Community enterprise opportunities

New opportunities to develop community enterprise activities have opened up following the launch of the Albany Community Enterprise Development Centre in March. The extension to the Green Skills complex provides a multi-purpose community meeting and training room, and kitchen.

The Graham Street centre upgrade, supported by $191,000 of State Government funding through the Great Southern Development Commission (GSDC), was designed to increase the organisation’s capacity to deliver a wider range of programs, training sessions and workshops to the community, sharing knowledge and teaching new skills.

The training and workshops, also supported by Lotterywest, aim to increase employment opportunities for participants and encourage small business development.

Lack of meeting space previously limited the organisation’s ability to host skills development programs, and alternative venues did not have appropriate training facilities.

It is expected that with the upgraded facilities, Green Skills will be able to provide an estimated twenty-five workshops a year.

GSDC CEO Bruce Manning said the centre will create opportunities for community members to equip themselves with the knowledge and skills to build a positive future for themselves, the community and the environment.

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