Open day set to be regular event

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A temporary transformation came over the Intereach car park for the community service provider’s inaugural open day, on Thursday.

It became the hub for information stalls, refreshments and entertainment for the crowds which made their way to the Trickett St location.

The open day, which is likely to become a biennial event, was organised by an Intereach team under the direction of Executive Director of Operations Sam Hall, who was delighted with the public’s response.

“The growth of Intereach has been beyond all expectations, and we felt there were people in our community who are not fully aware of the vast range of services we now provide.

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“We are also a major employer across a large geographic area offering numerous career opportunities, and we saw the open day as a chance to highlight what we offer.”

Sam Hall - Executive Director of Operations

But it was not only Intereach services on display at the open day, with local police also on hand with a police car for youngsters to inspect and bags of goodies to give away.

Members of Deniliquin Rotary Club cooked a delicious barbecue with hamburgers, sausages and even kangaroo kebabs provided to the crowd, which included school groups from Deniliquin High, St Michael’s, Edward Public and Conargo.

Free drinks and ice-creams, plus a jumping castle and face-painting for the young (and young at heart) capped off the array of activities, which were enjoyed while visitors listened to the delightful voice of young local singer Zara Lindeman.

A Welcome to Country was delivered by local Aboriginal elder Stephen Charles and those present were officially welcomed by Intereach Chair Pat Fogarty. Local business owner and exercise physiologist Barb Anderson outlined her involvement with Intereach, both at a professional and personal level, and

Edward River Council Mayor Norm Brennan offered his congratulations to the organisation as part of the formalities.

There were also tours of the Intereach facilities, including its well-equipped Family Centre and the administration headquarters, which also provides meeting rooms and a community space for various organisations.

As the open day came to an end the marquees were dismantled and the car parking area returned to normal, before a large crowd gathered inside for the Intereach annual general meeting at which the highlights of another year of growth and success were a feature.