Community Cottage celebrates 100 years

It’s set to be a double birthday celebration at the Tait-Duke Community Cottage next week.

Built in 1919, the cottage celebrates its centenary, while one of its new tenants – the Social Services Hub notches up its first birthday.

Community Development Manager Alison Hamblin said the dual celebration is a significant milestone for Noosa.

“The Community Cottage is iconic and remains a key part of Noosa’s history,” she said.

“Built for Mr Charles Tait, his bride Emma Jane (nee Duke) and daughter Esme Duke-Tait, the house practically watched over the growth of Tewantin.”

The house stood on the corner of Sidoni and Poinciana Streets in the heart of Tewantin for 90 years, before being relocated to its current site to be restored and repurposed as a community centre.

Ms Hamblin said the house, now managed by Rotary Club of Noosa Heads continues to provide a great benefit to Noosa residents.

“It’s now utilised as a Social Services Hub every Tuesday fortnight to give a helping hand to those residents facing hardship, where they can access Sunny Street doctor and nurses and other support services in one place.”

Ms Hamblin said that there has been a great demand for the services.

With Anti-Poverty Week coming up, Noosa Council has partnered with United Synergies, St Vincent de Paul and other local social service agencies to hold a “Dollar and Sense” Anti-Poverty event from 9.30am at the Tait-Duke Community Cottage, on Tuesday October 15.

Activities include a cooking demonstration from Oz Harvest Ambassador Matt Golinski, a Vinnies Fashion Parade and over 20 local service agencies providing information and support on how you can make the most of living on a low income.

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