Council acknowledges the contribution of the Committee of Management and Coordinator of the Kallista Community House following a decision to cease operations at the end of 2022.
Kallista Community House (The House) has been part of the fabric of the Kallista community for decades, providing a place for community members of all ages to meet, learn and recreate.
“We want to recognise and thank the Committee, the Chair, Coordinator, other staff and volunteers for their service to the local community,” Director of Communities, Jane Price said.
“The work of governing the House has been vital to the wellbeing of this community. Unfortunately, COVID and challenges with the fabric of the building needing remediation works, have resulted in the House not being able to operate for some time. Council expresses sincere gratitude for the volunteer effort of so many community members who volunteered at the House since its inception in the 1970s.”
The House also led a much-loved community artisan handmade and homegrown local market which has been operating alongside the House but closed during the pandemic. It is hoped the market can return in the coming year.
“The Committee members and Coordinator have now ended their time leading the House and we wish them well with future endeavours, sincerely acknowledging the contribution they have made.” said Ms Price.
Yarra Ranges Council will start conversations with the community in the coming months, on options for the future use of this community facility.