Community owned

“…the history of the community and the ties in the community; networks, relationships between people are really important…friends and family; many people here have someone who is related to them locally. A lot of the older people in the community, older families, have built a lot of the infrastructure themselves. A good example of that is the AMP society which owns the show grounds, the Race Club owns the aged care facility Allura, and the family support centre is owned by the community, and so is the kindergarten. A need was seen, and so someone went for it.”


“…we were dealing with a real crisis in a family who were getting no money from the government at that point… we gave them Emergency Relief in the form of food… when we talked to them…the father… who had a second family, said that he really appreciated the two weeks that he got to spend with his boys when they were flooded in…they played cricket, and heaps of other ‘hands on’ things…he said that usually he is working over that period on the land, and doesn’t have time… he said that he would in future always set that time aside to spend with his kids…”

Informal space and reasons to meet

“…two practical things, one is to have good meeting places, and the other is to have reasons to connect. It might be for bushfires, it might be Christmas in July, and it might be something because we want to go to a session at the pub to watch a band. It’s a way of people coming together. Most importantly it helps develop relationships, which are most important to develop caring. It is more likely that you will care about someone that you know. Could be the pub, the bench seat outside the shops for men while their wives are shopping, it could be the community hall or the local pub, and it could be the square between two government buildings. A space whether a building or outdoors, that’s something we have lost over time is congregating in communities. Shopping centres have taken that away. Where you sit on the bench and read the paper and you chat to people who come along”

Meeting community needs

“…in 1977, a group of community members matched the government dollar for dollar to get an aged care facility built - Alloura. They fund raised and grew crops to raise an enormous amount of money to get a grant to get it built. It’s been going for over thirty years…”
“…there is still a lot of fundraising and donations for community services, there is a real generosity ability to recognise the need in the community and find a way to meet it…”
“ used to be a thing…the land was donated to build on from a local property and in-kind support…the family support centre is a good example of that… it started as volunteers working out of one little office, sometimes interviewing people in the backs of cars and driving bottled milk out to the blocks of Tara...that’s how it started; they could see people needed assistance. They built other groups from there, like the family day care, and Meals on Wheels…it’s all a part of this community wanting to help itself…”