New life for Illabo's community hub

Illabo, in NSW, described by the locals is a ‘one blink and you will miss it” town. With the local engineering workshop closed and farming families leaving after bushfires and drought, the town’s population was diminishing.

Illabo Sporting BodiesPicture: Madeleine Clarke

The one community meeting place hadn’t been used for 10 years. Local leaders noticed that a number of young families were moving back to the area, and thought it would be a good time to open the doors again and encourage the community to come together.

Illabo Sporting Bodies received a $5,000 grant from the Domino’s Good to Give grant program, which was used to install a split system air-conditioner and heater to ensure the space was comfortable for the community to use all year round.

The facility once complete will be a communal place to have meetings, play dates, social events and BBQ’s. They anticipate that a mobile toy library will soon be able to  visit, weekly tennis competitions to run and a quarterly farmers meeting, to 

The community is also seeking other grants to continue improving the space to ensure that the local groups and school use it for many years to come.  With a population of under 200 people, the leader of this project, said that she learned through this grant process that “Our community isn’t too small to be acknowledged.”

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