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She Can Build – Women led Bushfire Recovery

She Can Build – Women led Bushfire Recovery

Elands Community Health Centre is a publicly managed community centre located in the remote village of Elands, on the Bulga Plateau. The Centre was built by d...

australia > NSW > regional
01/06/2022 > 20/12/2022


  • Community & economic development
  • Education & training


  • Women and girls
  • People experiencing socio-economic disadvantage or vulnerability


Elands Community Health Centre is a publicly managed community centre located in the remote village of Elands, on the Bulga Plateau. The Centre was built by dedicated locals, including women who had completed carpentry training through Wauchope Tafe. The centre was built to provide a safe and central space for Eland’s locals to come and receive visiting medical consultations and treatment, particularly a safe, comfortable and sanitary space for local women to give birth.

Elands and the surrounding region were devastated by the 2019/20 bushfires. Elands Community Health Centre provided an integral marshalling venue for emergency services, families and individuals needing safe refuge when evacuating their homes, and ongoing amenity to those needing shelter and access to resources as they rebuilt their burnt homes.

Elands Community Health Centre has a public access laundry, provides a reception hot-spot for those needing to access the internet and phone service, accommodation to both locals and visitors to the area who need a place to stay, a venue for visiting health practitioners and hosts various community events, markets and fundraisers at minimal cost to their users.

Elands Community Health Centre received a small amount of bush-fire relief funding in mid 2021, and wish to see that money contributed towards the building of an outdoor kitchen facility. The purpose of the outdoor kitchen is to provide cooking and dining facilities for a range of users, including large events, campers and emergency services.

In order to achieve the best outcome for the kitchen build, out(fit) are seeking additional funding to supplement this bush-fire relief grant.


out(fit) are providing architectural and landscape design consultation, and community inclusion facilitation pro-bono to the Elands community.

out(fit) are currently the auspice for the $3000 bush-fire relief funding that ECHS have received and will supplement this with further grants to achieve the best outcome for the community.

Once funding is secured, out(fit) will partner with local industry suppliers and trades (material recyclers, builders, electricians and plumbers), as well as with local families and students to build the kitchen together.

out(fit)’s aim is to build the kitchen WITH the community. Using the project as an opportunity to up-skill local volunteers, showcase the skills of women, and mentoring community advocates through grant funding processes, design project management and construction.

out(fit) believe in meaningful and holistic engagement, resulting in enduring relationships, hands on skill building, and community self-sufficiency.

The expected outcomes of this project are:
- Community members up-skilled in design articulation and construction management.
- Youth inspired by the skills and leadership of women in the Built Environment.
- Foster a culture of volunteerism and philanthropy amongst design and build professionals.
- A safe, functional, hygienic, fire resilient and sustainably built kitchen structure for community and emergency service use.

out(fit) is a collective of volunteers drawn from the architecture, design and construction professions. We undertake community specific projects across the Newcastle, Hunter Region and regional NSW area.

out(fit)’s core mission is to promote and support women and students seeking careers in built environment professions. We do this by engaging in hands-on, design and build projects with underrepresented communities. Our projects focus on spaces for women, children and groups in need. These projects are those which often are not associated with professional design services, but which have a tremendous impact on daily lives.We aim to build strong and enduring relationships with our volunteers, clients and local industry partners. out(fit) is affiliated with the University of Newcastle’s School of Architecture and Built Environment.


Funding sourceAmount
NSW Bush Fire Relief Grant$3,000
Funding gap (unconfirmed)$17,000
Expense itemAmount
Slab/ Base Preperation$2,000
Sub-base drainage$1,500
Guttering + Water Tank$3,000
Recycled Timber (Framing + Cladding)$7,000
Roof Cladding$2,000
Joinery - Benches + Storage$2,000
Electrical + Plumbing$2,500

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