Devonport Community House celebrates landmark birthday Wed 10 October 2012 Lara Giddings Premier Download hi-res version The Premier, Lara Giddings, has paid tribute to the passion and dedication of the volunteers who have been supporting their local community through work at the Devonport Community House. Ms Giddings and Deputy Premier, Bryan Green, today joined locals to celebrate the Devonport Community House's 30th birthday. "Our neighbourhood houses are the heart and soul of our communities, and the people who staff the Devonport Community House have done tremendous work in supporting Tasmanians in need and bringing people together," Ms Giddings said. "This Community House is the oldest on the North West Coast and, after three decades, it continues to play a vital role in the local community. "The Devonport Community House offers activities like Tai Chi, meditation and yoga that people in the community might not otherwise try. "It provides services like the community garden, which promotes healthy living and teaches people how to grow their own healthy and delicious food. "And, most importantly, the dedicated volunteers at the Devonport Community House are helping those in need through a partnership with Second Bite, Costa's Logistics and Harvest Moon to collect surplus food and redistribute it to disadvantaged Tasmanians." Ms Giddings said the Tasmanian Government had recognised important role of Neighbourhood and Community Houses right around the State. "Community houses are a great example of how government, councils, community organisations and businesses can work together for the good of all," she said. "They can make a real difference in people's lives, and that's why we have committed over $4.3 million to Neighbourhood and Community Houses this financial year." Ms Giddings also praised the ceramic sculptures installed in the Community Garden by local artist Tracie Billings as part of the 30th birthday celebrations. "Public art plays an important part in brightening up community spaces and promoting an inclusive atmosphere. These sculptures are a delight and capture some of the magic of this community."