The committee of Kilmore and District Community Centre are a committed and passionate bunch.
President Paddy Devine says that the centre, which operates mostly under volunteers, is an important place for people in Kilmore to connect, particularly new residents and families.
“Every town needs a physical hub where people can meet and connect,” says Paddy. “Kilmore is growing and there is a need for the services we provide, especially families with young children.” Based on the traditional neighbourhood house model, the Centre runs a variety of classes and events, as well as linking people to other groups and organisations in the community.
The centre also coordinates the Community Emergency Support Team (CEST). CEST is a group of volunteers who work with local authorities and Mitchell Shire to coordinate the community’s response in a crisis situation.
“We are not an emergency response service like the CFA, SES or police,” Paddy explains. “But we do work closely with these groups, and also council, to ensure that a consistent message is getting out and that we are working as best we can together.”