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Milestone for Rokeby Neighbourhood Centre

THE Rokeby Neighbourhood Centre has celebrated 40 years of making a difference in the community at an Open Day held last month during Mental Health Week.

In an event attended by all sides of politics, volunteers and visitors flocked to the centre to celebrate the wonderful contribution that it has made and continues to make to the Rokeby and greater Clarence Plains community.

In addition to a barbecue, community members were entertained with music and face painting.

In congratulating the centre on 40 years of service to the local community, Tasmanian Senator Eric Abetz said the wonderful work the Rokeby Neighbourhood Centre did for the people of Rokeby was only made possible through the tremendous work of the volunteers.

He said they had made the centre one of the best in the state and were a credit to the volunteering spirit of this vibrant community.

Labor Member for Franklin David O’Byrne, who was also in attendance at the celebrations, said he was honoured to help celebrate the 40th anniversary.

“Neighbourhood Houses are the heartbeat of the communities in which they live and work, they bring so many people together and are there in the good and the bad times, making a massive difference in the lives of many,” he said.

“However, more can be done, particularly for young Tasmanians on the Eastern Shore.

“Half of all lifelong mental health problems begin before the age of 14 and therefore, early intervention is vital in protecting a young person’s mental health.

“I congratulate the Rokeby Neighbourhood House on 40 years of helping to build healthy support networks and look forward to helping take action on the Eastern Shore to support mental health and wellbeing that will build a more sustainable mental health response.”

The Rokeby Neighbourhood Centre, located at 85 Tollard Drive, Rokeby, is open from 9am Monday to Friday and can be contacted on 6247 6678.

Caption: Labor members, from left, David O’Byrne MP, Julie Collins MP, Senator Carol Brown, Senator Catryna Bilyk, and Alison Standen MP.