Townsville-based building company, Naturform, has set the stage for local businesses after they donated more than $33,000 worth of labour and building supplies towards YWAM’s new Walker Street site.
Naturform, which has specialised in landscape construction for the past ten years, led a team of over twelve people to complete a major landscaping reconstruction on the former technical college grounds. The whole project, which took two weeks to complete, involved a “backyard blitz” of everything from dirt levelling, paving & laying turf to the implementation of irrigation and electrical cabling.
Prior to leasing the Walker Street property, YWAM Townsville were operating out of a warehouse in Townsville’s West End, and while the new property will allow YWAM Townsville to majorly increase their community output, the site still requires significant work.
After attending a breakfast onboard YWAM’s medical ship, the MV Ammari, when the vessel was wharfed in Townsville earlier this year for YWAM’s Overcoming the Impossible tour, Barry Heffer, CEO of Naturform, was eager to help out.
“It was a real-eye-opener in regards to what YWAM are achieving in PNG and in Townsville. I think it’s a worthwhile endeavour to get involved in, and we’re very pleased to be a part of it,” Mr Heffer said.
“It’s a great move for the city that YWAM are taking over the technical college, especially for the young people in the city and the youth programs that are available to them through YWAM.”
YWAM Townsville’s property manager, Jared Hoover, who oversaw the construction, expressed his gratitude to Naturform for their support across the project.
“It’s been great to get the expertise and goodwill of Naturform to help deliver a good quality outcome as we transition from our former campus in the West End to the CBD. Being in the new facility will help us to expand our youth and training services quite significantly,” Mr Hoover said.
Once the renovations have been completed, YWAM Townsville are hoping to accommodate hundreds of volunteers on site, and provide a growing youth and training space right in the heart of the city.
YWAM Townsville’s medical ship work is also based out of Townsville, and the renovated site in Townsville will contribute to a greater community outreach in Papua New Guinea.