Neighbourhood centre open day brings joy

Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre's open day last week was a huge success and plans to make it an annual event have already begun. HBNC CEO Tanya Stevenson.
Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre's open day last week was a huge success and plans to make it an annual event have already begun. HBNC CEO Tanya Stevenson. Joshuah Buckle

TANYA Stevenson hopes the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre will soon be known to locals as "the heart of the community”.

Sitting down for a chat after the centre's first open day last week, the organisation's CEO said the event was about celebrating the wide variety of programs on offer.

From a rock-climbing wall, henna tattooing and cultural drumming to cooking demonstrations, bubbles and a horizontal bungy, there was something for everybody at the inaugural event.

"The day was wonderful, we had at least 500 people come through the doors which was absolutely fantastic,” Ms Stevenson said.

"There were lots of families and various community members enjoying the day.

"It was very successful, all the kids really seemed to have lots of fun.

"My highlight for the day was seeing how much fun the kids and parents were having at the Little Street Circus.”

The open day was all part of the relaunch for the Neighbourhood Centre under the new "heart of the community” branding.

Ms Stevenson said the team wanted more people to know who they were and what they did.

"We wanted people to be aware of the programs that we provide so that if they ever get stuck in hardship and need support or someone to talk to we're here,” she said

"We just want the community to understand what we're here for.”

Plans to make the open day an annual event were already under way.

"We're definitely doing this again and it would be nice to add more programs for next year's open day,” she said.

"We have a huge amount of small groups that we support here at the neighbourhood centre that lease or rent space from us, some of them were here with us today.

"It would be really nice to see something like the hydroponics group or Rotary to showcase what they do for next year's event.”

For more information on the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre, call 4194 3000.

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