In partnership with Banyule Council, community organisation Open House is now managing the Bike Hut at Malahang Reserve in Heidelberg West.
The Bike Hut at Malahang, staffed by volunteers, is a place where bikes, scooters and skateboards are maintained and repaired.
The Mayor of Banyule Cr Tom Melican, also a Bike Hut volunteer, said the hut was an important and popular community facility. “This partnership is a great opportunity to strengthen programs for young people, particularly given Open House already runs a Backyard Sports program at Malahang Reserve at the same time as the Bike Hut is open,” Cr Melican said.
“The Bike Hut is open every Thursday from 3.30pm to 5pm rain, hail or shine and is always a hub of activity with volunteers assisting and teaching young people, and turning ‘trashed’ bikes into ones that can once again become treasured possessions and a healthy and free mode of transport.”
The Youth Manager at Open House, Brett Ross, said Open House, a
not-for-profit community organisation which has been operating for
45 years, was delighted to be managing the Bike Hut.
“The Bike Hut not only provides young people, aged 7 to 20, with a place to come, socialise and develop skills in bike maintenance, but provides us with the opportunity to link young people in to other services and employment opportunities,” Brett said.
“The Hut is open at the same time as we run our Backyard Sports Program for park users who enjoy playing footy, soccer, cricket and baseball. Physical activity is essential for a healthy life and we want to encourage more people to be a part of our fun activities at Malahang Reserve.”
He said bicycle workshops would also operate in the school holidays, with maintenance classes, local rides, lunch and a chat. “We also encourage volunteers, with Working With Children checks, to become involved in our activities and are also happy to provide the Bike Hut to other groups to run activities from.”
Cr Melican said Council’s Youth Services’ team was continuing to support the Bike Hut by attending an open session each fortnight and working with young people on an annual street art mural on the hut.
Open House also runs a number of programs from its Macleod base, including youth workshops, a drop-in café, playgroup, and programs for adults. For more information on Open House and their programs, visit their website or call them on 9450 7600.
Image: Pictured left to right are: Steve Marks and Brett Ross from Open House, Jess Sayers from Banyule Council, and Bec Cole and Tim Womersley from Open House.