Barossa Community Helpers Charitable Recycling Centre officially opened

President James Fowler and Barker MP Tony Pasin open the new Barossa Community Helpers Charitable Recycling Centre on Friday. Photo: Supplied
President James Fowler and Barker MP Tony Pasin open the new Barossa Community Helpers Charitable Recycling Centre on Friday. Photo: Supplied

After months of build work, new doors to the region's biggest charity supporter at Murray Street, Nuriootpa, officially opened on Friday.

Barossa Community Helpers Charitable Recycling Centre, has moved from their Railway Road location following a $400,000 Federal grant to support the committee's active vision.

These funds combine with a state grant of $150,000, achieved through the former government's 2017 Fund My Neighbourhood initiative.

Money was also achieved through donations of goods including furniture and bric-a-brac.

Manager Helen Christie looks forward to the new site also providing greater accessibility to the 40-plus volunteers and customers.

Volunteers also buzz with excitement, confirming how thankful they are to have access to hot water and indoor toilet facilities.

Federal Barker MP Tony Pasin, who attended the opening, said the secondhand centre will continue to recycle goods from businesses and community members in the region.

Money which is then filtered onto deserving community groups.

"The new showroom will showcase the variety of goods that the volunteers at Community Helpers clean, sort and repair for re-sale - the profits of which go back into charitable organisations around the region," Mr Pasin said.

"The project will also help the staff transport goods to and from the centre thanks to a new loading area and car park, in addition to a staff room and two new offices to make sure staff are well equipped to do their fantastic work," he added.

Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Deputy Minister Michael McCormack shared how the centre's previous facilities were in a state of disrepair.

"Thanks to this project, we have replaced them with a quality recycling centre," Mr McCormack said.

Since the original Community Helper's Tanunda shopfront opened in 1999, the secondhand business has raised well over $2 million to support a variety of not-for-profit groups in the region.

The investment also contributed to the regional economy by supporting 11 construction jobs and creating two ongoing roles.