Catholic community working together for the benefit of Tasmanians

A new community hub offering a wide range of support services to local individuals and families was officially opened and blessed by Archbishop Julian on Friday 3 June in George Town.

The project is a collaboration between Catholic organisations and the George Town Catholic Parish. The project has seen the renovation of a former convent, ‘Presentation House’ into a dual-use development designed to meet significant social need in George Town.

Left to right: President of the Tasmanian Catholic Women’s League Wendy Harrup, St Joseph Affordable Homes Executive Manager Business Development Belinda Clarke, Archbishop Julian, St Vincent de Paul State President Mark Gaetani, President of Stella Maris Conference Michael Doherty, and CatholicCare Tasmania Executive Manager Family, Therapeutic and Counselling Services Kevin Preen, at the newly-renovated Presentation House. Photo: Ellie Boxhall

The initiative continues the tradition of care for the local community started by the Presentation Sisters who lived in Presentation House from 1960 until 2002. The development will deliver a shared-services hub where individuals and families can be supported by accessing group therapy, emergency relief and counselling services provided by CatholicCare Tasmania. The St Vincent de Paul Society will also be running a range of initiatives from the hub including Dining with Friends and Emergency Relief programs.

In addition to the community hub development, another part of Presentation House has been renovated into a four-bedroom social housing home which will be managed by Centacare Evolve Housing. A local family is moving into the home in the next few weeks.

New counselling rooms, offices and kitchen are part of the shared services hub. Photo: Ellie Boxhall

St Joseph Affordable Homes Executive Manager of business development, Belinda Clarke, said there was a significant need for safe and affordable housing in George Town.

“Following a consultation process with Catholic agencies and the parish it was determined that this would be a great use of the site,” she said.

“The renovation has completely renewed the site with a new kitchen, new counselling rooms and offices and a large area for group therapy and community connections.”

Mrs Clarke said the local Catholic parish will also be able to use the space for events.

Presentation House is one of 25 social affordable housing projects Centacare Evolve Housing is delivering in George Town under the State Government’s Regional Housing Supply Program and Community Housing Growth Program.

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