As Tailem Bend celebrates it’s 130th birthday, The Tailem Bend Community Centre celebrates three decades of successful operation – attributing its success to the people of it’s extraordinary town for what the centre is today.
Starting in 1986 with a small group of dedicated community-minded residents, ‘Our House’, now known as Tailem Bend Community Centre (TBCC) formed a devoted steering committee to lobby Council to secure a suitable venue for a community centre.
With planning for the centre taking 12 months, the volunteer commitment shone through with the TBCC opening it’s doors the same day as the Township’s Centenary – the 28th of July 1987.
TBCC Coordinator, Tammy Shepherd, is proud that the centre continues to be managed and maintained by volunteers, with all feeling like the centre is their home.
“It’s a place where people feel accepted, welcomed and our staff and volunteers are so passionate about what we do,” Tammy said. “Cooperation and collaboration are the keys to our successful community based service – people in need and those seeking social and recreational opportunities, can freely come here and join our family.”
With a friendly, caring and non-threatening environment, everyone thrives – the centre supports the goals of local people regardless of their circumstances and is always open to fresh ideas.
The centre has a courageous committee that is not afraid of trying new things, they proactively engage the community, enabling individuals within their community to gain the knowledge and confidence to make improvements to their lives.
Currently, the TBCC manages $400,000 of grant funding, delivering services within the Coorong, the Rural City of Murray Bridge, the Mid Murray and Mount Barker Council areas, reaching a population of 60,000 residents – an astonishing Tailem Bend achievement.
The TBCC hosts many activities and events for this page, along with fundraisers, weddings, funerals and they also have many project partnerships with outside organisations. Soon, they will be hosting an exciting pop-up ice skating rink in the Tailem Bend Town Hall, developing the town’s old Station Master’s house for office space and railway themed accommodation, building an outdoor river cliff amphitheatre (Similar to the Minack Theatre in Cornwell, UK) and championing a number of skate parks in the Coorong.