In 1985, a very vocal residents' action group from North Holroyd made representations to the Council regarding the need for services north of the highway. These representations became part of a "Social Plan" and were taken up in the following year by the worker there at that time - Fran Kendrick.
In 1986, after public consultation with community members, the residents' group was incorporated as "Holroyd Community Development Association". The incorporation process itself was funded through BBQ's and tennis nights. This is true community development.
In 1987 funding was successfully obtained for a community development worker in northern Holroyd. HCDA were able to initiate projects such as two before- and-after-school activity centres, which are still functioning independently today.
Various other projects were raised and pursued, such as The Tree Planters' Group, Mobile Minders, and the Happy Friday Club.
Cassia Neighbourhood Centre was funded in 1990 and almost immediately became a meeting place for locals. It continues to thrive.
The Safety Project was a joint initiative with Holroyd Council and the Community Health Centre, but it was Cassia that successfully applied for funding in 1999, and we have been responsible for and supervised that project and the worker employed ever since. This project is now complete.
The Aboriginal Access Project was an independent community development project of the current worker and has recently been funded to set up a separate and independent A&TSI Organisation. This project is now complete.
HCDA and Cassia Neighbourhood Centre now operate under one name - Cassia Community Centre. We have core funding through DoCS (although this is always under threat and review), and we are currently in receipt of the a grant for the A&TSI project.
Small organisation like ours are in the position to respond locally and promptly to the concerns of residents, but to do so we need your assistance. Please help keep us local!