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Helping local communities thrive

SOUTH Hobart’s Resource Work Cooperative has received more than $9000 as part of Australia Post’s 2016 Our Neighbourhood Community Grants program.

A not-for-profit, self-funded worker’s cooperative, the organisation supplies building materials for renovations and art projects in a bid to create employment and promote waste minimisation in the local community.

Founded in 1993, the cooperative operates the Resource Tip Shop and Resource Collectables stores, along with deconstruction and pick-up services and the annual “Art From Trash” exhibition.

Resource Work Cooperative education projects coordinator Julie Monro Allison said the organisation was thrilled to receive the grant.

Ms Monro Allison said the funding would be used to deliver a community education workshop and provide construction-related work experience and safety training to refugees and migrants.

“Participants will gain hands-on skills by retrofitting a building that will become a community waste minimisation education centre,” she said.

Ms Monro Allison said the grant would also help fund an education program centred on practical and discussion-based learning.

She said the program would have a strong emphasis on workplace-specific English language communication and the identification and development of safe work practices.

“Participants will build stronger community networks and form new connections within the community, increasing their ability to gain meaningful, secure employment,” she said.

Australia Post managing director and group chief executive officer Ahmed Fahour said the Our Neighbourhood Community Grants program recognised the important role that smaller charities and community groups played in bringing people together and helping local communities thrive.

“We launched the Our Neighbourhood Community Grants to focus on supporting smaller charities and local groups that often get overlooked for funding elsewhere,” he said.

In 2016 Our Neighbourhood Community Grants were awarded to 72 community organisations and projects nationwide.

Caption: Building better communities: Resource Work Cooperative members, Andy Wildman, left, Mel Zangger, Jesse Chapman and Eva Herrmann.

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