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The St Helens Sailing Squadron’s clubhouse will get a makeover thanks to a group of TAFE painting and decorating teachers from around Australia.

With support from Dulux, teachers from TasTAFE, Melbourne Polytechnic, Gordon TAFE, Federation Training and Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE, will spend the 13 and 14 June volunteering their time to paint the inside of the clubhouse and put an industrial coating system on the floor.

Dulux will donate the paint for the project and Tamar Hire in Launceston will loan a floor grinder so that the floor can also be resurfaced.

TasTAFE teacher Scott Dalton said a national meeting of TAFE painting and decorating teachers is held annually in a different state, with this year’s meeting hosted by TasTAFE at its Alanvale Campus in Launceston on 12 June.

“We thought that with all the teachers in one place it was a great opportunity to combine our skills and give something back to the community.

“The St Helens Sailing Squadron is an important part of the local community, bringing together people to learn to sail, but also providing a range of community events. Its programs provide some great competitive and social activities for young people.”

St Helens Sailing Squadron Commodore, Glenn Stewart welcomed the project

“On behalf of our club I would very much like to thank TasTAFE, all interstate participating TAFEs and Dulux for this very generous project undertaking.

“We took over the lease of our club rooms in December 2017 and after being unoccupied for a significant amount of years they were quite run down. This project will breathe new life into the area and help our club to continue to grow, providing great experiences for our community, particularly the local youth.”

Mr Dalton said the working bee was an opportunity for the teachers to get to know each other and share their ideas and knowledge in an informal setting.

“It’s also a nice opportunity for teachers from interstate to see a bit more of Tasmania while they are here.” Mr Dalton said.

Painting and decorating teachers to makeover St Helens Sailing Squadron