The Maroondah Australia Day Awards recognise the achievements of Australians and the contribution they make to the Maroondah community. Awards are presented in three categories; Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year.
We are very proud and humbled to announce that Eastland’s partnership program with Glen Park Community Centre was the winner of the 2020 Community Event of the Year. This award recognises an event which best reflects the importance of strong community values and ties.
Glen Park Community Centre offers a food relief frozen meal distribution service for those doing it tough. However, the COVID-19 restrictions during 2020 have impacted the service, in particular the travel restrictions imposed under Stage 4 limited the ability to move around freely and safely.
Glen Park Community Centre partnership with Eastland who pivoted the current Order and Collect service to provide food relief meal distribution, to help keep those in need fed during the challenging time for Victorians. A no contact option was implemented for those traveling by public transport via a separate collection point in the Valet area. This was a first for both Eastland and Glen Park Community Centre.
This partnership has allowed Glen Park to be able to connect with people in need who may not have known about or had access to Glen Park Community Centre previously, enabling more members of the community who may be struggling to gain support and easier access given Eastland’s proximity to public transport.
Since the service launched hundred of meals have been distributed to Maroondah residents in need and will continue to support the Maroondah community post this pandemic.
To find out more about Glen Park Community Centre visit https://www.glenparkcc.com.au