Clients, staff and volunteers unite to bring colour to Mount Gambier

CONNECTING COMMUNITY: homelessness and community services manager Trish Spark was a fairy for the day, serving visitors at the garden party.

SOME magic was added to the Mount Gambier Community Centre when it was “Fringed Up” in March as a contribution to the city’s Fringe festivities.

Clients, staff and volunteers adopted the Fringe Mount Gambier blue theme, creating an enchanted wonderland for the community to enjoy, with a welcome splash of colour and creativity during the challenges of COVID-19.

A Fringe garden party brought people together to connect at the centre and enjoy a free community lunch thanks to donations from local businesses that continue to support our vital services.

Anyone was welcome to participate, meet our team and learn more about our services to help people avoid or overcome homelessness and build a more sustainable future

Visitors were greeted by costumed staff and we were impressed when one of our lunchtime visitors, Damien, a friend of the centre who has been assisted into housing by, showcased his circus skills.

“It was a great opportunity to showcase that we are proudly part of the Limestone Coast community, founded in Mount Gambier and dedicated to country people,” homelessness and community services manager Trish Spark said.

“We loved getting involved in Fringe and sharing the festivities with clients and our community.”

The Fringe Up judges selected our decorated Mount Gambier Community Centre as the winner in the business category for the initiative to paint the city blue, resulting in an advertising package prize with The SE Voice newspaper.

SKILL SHOWCASE: A friend of the Mount Gambier Community Centre, Damien showcases his circus skills at our Fringe garden party.
SERVICE WITH A SMILE: Kelly and Becc welcome the community to the Fringe garden party at the Mount Gambier Community Centre.