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New bike track’s chain reaction

A NEW bike track for Rokeby Primary School students and the local community is one of seven infrastructure projects to share in $1.159 million worth of grants from the Tasmanian Community Fund (TCF).

Rokeby Primary School received a $50,000 grant to build a bike track for BMX and mountain bikes on school grounds, which students can utilise during school hours and the wider community can access at other times.

Construction will begin soon on the new track, which was designed by students in an alternate learning program who had researched and spoken to community stakeholders about what was needed.

Rokeby Primary teacher Carla Brown said the bike track would provide health benefits to the students and wider community, helping people stay active and engaged.

ìIt was recognised in health and wellbeing surveys that a very low percentage of our students participated in after-school activities, and we saw a need for this,” she said.

“Our school is quite often a place where vandalism and anti-social behaviour occur, and we wanted to turn this around and make this space a positive space for the community outside school hours.î

Other projects to share in this round of TCF funding include the upgrading of a playground at the Launceston Women’s Shelter, the expansion of Wyndarra Support Services for the most vulnerable in the Circular Head community, and the establishment of a skate and wheel park in Bicheno.

The funding will also support a community garden greenhouse in the Great Lake area, construction of a workshop for locomotives in the Derwent Valley, and the installation of accessible toilet amenities at the Willow Court Barracks building, unlocking the site’s potential as a community arts precinct.

TCF Chair Sally Darke said the community infrastructure grant projects were focused on improving the wellbeing of rural, regional and disadvantaged communities.

“Our communities are evolving and it is important that we are able to meet the needs of our communities,” she said.

“These infrastructure projects were identified as helping communities facing barriers to positive community wellbeing, whether that was through location or circumstance, and would provide major benefits to the wellbeing of the people in those communities.”

The Tasmanian Community Fund was established in 1999 following the sale of the Trust Bank.

An independent funding body, the Fund provides grants to community organisations that make a difference by improving the social, environmental and economic wellbeing of the Tasmanian community.

For more information, visit www.tascomfund.org or phone 6165 8333.