Charlestown Local Woman of the Year

Charlestown Local Woman of the Year

Legislative Assembly Hansard – 08 March 2017 – Proof

Today I recognise Lynda Little, Charlestown's Local Woman of the Year. Lynda manages The Place; a community centre at Charlestown. The Place is a financially sustainable social enterprise enabling participant-led community activity. The mission of The Place is to provide a safe and welcoming venue that engages and supports a diverse community and responds according to local community needs. The income generated from local businesses hiring rooms in The Place directly supports its work within the community, including the provision of information and referral services. The Place offers a number of regular activities and workshops, including over-50s exercise classes, playgroups, cooking classes for people with disabilities, and yoga. As well as being the inaugural manager of The Place, Lynda is an active member of the Hunter Regional Neighbourhood Centre Forum and the Local Community Services Association, the State peak body for community development organisations. I commend Lynda and her staff for their tireless efforts in supporting the community and people of Charlestown