SIMON Corbell has launched a woodworking shed intended to provide residents living in high density housing with a space to build community, and reduce antisocial behaviour and crime.
“The Kangara Court woodworking shed is in an initiative of the ACT Government’s High Density Housing program, which from 2008 has made many successful inroads to reducing crime, anti-social behaviour and building a strong sense of community for people living in Canberra’s high density public housing,” Simon said.
“The woodworking shed will provide an important part if the government’s commitment to reducing crime, antisocial behaviour while building the community at Kangara Court, and is funded through the Confiscation of Criminal Assets Trust Fund.
Simon marked the launch of the new shed by donating a wooden garden bench made by the residents living on Ainslie Avenue to Ainslie School to be raffled to raise funds for the Ainslie School Equity Fund. This is the third year members of the woodwork shed have donated furniture built in woodworking sheds provided under the High Density Housing Program.
“The funds raised by raffling this bench will go toward assisting disadvantaged children, including children living on Ainslie Avenue, to participate in various extracurricular activities such as school excursions, camps, music programs and after school care,” Simon said.
“The opportunities that the woodwork shed will open up for the Ainslie Avenue residents will not only strengthen the sense of community but it will also provide an important point of access for service provision and support for these residents,” Mr Corbell said.