19 September 2023

Neighborhood centre services on show at CDCC open day

| Sarah Martin
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CDCC staffers Heidi Carroll and Margot Steiner were on hand to deliver information about the centre’s services.

Cooktown’s own neighbourhood centre brought their services to the public with a main street pop up open day at the CWA Hall on Friday, with the aim of increasing awareness of what the centre provides.

Cooktown District Community Centre CEO Tracey Boulton said there was a misconception that the centre was only for people in dire circumstances.

“You don’t have to be in desperate need and in the worst possible situation, we want to support people to be happy, healthy community members,” Ms Boulton said.

“We offer parenting programs to support mums, we have programs to support kids transitioning to kindy, we support people who might be having a difficult time in their relationships.”

Cooktown locals, visitors and CDCC staff mingled over cake and a free lunch at the CDCC Open Day at the CWA Hall on Friday.

Ms Boulton said the Open Day, which ran from 12pm to 3pm on Friday 15 September, was held in Cooktown’s main street CWA Hall to make it more accessible to all.

“We find it hard to attract community members who don’t know about our centre or who don’t normally come to our centre because we’re a little bit out of the middle of town,” she said.

“So we thought we’d bring the services into town to make it easier for people who are working, or foot traffic or people who are driving past.”

Endeavour Christian College’s hospitality class were on hand keeping the crowd well fed.

Ms Boulton said the team was working on a fun community day next year to bring families and residents together and promote the centre’s services.

The CDCC is located at 11 Charles Street and offers a range of programs in Cooktown, Wujal Wujal, Hope Vale and Laura, including playgroup, child and family support, community development, financial support, seniors group and youth engagement.

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