Cooma Multicultural Centre moves into new home

Cooma Multicultural Centre has a new home after nine months of being without a permanent space.

The opening of The Alpine School on Mittagang Road meant the CMC had to leave their location and find something new. The CMC has now taken up the old Cooma-Monaro Express office at 53-55 Massie Street.

Cooma Multicultural Centre Manager Yvi Henderson says it is fantastic to have a space again.

“The community has been so great, with many of the church halls and the Youth Hub taking us in for various events and gatherings we had during that time.

“But we are very glad to have our own space now, and it is in a good central location, which is great.”

Yvi is currently in the process of finalising a weekly program of playgroups, workshops and other regular gatherings for the multicultural community with the Multicultural Activity Group In Cooma (MAGIC). With three new families with young children arriving in town for the Snowy 2.0, Yvi is even more grateful for the new space.

“Coming to a new town can be quite daunting,” says Yvi.

“For the men it is usually ok, because the workplaces are usually pretty good for support, but it is the family that feel left behind. There is nothing worse than feeling lonely in a new town.

“Through our multicultural playgroup and other activities, they can be linked into the community straight away, and our new space will allow us to have more regular and structured gatherings and activities.” 

Another project Yvi has her sights on for the new location, is developing a commercial kitchen to create an international tea shop.

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