New gathering space brings big benefits

Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association (HICSA) provides a range of vital services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in and around Healesville, Victoria.  Its current site, on a long term lease from Yarra Ranges Council, includes a basic shed which has been used previously as a metal workshop and for storage and art related programs.

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As part of a wider upgrade of its facilities to improve community infrastructure, HICSA needed to renovate the shed to make it fit for year-round use, and for a wider range of activities.

With funding in place and local builders sourced for the renovation, HICSA approached ICV to find a skilled volunteer who could help scope, plan and supervise the works.

ICV volunteer Noel generously offered his time and experience to HICSA, helping identify the materials required, liaising with council and builders regarding permits, and supervising the renovation.

HICSA is delighted with the results. New reverse cycle air-conditioning was installed for year-round comfort, and a tracking system was installed for hanging art exhibitions in the ample space. Showcasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art is now raising much-needed revenue for the HICSA and local artists.

HICSA Executive Officer Health Promotion, Anne Jenkins, said the shed would be used for youth activities, including dancing and painting, and as a meeting space.

“Without Noel’s support this project would have taken us much longer to complete.  His expertise in the area was exactly what we needed, and more!”

“We are always in need of assistance from volunteers as it’s what helps keep our organisation running.”