Bucaan’s initiatives benefiting the community

TWO key community projects were launched in Chigwell last month to support the community.

The Community Shed and the UCAN Drive learner driving mentoring program were unveiled on 27 February at Bucaan Community House.

The new community shed, which will assist in increasing community access to affordable fresh food, is the result of $43,000 in funding from the State Government’s Community Infrastructure Fund.

The Labor Party also committed $5000 to the project and Nyrstar Hobart provided a $3000 community grant.

The Shed will be used to facilitate the current food access project and UCAN Drive.

Bucaan Community House executive officer Mary-Anne Evans said the programs were important tools in assisting the community.

“With food access being provided to more than 180 families, dedicated space with cooling facilities is vital,” she said.

“We’ve been running the food program out of our youth room without any cold storage, with only one day a week to do it in.

“We knew we needed a separate space for it, as well as a space for the UCAN Drive car and a separate space for training and workshops.”

Nystar Hobart general manager Reinhardt Viljoen said he was pleased to be able to help make a difference in the community.

“We really wanted to give back to the area that we are closely related with and this project is a great way to do so,” he said.

UCAN Drive is funded by the Motor Accident Insurance Board.

The program will be offering learner drivers who cannot afford lessons or who do not have access to a vehicle and a licensed driver an opportunity to be mentored and get the required hours for a license.

In addition, it will be running demonstrations on how to install child seats.

“Improving opportunities for training and employment has a flow-on affect to the wider community,” Ms Evans said.

“Having a license is important to access basic services and transport is something we sometimes overlook as really important to getting employment and education outcomes.

“We are extremely grateful to the supporters of these key projects.”

Caption: Alex MacDonald, 18, and David Farrell, 20, pictured with the UCAN Drive car funded by the Motor Accident Insurance Board.