T.O.Y.S gets Council backing to continue

The future of the successful men’s shed program (T.O.Y.S) at the Clarence Park Community Centre is assured thanks to a Council decision last night.

A motion put by myself at last night’s Council meeting and my argument in support of the motion saw a unanimous vote in favour of providing the Clarence Park Community Centre Board with a transitional period subsidy. This has secured the future of the T.O.Y.S program in that the centre can now afford to take over the employment of the coordinator of the program. The program had been in some quandary after Council , at a previous meeting and in my absence, voted as a result of the recent Community Centre Review to cut the employment of one of the staff who was on the Council payroll.

The Management Board of the Community Centre were caught on the hop by the original decision and were not financially secure enough to take on the responsibility for paying for someone to be the coordinator, at least not in the the short term. They (the board) needed a transitional period to consider ways and means of being able to fund the position.

The motion has secured a subsidy for the wages of a coordinator for 12 months with a commitment by Council to consider a further twelve months. I don’t know who will form the next council but if the nucleus of this Council is retained then I believe the likelihood of a further 12 months is good.

I have every confidence that the Board will find a way during this transition period to take over the full responsibility. The Board meets tonight and will certainly be buoyed by this news. They can now get on with the job of serving the community as they have for such a long time already secure in the mind that one of the communities favourite programs will live on.

Attracting Native Wildlife to YOUR garden

Goodwood Primary School students gave a presentation along with James Smith, Zoologist and founder of fauNature, as to how we might not only protect our native fauna and flora but increase it within the boundaries of the City of Unley.

The presentation was at the School and was most informative. The students of this school, and indeed nearby Black Forest primary School have been leading the way in nature preservation. We can all be proud that our little neck of the woods are so proactive.

Part of the promotion covered how both schools have been helping to reduce the impacts of habitat loss along the rail corridor. This project was done in conjunction with DPTI, City of Unley and the Toys workshop at the Clarence Park Community Centre.

This project fits neatly into Councils Greening component of our Strategic Plan (from the Community of Possibilities).

Our future is in the hands of these young people, which is encouraging. I jut hope we don’t blow it before they get to influence directly.

The message has to get out there that we (you and me) are responsible for the future. We cant blame governments. Look for my next post on this.

Keeping Minds and Bodies Active

That is the theme of the SHED (T.O.Y.S) team at Clarence Park Community Centre.

The volunteers at T.O.Y.S have recently supplemented the work the have been doing for 20 years mending toys for kindergartens, child care and early learning centres by working on constructing wooden learning aids for local dementia patients.

So now we have 12 nursing homes within the City of Unley also benefiting from the work of T.O.Y.S.

Open up your copy of the current edition of Unley Life and turn to page 12 to read the storey on this project.

Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep

Last night I heard my momma singin’ a song, cooee, chirpy, chirpy, cheep,cheep.

Where’s our trees gone might be the song we have been singing for the last 12 months. But now we can sing and rejoice the birds are coming back, thanks to DPTI, Council and our local school kids.

While we await replanting of lost trees (on a three for one basis) and aware of the impact these works of the impact that the Rail Revitalisation Project has had on flora within the western suburbs of the City of Unley, DPTI and Council have worked collaboratively on a Community Wildlife Project to provide nesting boxes through neighbouring streets, schools and private properties adjacent the rail corridor. Fundamentally the aim of the project was to provide alternative nesting sites for fauna that may have been displaced by the loss of vegetation, specifically trees from the rail projects.
DPTI worked with a Zoologist (James Smith) who teamed with schools within the area to build nesting boxes. This Community Wildlife Project was enthusiastically embraced by the community. This includes the kids of the Black Forest and Goodwood Primary Schools, Clarence Park Community Centre T.O.Y.S. Workshop (who provided the workshop for the kids to make the nesting boxes) and numerous other volunteers have all been valuable contributors, ensuring the environmental and educational outcomes sort have been achieved

The boxes have been placed in trees near the rail corridor (Goodwood Primary School, Forestville Reserve, Black Forest School, Devon Street & Railway Terrace, Lyons Parade, Cromer Parade and Goodwood Oval). The Council has supported this project and agreed to take on board the longer term maintenance of these boxes. In total 42 fauna boxes are located in trees near the corridor as part of this project.

Council already has 52 boxes located throughout the rest of the City (predominately to the east of the City). With the additional 42 provided from this project we are now close to 100 fauna boxes throughout the City.

Clarence Park Community Centre the model for all to follow.

This is the question that I am sure will be asked when Councils Community Centres Directions Paper is presented to Council, maybe this month.

One of four community centres in Unley, a ratio much more than any other council per head of population, Clarence Park has a point of difference I would think the others should consider copying.

Nestled discreetly in the Black Forest side of the rail corridor adjacent the East Avenue level crossing it is, if ever there was, a sustainable model for Community Centres. Run by a Board of Directors, mainly from volunteers keen to see a community centre meet the needs they know exist in the local community.

The centre very much has a focus back to basics and care for children and about our environment. They are powered by solar energy and rainwater.

They offer fresh, seasonal and organic food at our markets and food cooperatives and they dance to world music and awaken mysteries within.

And they do this without putting much strain on the Council’s resources, certainly when compared to the other three centres. cant wait to see if the Council management agree with me.

Hopefully the report will be ready for this months council meeting on the 28th. If not it should be by the  November Council meeting.

Toy Bargains at Clarence Park Community Centre

With school holidays upon us here is a great chance for your kids to get rid of unwanted toys, and maybe acquire some new ones. Kids Market at the Clarence Park Community Centre is the venue and Wednesday 2 October between 10:30 and 12:30 the date.

If your kids want to get rid of some toys the may have a late chance to occupy one of the 30 young people stalls run. A stall will only cost $ 5.00
Of course they is also a great chance to pick up some bargains if you are looking for toys for your kids. Purchasers and spectators have free admission.
The centre’s customer service officer Kirsten Lindsay says the biannual event is always great fun. “It has a real market atmosphere and the children are just buzzing with excitement,” she says.
What better thing to take advantage of in the holidays.
PS          Unsold toys are donated to charity after the market.
Kids’ Market, Clarence Park Community Centre, 72 East Ave, Black Forest, Wednesday, October 2, 10.30am-12.30pm. Stalls cost: $5. Shoppers: Free. Contact: 8293 8166.