For the community, by the community

ONE Community Together (OCT) is on track to make a difference in the Clarence Plains community following the opening of its new headquarters on the site of the former Rokeby Tavern.

OCT is a community project made up of Clarence Plains residents and local stakeholders who aim to make long-term change in the area.

It has received $333,000 in funding from the Tasmanian Community Fund to continue its community-driven program for the next five years.

OCT steering committee co-chair Suzanne Schulz, who has been involved with the program  since its establishment four years ago, said the project was about creating an attractive, safe and proud Clarence Plains community.

“We’re looking at how to improve public spaces, assist the community to get rid of rubbish, and create a welcome culture where people are actively caring for each other and building that kindness into the community,” she said.

“There are a lot of strengths in this community that a lot of people don’t recognise and we want to build on those to provide opportunities and see this community be the best it can be.”

Local resident and One Community Together steering committee co-chair Robin Pulford said the project had already delivered significant benefits in Clarence Plains, including clean-up days, hard waste removal, community awards, training and information days.

“Having a presence on the ground in Clarence Plains will increase the reach of the OCT project and give the community a central point to raise issues, make suggestions, or give feedback about programs that are underway already,” she said.

Hobart City Mission will be working in association with OCT to provide an administrative backbone for the project.

Hobart City Mission chief executive officer John Stubley said OCT was an important initiative for the Clarence Plains community, and Hobart City Mission was proud to be involved in providing the backbone support.

“The idea of a organisation for the community, by the community helps them take control of their own destiny,” he said.

“It gives the community the ability to have a voice in what happens in the community, and that sense of ownership also means you’re going to get better community outcomes.”

TCF chairperson Sally Darke said the Fund was pleased to offer funding support to OCT.

She said OCT’s new office at Rokeby would act as a main point of contact for the community to help build a safer Clarence Plains that was welcoming and excited about the future.

“OCT has been involved in significant community initiatives in Clarence Plains under its Collective Impact Model and we are excited to see how the organisation, in collaboration with Hobart City Mission, will bring together community residents and stakeholders to work on common objectives over the next five years,” she said.

Through fundraising, OCT expects to be self-funded following its fifth year and able to sustain itself into the future.

For more information about OCT, visit https://onecommunitytogether.org.au/.

The TCF was established in 1999 following the sale of the Trust Bank.

An independent funding body, the Fund provides grants to community organisations that make a difference by improving the social, environmental and economic wellbeing of the Tasmanian community.

To view the list of successful grant recipients from the latest grant round (Grant Round 37) and all other recipients, visit www.tascomfund.org.

Caption: Pictured left, steering committee member Linda Nicholson and Federal Labor MP for Franklin Julie Collins. Pictured right, OCT steering committee co-chair Suzanne Schulz, left, Hobart City Mission community engagement coordinator Verity Macdonald, OCT project officer Elise Parker, steering committee member Linda Nicholson, Tasmanian Community Fund board member Frank Berta, Federal Labor MP for Franklin Julie Collins and Hobart City Mission chief executive officer John Stubley.

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