ALMA Secures Regents Park Community Hall
Alhamdulillah, ALMA is one of twelve organisations who have secured approval to use the recently renovated Regents Park community centre. This facility is located in very close proximity to the Regents Park railway station and is adjacent to the library. Plenty of free parking is available in a car park belonging to the Auburn Council that is situated next to the community centre.
Regents Park community hall is managed by the Auburn Council. Expressions of interest from community organisations was called by the Auburn Council late last year (2008) to use the premises following the termination of the previous occupiers of the facility.
A number of community organisations applied to secure a time allocation to conduct their events and programs. ALMA was fortunate enough to be short listed following a strong application to use the premises and a representative was called in for an interview early this year. Br. Musabbir Hasan represented ALMA at the interview. Alhamdulillah ALMA's application was approved and ALMA representatives were invited for a tour of the premises by a council coordinator responsible for the administration of the premises.
A time table has been drawn up by the council coordinator allocating time slots to these twelve organisations. The current time allocation for ALMA is for it to use the premises on alternative Friday evenings (second and fourth Friday of every month) for a three hour period. The time table has plenty of time slots not allocated to any organisation mainly during the day time on week days. Organisations wishing to use the facility at any of those vacant time slots are required to inform the coordinator of the facility at the Auburn Council prior to use.
In May 2009 the Council undertook to renovate the facility prior to allowing the new users commence their programs and activities. An opening ceremony of the facility was held in July 2009 and keys were handed over to the representatives of the community organisations that were approved to use the facility.
Following renovation activities, the facility now consists of a large hall with furniture to sit about 30 people, a small meeting room, toilets, a kitchenette and a computer room with 4 networked computers and a printer/photocopier. It also has telephone facilities. At this early stage, the Council has not required the approved organisations to pay a fee for the use of the premises.
The facility is ideally suited to hold ALMA committee meetings, discussion groups etc. Furniture can be arranged to accommodate about 60 people to gather for a prayer meeting as well. Unfortunately, the facility is not large enough to hold weekly ACEP classes that are currently conducted at the Auburn Town Hall.
ALMA executive committee will meet at the premises soon to draw up a plan to best utilise the premises as well as to study whether more suitable time slots could be negotiated with the coordinator. You are most welcome to give your suggestions to use the premises efficiently or seek further clarification regarding the facility by contacting us.