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Community refurbishment project underway

CMC Indigenous Services has hit the ground running in 2017 with its first community project- Return to Foundations.

After months of planning in partnership with Aboriginal Hostels Limited (AHL), the project was given the go ahead before Christmas and will include a large-scale refurbishment of the Kirinari Hostel in Sydney.

The refurbishment will see a purpose-built learning hub, a recreation room and the restoration of a basketball court and picnic area for the students at the hostel.

CMC Indigenous Services Managing Director Michael O’Loughlin said the Return to Foundations project will help restore the hostel making it a place for advancement for the many Aboriginal students that access the hostel every year.

“We are so proud to be working with AHL to provide better facilities for the students. Our business has grown rapidly over the past 18 months and this project is a way for us to return our successes directly to the Indigenous community,” Michael said.

“We have worked hard to put this landmark project together and it will be the first of many community projects we have planned for the near future.”

“Our aim is to return the Kirinari Hostel back to the foundations of why it was created, a place for learning.”

The first stage of the Kirinari Hostel was opened in July 1967 and extensions followed over the years with the opening of the Bert Groves Wing in May 1971.

The Kirinari Hostel provides accommodation that assists students to attend school and achieve their education goals, including their year 12 certificate.

Students have the opportunity to study in a safe, comfortable environment with access to study assistance and sporting facilities. The aim of the hostel is to improve the standard of education of Aboriginal children and the extension of opportunities to those in need.

Entrance Kirinari pre

Kirinari Hostel

Room Kirinari pre

New learning hub to be created in this area.

Gym Kirinari pre

A recreational room will be created in this area.

Basketball Kirinari pre

The basketball and picnic area will be restored.