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Proserpine Community Centre Association is facing closure. Commitee member Ken Hughes, Community Centre Coordinator Lynn Fenton and Col Mengel.
Proserpine Community Centre Association is facing closure. Commitee member Ken Hughes, Community Centre Coordinator Lynn Fenton and Col Mengel.

THE Proserpine Community Centre is in desperate need of help.

The community organisation has been operating for more than 10 years, but will be no longer unless the target of $700,000 is raised to fund a new centre.  

In 1998, a group of community-minded people formed the Steering Committee of the Proserpine Community Centre Association to assist many of the disadvantaged and low-income residents in the Proserpine District.

The unused outpatient rooms at the Proserpine Hospital were made available for use as a community centre in 2000.

But now an expansion of medical services means the hospital will require the space from September 1.

The Community Centre management committee have been seeking capital grants and funds for a new building.

It has approached all levels of government, as well as local service clubs and other philanthropic organisations.

But its sole success has been a block of land at Lot 119 Gardenia Street, Proserpine provided by Whitsunday Regional Council for a purpose-built centre.

Members of the Community Centre now need $700,000 to build an adequate facility on that site.

Over its decade of operation, the Proserpine Community Centre has become a vibrant meeting and consultation venue, serving more than 6000 people per year.

The centre provides a venue for visiting personal assistance services, educational, training and research activities as well as convenient hearing testing  facilities and a warm and friendly place to meet.

Today about 25 permanent and casual groups use the centre's facilities.

Almost 1000 people visited the centre for assistance in three days following Tropical Cyclone Ului.

Proserpine Community Centre management committee president Col Mengel says the town needs this facility now and for the future.

“To lose this facility in a relatively isolated township such as Proserpine would be a real tragedy,” he said.

“A number of services would no longer visit the town and would be lost to the use of residents.”

“It has developed into a hub for various essential needs of the local community.”

Until sufficient funds are raised the management committee continues its search for a temporary solution.

To help this cause, contact the Proserpine Community Centre on 4945 5915.

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