Scot MacDonald
19th Jun 2017

The ‘Gathering in the Gardens’ project, built by Compass Housing Services, was officially opened today in Glendale by Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC.

The communal garden was solely funded by the NSW Government’s Social Housing Community Improvement Fund (SHCIF).

“The NSW Government is proud to partner with local organisations to support local projects,” Minister for Social Housing, Pru Goward said.

“The completion of this project is a real achievement and will benefit both the social housing residents and the broader Glendale community.”

Mr MacDonald welcomed the project, which was made possible by the NSW Government’s SHCIF. The scheme provides one-off grants of up to $50,000 to local councils, non-government organisations and private sector organisations to construct new capital works or refurbish, upgrade or repair existing facilities on or near social housing communities or sites.

“This project and the SHCIF meet a NSW Government election commitment, and I am very proud of that,” Mr MacDonald said.

The ‘Gathering in the Gardens’ project is one of two projects that Compass Housing Services has received SHCIF funding for in the Wallsend electorate. 

This project has improved the common area of the Glendon Crescent complex by providing low-maintenance landscaping, a communal barbeque and seating facilities to promote social and community connections. 

“Glendon Crescent tenants now have access to an easy to maintain communal garden that they can all enjoy,” Mr MacDonald said.

The second project, Yarrum Avenue in Beresfield received funding for in-built shade, landscaping and barbeque facilities.

The Wallsend electorate and their social housing residents will benefit from these two projects, with combined funding of $80,000.

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