on his very good customer service skills and the team for their effort in helping match job seekers like Josh with career opportunities.

“I was also impressed by the Social Impact Program led by Belinda Clarke and admit that I wasn’t aware of it until the meeting. I am always happily surprised at the number of wonderful projects supporting our community that go without recognition but are grounded in a determination to make our state a better place.

“The work of Sheryl Rainbird within the community is highly regarded and the community is happy to have a permanent, local office to assist with tenancy issues,” said Rebecca.

This was the Opposition Leader’s first visit to CEH. Hopefully it will be the first of many.

“Rebecca was clearly impressed with what she was seeing and hearing, and indicated a desire to return to inspect some of the new dwellings currently under construction,” said CatholicCare Executive Director, Tim Gourlay.

Tenancy Administration Officer Joshua at work in Centacare Evolve Housing’s front office.