Rural Aid has got 50 volunteers and staff going to Walgett from the 25th April to the 30th to makeover the town, as part of the Our Towns program. The makeover is part of a Rural Aid Our Towns commitment to Walgett of $100,000 over five years, made possible by Holdmark.
RURAL AID’S Our TOWNS MAKEOVER HAS STARTED
From farmers to council to community
members, they have come together, formulated concepts and organised different
town sectors in preparation to workshop and plan their future.
Each of the Our towns was selected in October 2019 for their vision for their town’s future and their leadership capabilities.
Over the next five years, each town will
receive $100,000 in projects and support to renew their town.
This includes $90,000 spent, over five
years, on materials for maintenance projects identified by the community, that
fits within Rural Aid’s scope of work. If available, materials and trade
expertise will be sourced locally to support local businesses.
Rural Aid’s Farm Army of volunteers, usually
between 50 – 100, will spend a week in the town in the first year working with
the community, also bringing a welcoming financial injection.
The Our Towns Makeover initiative is Rural Aid’s way of supporting small rural communities and highlighting the impact the drought is having on them. Prior to projects and works starting in each town, $10,000 has been allocated for the community to workshop with community change and renewal experts on their ideas for their town’s long-term future and sustainability.
Community members will work with Bank of I.D.E.A.S. Director and Founder, Peter Kenyon and Rural Aid to develop long-term renewal strategies.
Peter Kenyon is both nationally and internationally recognised for
the work he has done for over 35 year with more than 2000 communities in
Australia and overseas. He has helped these communities bring about community
change and renewal for their future.
Like Rural Aid, Peter Kenyon and his team at Bank of I.D.E.A.S.
are interested in ‘making things happen’ at the community level.
When working with a community, Peter Kenyon facilitates to draw
out the expertise of the community members, so they work together to build
their community from the inside out. Peter said for the renewal to be
successfully achieved, each community’s members are required to invest
themselves, ideas, assets and resources in the process.