2019 Laverton Community Hub Open Day Recap

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On Saturday 16 March 2019 the weather was glorious and more than 1000 people walked through the doors at Laverton Community Hub’s Open Day.

Laverton Community Hub Recap with photos(PDF, 1MB)

Mayor of Hobsons Bay Cr Jonathon Marsden welcomed everyone before Wetlands Ward Cr Colleen Gates and resident indigenous artist, Uncle Manny Geesu from Cohealth ATSI PAG launched the Little Library. Uncle Manny lovingly painted the Hub’s Little Library which is now available for anyone to ‘take a book, give a book, and share a book’.

The open day also included the fabulous Laverton Community Choir, whose singing permeated the front of the building, and an intricate and colourful performance by the Wyndham Chinese Culture Promotion group and the Yantze River Chorus.

In the backyard, crowds swung to the melodious and upbeat tunes of ReSoul Church Youth group. Children played in the jumping castle provided by Christ Centred Ministry, and patted animals in the petting zoo provided by Laverton Community Children’s Centre. The Life Skills program from Laverton Community Education Centre prepared the garden beds and planted out herbs, vegetables and flowers generously provided by Bunnings, engaging with lots of young children along the way. Laverton Community Integrated Services provided a popular sausage sizzle, while two face painters kept the children happy and yoga was enjoyed by all ages.

Many local residents came specifically to visit the information booths provided by organisations such as Point Cook Camera Club, Laverton Community Education Centre, Probus Club of Laverton, LIFE Program, Level Crossing Removal Project, Newport Calisthenics, and Christ Centred Ministry. Both the Loom Room and Laverton Golden Age filled the display cabinets with treasures made in their groups.

Many attended Council’s consultation on the Local Area Movement Plan, as well as the Waste and Litter Management Strategy.

Henna Art was also popular and the community was delighted to take home Chinese lanterns they had made as well as photos they had posed for in the photo booth.

St John Ambulance provided CPR demonstrations using the St John Interactive Lab which attracted a large queue. They were also on site to provide first aid if required.

We finished the day energetically with demonstrations from Clubbercise and Zumba and wound down with some relaxing Tai Chi.

All up, the crowd enjoyed 550 sausage sandwiches, 600 vegetarian spring rolls, 600 vegetarian curry puffs and 240 apples and pears. Thank you to all the event partners who worked together to create such a successful event.

Thank you to all our partners:

  • Bunnings
  • Christ Centred Ministry
  • Clubbercise
  • Cohealth
  • 8Senses
  • J88 Chinese Take Away
  • Laverton Community and Education Centre
  • Laverton Community Children’s Centre
  • Laverton Community Choir
  • Laverton Community Integrated Services
  • Laverton Golden Age Level Crossing Removal Project
  • Loom Room
  • LIFE Program by Kimberley Peden
  • Metropolitan Fire Brigade
  • Newport Calisthenics
  • Point Cook Camera Club
  • Probus Club of Laverton
  • Ray White Real Estate
  • ReSoul Church
  • St John Ambulance
  • Uncle Manny Geesu
  • Wyndham Chinese Culture Promotion group
  • Yantze River Chorus
  • And, of course, all the dedicated and tireless volunteers