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The Oak Centre Community Hub in Casino is a multi-purpose space for community and everyone is invited to celebrate the grand opening of the refurbished space and the launch of the Healthy Towns Community Action Plan in Casino.

Momentum Collective has a proud 40-year history of delivering programs and services in the Casino community. The Healthy Towns partnership with North Coast Primary Health Network is a great opportunity to improve the health and wellbeing of the whole community.

Momentum Collective’s CEO, Virginia Walker, said the event is an opportunity for the local community to enjoy the refurbished Oak Centre and learn about programs that will build individual and community connections and improve health and wellbeing.

‘We are very excited to be officially opening the Oak Centre to the whole community as a valuable resource,’ she said. ‘The building was recently painted by a group of volunteers and we have a commercial kitchen being installed. The centre will be a hub for meetings, networking events and activities for the benefit of the whole community.’

‘We will also launch the Healthy Towns Community Action Plan, outlining community-driven activities that have been funded by North Coast Primary Health Network. The funding has a focus on youth and aims to build resilience and community participation. Both will provide great opportunities for our young people and the greater community in 2020.’

The Healthy Towns program is delivered by North Coast Primary Health Network (NCPHN) in partnership with the Northern NSW Local Health District and Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation. The program is supported by funding from the Australian Government.

Some of the refurbishment crew.

Julie Sturgess, NCPHN CEO, said the Healthy Towns Casino has brought together community members, services and organisations to build new connections and relationships. ‘The program has been successful due to the amazing strengths and enthusiasm of the Casino community to promote wellbeing.

‘We are delighted to be providing over $200,000 to fund the initiatives that were designed in consultation with the community through Healthy Towns,’ said Ms Sturgess.

The opening of the Oak Centre and launch of the Healthy Towns Casino Community Action Plan will be held on Friday 28 February from 3-6pm. There will be prizes, food, entertainment, activities for children, and information and advice from stallholders.

‘We invite everyone to come along and check out the renovated Oak Centre and find out more about Healthy Towns,’ Ms Walker said. ‘I would like to thank the sponsors who have already signed on to support our event including Greater Bank, Summerland Credit Union, The Commercial Hotel, Sharon’s Hair and Beauty, Casino RSM, Intersport, and Casino Outdoors.’

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