New Penshurst Community Centre Complete

Media Release

FN116/2017

21 July 2017

Joint release with:

John Barilaro

Deputy Premier
Minister for Regional Development
Minister for Skills
Minister for Small Business
Leader of The Nationals

Rosemary Bishop

Chief Executive Officer 3Bridges Community Limited

David Coleman

Federal Member for Banks

  • Upgraded community centre to support essential services in Penshurst, NSW
  • $875,000 centre will deliver additional disability and aged care
  • The Coalition Governmentinvested $500,000 in the project

A new building for the Penshurst Community Centre was unveiled today, which will deliver much needed additional aged care, disability support, educational and training services to the region.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the Coalition Government is committed to providing better support services throughout Australia.

“The new community centre space is a great addition for residents in Penshurst. It improves vital services like aged care, disability and childcare services,” Minister Nash said.

“I aim to build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and providing improved community services does just that.”

Federal Member for Banks David Coleman joined the community for today's official opening, and welcomed the additional building as the first major upgrade to the centre in 10 years.

“The new wing has modern disability access and includes a large hall, modern kitchen and amenities that will support the community to present additional functions and training opportunities,” Mr Coleman said.

“I have been a supporter of this project since day one, and I am extremely proud of what 3 Bridges, with the support of the Australian and NSW Governments, has achieved.”

New South Wales Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said that the Penshurst Community Centre would offer a range of services to people throughout the community.

“The centre will provide opportunities to the community of Penshurst to update workplace skill sets, become physically active, volunteer, and spend time with like-minded people,” Mr Barilaro said.

“In particular, the new centre will provide additional aged care training opportunities, as well as catering for students with learning disabilities.”

Chief Executive Officer of 3Bridges Community Incorporated Rosemary Bishop said “the building is a wonderful example of how a local community can work together with local, state and federal governments to create infrastructure to meet community needs.

“Community Centres like these are at the heart of communities assisting many thousands of individuals, contributing to improvements in community health and local community development,” Ms Bishop said.

“It was only with the support of David Coleman and the Australian Government that this new centre was made possible.” This project was jointly funded by the Coalition Government ($500,000), the New South Wales Government ($50,000), 3Bridges Community Incorporated ($290,000), and Club Central Hurstville ($35,000).

For more information, please visit: 3bridges.org.au/venue/penshurst-community-centre/