Our two community skills workshops have proved to be
very popular and successful. Misha Prusa was an inspiring
leader at our event management workshops, one of which
was held in the evening and one during the day.
Twenty five people enrolled the day group being
the larger one. Our decision to give people the option
of afternoon or evening certainly paid off, as most
people who enrolled could only come to one or other
This workshop added many new faces to our network,
and extended the networks of those attending. The two
day photography workshop, run with great style by Daniel
Jenkins, attracted a full house of 12, and also brought
new faces to the network.
This focus on bringing people together for a variety
of valuable and immediately useful skills sessions has
been very effective, with more than 30 individuals from
across South Gippsland and, with an age range of 18
to something (dare we say?) approaching 70, taking the
opportunity to work together.
Our participants represent many community groups. Now
our challenge is to focus on the nominated project of
developing resident information kits, so let us know
if you are ready to start!
Contact Ned Dennis at South Gippsland Shire Council
About the Project
The South Gippsland project, based
at Leongatha, aims to develop a set of town and district
specific resident information brochures and kits. Still
in the consultation phase, this project co-ordination
has been taken on by South Gippsland Shire Councils
Community Strengthening staff.
Participants have been encouraged to consider what
information should be included, and on locating groups
that can contribute to the project. Two key networks
that have been consulted are the Councils Community
Development Advisory Committee and the South Gippsland
Town and Districts Associations network.
This discussion phase has been essential to establish
what information publications already exist, or have
existed in recent times. It is clear that a range of
products will be important, and at this stage the preference
is for publications that assist residents, both new
and long term, rather than concentrate on visitors.
Already some valuable unexpected outcomes have occurred
through this low key consultation approach, with some
informal but long standing community support networks
These groups have heard about the WwMB project either
via the other more formal district associations or via
the stories that have appeared in the local press about
One such group is a social support network that developed
from a rural primary school parents club when the school
closed due to lack of students some 20 years ago.
The project now moves into a more formal stage, with
a series of skills workshops being presented over the
next five weeks that are co-sponsored by South Gippsland
Shire Council and WwMB.
These workshops include sessions on using your local
media, practical digital photography and sessions on
community event management.