The City of Canada Bay has partnered with the Touched By Olivia Foundation to support the development of plans for the innovative new ‘LIVVIng Room’ community space at Livvi’s Place, Five Dock.
“We are excited to be home to the Foundation’s first LIVVIng Room – an indoor/ outdoor community space at Livvi’s Place in Timbrell Park where everyone is welcome,” Mayor Angelo Tsirekas said.
“In funding and delivering the design development and community engagement for this project, Council has worked to get the best outcomes for those who use Timbrell Park, local residents and for the Foundation.”
Following the approval of the Development Application for the LIVVIng Room by the Local Planning Panel in September 2023, the Foundation will now take the plans to the State and Federal Governments as well as private partners to seek funding for the project’s delivery.
“We are thrilled to be collaborating once again with the City of Canada Bay,” Touched by Olivia Founding Director Justine Perkins said.
“There’s no better place for us to begin the next chapter in our journey than at Livvi’s Place in Five Dock – our Foundation’s first inclusive play space.”
The LIVVIng Room will be managed by Touched by Olivia and operate as a venue that would allow community members to drop in and socialise in a safe, inclusive environment, as well as participate in programs that are aimed at addressing and supporting the needs of the community.
The LIVVIng Room will also encompass a social enterprise cafe that will enable more people within our community, who face barriers to employment, the opportunity to gain meaningful hospitality training, experience and employment. The focus will be to provide purposeful paid employment for people with disabilities in a mainstream work environment.
"If you are interested in getting involved with this exciting project, please visit touchedbyolivia.com.au," Perkins said.