CENTACARE North Queensland is hosting a grand opening today (Wednesday) of the Cloncurry Neighbourhood Centre in its new premises located at 57 Sheaffe Street.
The organisation will host two events today as part of Anti-Poverty Week, as part of a flurry of community activities across the North West
The events will be held to promote more discussion and action about poverty in the region.
The day will begin with the ‘Cloncurry Shining Stars’ literacy event for under 5’s at 9am.
Centacare’s Cloncurry Neighbourhood Centre coordinator Leeanne Harris said the activity will emphasise the importance of education, imagination and connection as a precursor for the eradication of poverty.
“Reading under fairy lights, free food and drinks will all be part of the morning’s activities at the Centre,” Ms Harris said.
“The children will also be gifted a pillow and a book from Centacare NQ and engage in the experience of reading under the stars – it will be great for parents to share this experience and the love of reading with their little ones.”
The festivities will continue with the official opening commencing at 3pm, complete with performances by the local school, ceremonial blessings by both Father Mick Lowcock and local Indigenous elders, and sampling the Centre’s new pizza oven.
“It will be a chance for the community to visit the new Neighbourhood Centre and see what exciting programs, workshops, services and community initiatives Centacare NQ has in store,” Ms Harris said.
The recently relocated Centre at Sheaffe Street opened its doors to the Cloncurry community in July of this year, hosting its first community luncheon in August during Seniors Week, with renowned Indigenous Chef Mark Olive putting on a bush tucker feast for young and old.