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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.


Events & Activities
Eid-ul-Fitr Dinner function July 2016

ALMA had its annual Eid-ul-Fitr Dinner which also contained a segment of ACEP Ramadan competition prize giving as well. This function was attended by a sold-out record crowd of this nature ALMA ever had. It had several activities including trivia and kids games which kept all attendees fully engaged throughout the program.


Edul Fithr July 2016

Alhamdulillah, ALMA had a great Eid Celebration on 6 July 2016 at Turkish Mosque (Youth Centre) in Auburn. A large number of people attended for prayers and thereafter everyone exchanged salams and greetings with each other.

Ifthar function June 2016

On the invitation of the leader of the opposition (Parliament of NSW) and MP for Auburn, Hon Luke Foley, ALMA’s liaison officer Abdul Gafoor attended an Iftar function on 17th June 2016. Number of dignitaries including Grand Mufti of Australia, state and federal politicians, Islamic scholars, community leaders, leading school principals were among the invited guests.

Ramadan 2016

ALMA had its first (of the four) Ifthars this Ramadan on 11th June 2016 at Auburn Town Hall. Alhamdulillah, over 400 people were estimated to be present. An inspiring speech was delivered by Zac Matthews (Dr Zachariah Matthews) soon after Magrib prayers.

ALMA had the opportunity to launch the much awaited JANAZA fund and introduce the Janaza Subcommittee on that night. Alhamdulillah, over 75 family and individual members were signed up for this programme immediately. Members were also generous enough to contribute to the annual dry-rations project - the funds of which will be sent to Sri Lanka and distributed among poor and needy families in various parts of Sri Lanka next week Insha Allah.