HCP – Housing Communities Program is funded by Housing NSW to assist residents living in social housing on the Riverwood Estate and some Off – Estate housing complexes.
There are lots of different groups, events and community programs that operate on and off the Estate. These include:
Riverwood Community Advisory Board (RCAB)
This forum is for stakeholders in the community, such as Riverwood Community Centre [RCC], Housing NSW [HNSW], Police, Canterbury City Council [CCC], St. George Community Housing [SGCH], Payce Communities and Tenants that meet once a month to talk about the broader issues on and off the Estate. All are welcome to the Open Meeting held at 9.30am every three months.
Community Clean Street Program- Keeping Riverwood Beautiful
This group meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (except January) of every 2nd month to pick up litter and dumped rubbish from the Estate area. Participants are asked to being their worn gloves and to come along to make Riverwood beautiful! All residents are welcome to join the group. A BBQ lunch is provided at the end of the activity.
The CCSP’s committee meeting is held quarterly and is open to everyone.
If you are interested in improving your local area and getting together with a group of residents aiming to bring positive change, please call HCP Worker on 9533 0100 for further information.
A half yearly outdoor interactive information display is held at Salt Pan Wetlands (behind Riverwood Community Centre). A variety of organisations have partnered with HCP, providing information on the following:
- Housing NSW
- Cancer Council
- Yoga Foundation
- Bicycle and walking track Officer, Waste Education Officer from Canterbury City Council
- St. George Community Housing
- HACC, Youth and Children services from RCC
- Canterbury City Council
- Medicare Local
- Centrelink Local
Recent themes have included Multicultural food tasting, Health and Safety issues and Alive and Active in summer. All are welcome!
Riverwood Community Garden
The 55 garden plots are located behind Riverwood Community Centre and Salt Pan Wetlands and feature a lush display of vegetables and flowers, all grown by tenants. The gardens have won many awards over the years. On regular Harvest Days, local residents join the garden to share their produce and gardening knowledge, while enjoying cooking demonstrations and morning tea. Excess produce grown in the community plots is given to NexGen Food Co-op on Thursdays to be distributed to local residents. Please contact the HCP worker if you are interested in obtaining a garden plot.
Regular Gardening and Sustainability workshops are held in conjunction with Canterbury City Council. Recent topics include: Natural Cleaning products, Natural Pest Management, Crop Rotation & Companion Planting and Canterbury Harvest Projects. Other workshops of interest to residents occur as needed.
A newspaper titled “Riverwood Inside News” is produced once every four months. The newspaper is delivered to 2000 Social Housing tenants and local businesses in the Riverwood and surrounding area and includes articles from all services at Riverwood Community Centre, Department of Housing, and tenants on and off the Estate.
These include the Chinese Association and Riverwood Arabic Association. All meet monthly to discuss tenants’ afternoon teas, Chinese Spring Festivals, Chinese Middle Autumn Festival and Christmas Parties.
Tenant Groups off – Estate
Groups meet monthly or bi-monthly according to the preference of tenants. Endeavour Place and Iluka St, Riverwood; Hannans Rd and Nirimba Ave, Narwee; Violet St, Roselands and Rossmore Ave, Punchbowl. Some groups meet for morning tea, some for BBQ lunch, and some enjoy guest speakers and others simply focus on tenant issues.
Santa on & off the Estate:
- A Christmas Lights Competition encourages residents to make their housing complexes look great at Christmas. Prizes are awarded for the Best Decorated Unit/House and two Runners-Up. There is also a prize for Best Decorated Block/Complex. Certificates are awarded to all entries.
- Santa visits occur on and off the Estate. A van of Christmas Cheer transports Santa and his ‘Elves’ to Community Rooms and local organisations throughout the afternoon, culminating in a celebration BBQ in the Wetlands.
- Carols in the Wetlands occur after the BBQ, and we welcome all resident on and off the Estate to join in. BYO rug or fold-up chair.
Opportunities for Volunteers
We welcome residents to be a part of our volunteer team or various Committees as needed (e.g. the Waste Committee meets to discuss waste issues on the Estate, partnering with RCC, CCC, Housing NSW and local residents).