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Woodlupine Family Centre
Helen Manont, Woodlupine Family Centre manager Tanya McGrath and City of Kalamunda deputy mayor Brooke O’Donnell cut the 30th anniversary cake.

Saved centre celebrates

A FOOTHILLS community hub has bounced back in the face of impending closure to celebrate its 30th anniversary recently.

Woodlupine Family Centre was preparing to shut its doors mid 2021 after the State Government denied its application for continued funding.

However, the community rallied around the centre with a 700-signature petition asking for cuts to be reversed and has now secured further funding until June 2024.

Last weekend the centre marked 30 years of community service with 400 attendees turning out to honour the work of countless employees and volunteers.

Centre manager Tanya McGrath said the number of families present proved the community’s support and need for the centre.

“Saturday’s attendance shows how much we are valued, and I think it is really important for the government to acknowledge that,” Ms McGrath said.

“It shows the impact we make on families, and it is a positive experience where they can develop lasting friendships.

“We have families that have met at the centre 30 years ago who attended on Saturday just to reconnect.”

While the centre offers services for infants as young as six weeks old to seniors, they have also developed new specialised programs.

These include a partnership with Bendigo Bank to prepare youth for entering the workplace and a ‘blokes and babies’ barbecue once a month.

“Over the last two years there has been so much uncertainty in the community, and it really highlighted the importance of human connection,” Ms McGrath added.

“We are looking forward to increasing our engagement.”

By Morgan de Smidt

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