THE Freeling Hub is considering an expansion, despite having a recent request for funding knocked back by Light Regional Council.
The hub had asked for a total of $16,200, over a three-year period, to help cover a lease and expand its exiting Hanson Street facilities into an adjoining shop.
However, at last month’s council meeting, elected members supported a staff recommendation to deny the funding, instead offering to assist the hub with identifying suitable community facilities, if needed.
Gawler Community House manager Wendy Marsland said that, while the knock-back was disappointing, an expansion of Freeling’s services had not been ruled out.
“We are still looking at being able to continue to work together (with council) and developing options to support the community,” she said.
“We value the hub and the work the hub does, and the residents that come and use it give us ongoing feedback about how much it means to them.”
A joint report by council’s community development officer, Lorinda Bayley, and strategy and development general manager, Craig Doyle, said there would be greater benefit to the community if the Freeling Hub was able to hire and use community facilities.
“Such benefits would include the directing of hire fees back into the community, as well as promoting an increased sense of ownership of, and connection to, community facilities,” it states.
“Council’s administration also considers that there are opportunities here for greater partnerships between the Freeling Hub and parents and families linked with the school, kindergarten, and existing community groups.”
The Freeling Hub was opened in late 2015, after the Gawler Community House received State Government funding to establish an outreach program.