On Friday 1 November, CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning celebrated the official opening of a brand new office at Taree which will act as the hub of support for people in the Greater Taree, Great Lakes and Gloucester regions.
Staff and clients of CatholicCare, Members of Parliament, representatives of local schools and members of the strong Taree community watched as Bishop Bill blessed the new office and those who will work there.
Vice-Chancellor Finance and Administration, Sean Scanlon, acknowledged the growth of CatholicCare and thanked those involved with the development of the location before a warm "Welcome to Country" by Aunty Barbara Clark. Aunty Barbara expressed her gratitude for CatholicCare and the important services offered to the community.
Director of CatholicCare, Lisa Short, and Regional Manager, Helga Smit highlighted the importance of the staff who work within the new building, their dedication and warmth as vital as the new facilities on Pulteney Street. Guests were then given an insight into the work of CatholicCare with talks from clients Karen Bowen and Gordon Byers
Regional schools combined for a number of highlights on the day with moving performances by Taree Christian College's Aboriginal Dance Troupe and singing from the Manning Valley Anglican College choir. A delicious morning tea, prepared by students from St Clare's High School, was a great success (distinguished guest Peppa Pig preferred the vegetarian options).
The video below is courtesy of Prime 7 News. You can also view a photo gallery of the event.