Fund My Neighbourhood: Murray Bridge Community Centre, AC Care plan showers, laundry for disadvantaged residents

Meeting a need: Volunteers Joy Towner, Gail Acott, Ted Farrelly and Bronwyn Lane and administration officer Sarah Smith hope to refurbish Murray Bridge Community Centre's toilet area. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Meeting a need: Volunteers Joy Towner, Gail Acott, Ted Farrelly and Bronwyn Lane and administration officer Sarah Smith hope to refurbish Murray Bridge Community Centre's toilet area. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Many Fund My Neighbourhood submissions have focused on arts projects or streetscape improvements, but Murray Bridge Community Centre just wants to meet a social need.

Coordinator Jade Porter and administration officer Sarah Smith want to renovate the centre's bathrooms to provide shower and laundry facilities to needy locals.

"It's one of those needs people push to the side," Mrs Smith said.

"There's facilities to support (food, clothing and shelter), but it's about dignity, having a shower, having a shave."

She said the need for such a facility in Murray Bridge had been identified through the council-coordinated Connect 4 Action group, with support from AC Care's homelessness program.

"The two of us (AC Care and the community centre) would collaborate to make sure people know about it, and to make sure we've got shampoo, conditioner, soap, towels and laundry things," she said.

The centre currently has two female, one male and one disabled toilet, though the area is not well laid-out.

She hoped the centre could gut it and construct a shower, laundry and reconfigured toilets with better access for mobility-impaired people.

Hosting those facilities at the community centre would help disadvantaged locals connect with the other services it provided, giving them more support in other aspects of their lives.

Whether or not the project gets the $76,760 it is asking of the state government will be up to the people who vote in the online poll.

"Hopefully enough people feel we're addressing enough of a need in the community," Mrs Smith said.

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Adelaide Road Linear Park furniture

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Adelaide Road Linear Park metal sculpture art precinct

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Lower Murray Community FM radio

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Murray Bridge Scout Group shelter

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