$1.159m worth of community infrastructure grants

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The Tasmanian Community Fund (TCF) has provided $1.159 million worth of funding to seven projects across the state that improve wellbeing through community infrastructure.

Projects included in the funding are a new bike track at Rokeby Primary School for community use, an upgraded playground at the Launceston Women’s Shelter, and the safe expansion of Wyndarra Support Services for the most vulnerable in the Circular Head community.

The establishment of a skate and wheel park in Bicheno, a community garden greenhouse in the Great Lake area, construction of a workshop for locomotives to improve skills and employment prospects in the Derwent Valley, and the installation of accessible toilet amenities at the Willow Court Barracks building to unlock the potential for the site to be used as a community arts precinct are also included in the project funding.

TCF Chair Sally Darke said the community infrastructure grant projects were focused on improving the wellbeing of rural, regional and disadvantaged communities.

“Our communities are evolving and it is important that we are able to meet the needs of our communities,” she said.

“These infrastructure projects were identified as helping communities facing barriers to positive community wellbeing, whether that was through location or circumstance, and would provide major benefits to the wellbeing of the people in those communities.”

Rokeby Primary School received a $50,000 grant to build a bike track for BMX and mountain bikes on school grounds that students could utilise in school time and the community could access at other times.

The track was designed by students in an alternate learning program who had been researching and speaking to stakeholders in the community about what was needed.

Teacher Carla Brown said the bike track would provide health benefits to the students and wider community, along with the benefits of being active and engaged in something.

“It was recognised in health and wellbeing survey that a very low percentage of our students participated in after school activities and we saw a need for this,” she said.

“Our school is quite often a place where vandalism and anti-social behaviour occur, and we wanted to turn this around and make this space a positive space for the community outside school hours.”

The bike track is expected to begin construction in early 2022 to be available for the students early in the school year.