Portland residents building community centre
After decades of neglect from political representatives, residents of Caenwood Road in Portland have taken matters into their own hands in seeking to develop their community.
Returning resident and president of the Caenwood Road Citizens' Association, Frederica Huggins, has led numerous projects geared at development, including the creation of the Caenwood Road Community Centre.
Caenwood Road is a small rural district located on the outskirts of Hope Bay with approximately 350 residents.
Huggins pointed out that there are no facilities in the community for social gatherings, health provisions, or skills training.
"The Caenwood Road Citizens Association has embarked on a four-year project to build a community centre," said Huggins. "It will be a modern-day, fully functional facility, and it will provide educational and social opportunities for the residents of Caenwood Road and the surrounding communities, to include Union, Hope Bay and Cooling Spring."
She said the multipurpose building will be equipped with kindergarten and sporting facilities and will offer skills training in areas like barbering, cosmetology, tailoring, mining, and construction.
Huggins, who is spearheading the initiative, is grateful to residents for their support.
"Thankfully, we have residents with the skill set required in construction to build the centre. Once the centre is built by them, it will give the community a sense of ownership. We have done our own fundraising efforts to start the project," she said.
The residents are hopeful that neighbouring communities will adopt their idea.
The Caenwood association has completed several successful projects, including the erection of a community sign, beautification activities, and the construction of a bus shelter.