A new community hub has been proposed at Darling Heights State School to improve education, relationships and community integration. A group of dedicated volunteers is hoping to raise $850,000 to build the hub.

School parent/student engagement officer Ricky Adams said the multipurpose venue will include a commercial kitchen, education rooms, playground area, a men’s shed, a community vegetable garden, and a large open area for gatherings and social events and a deck. “Through the hub we could provide both Australian and migrant families with information, the ability to converse, access to welfare and social organisations to enhance their quality of life and bridge the gap with the community as experienced by many families,” Mrs Adams said.

Member for Toowoomba South David Janetzki MP invited Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs John-Paul Langbroek to meet with the community hub committee. “To support this diversity and our wider community, we need resources and this project will bring people together in one place so they can share resources, experiences and be a point of connection,” Mr. Janetzki said. With Toowoomba being the third largest refugee settlement area in Queensland Mr Langbroek noted the importance of creating a point of connection for the migrant families. “The Darling Heights State School is perfectly positioned for a community hub and will be of great benefit to the city’s diverse population.” Mr Langbroek said.

With more than half of the Darling Heights 670 students from migrant and refugee families the project aims to supply support to the and necessary resources to the families.“The hub would also greatly improve the mental health of families because a lot of people are socially isolated – they’ve left their families behind, they don’t work and experience social isolation because of their lack of English,” Mrs Adams added.

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