Heath­cote on cen­tre stage


AD­VANCE Heath­cote was one of four com­mu­nity groups se­lected from across Aus­tralia to present at the 2018 Fu­ture of Lo­cal Govern­ment Sum­mit in Mel­bourne re­cently. The sum­mit cel­e­brated lo­cal groups who are lead­ing the way in driv­ing their com­mu­nites for­ward, and how they’re do­ing it.

The group was nom­i­nated by City of Greater Bendigo’s Deb Simp­son, co­or­di­na­tor for strong com­mu­ni­ties, and se­lected and in­vited by the Mu­nic­i­pal As­so­ci­a­tion of Vic­to­ria.

The fo­cus was on ‘the game has changed, now it’s about: Com­mu­nity-led gov­er­nance (Com­mu­nity co-lead­er­ship and co-de­sign) co­op­er­a­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween com­mu­nity and coun­cil’.

There were pre­sen­ta­tions from lo­cal gov­ern­ments, cor­po­ra­tions and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions from around Aus­tralia and the world.

Heath­cote was up there on the stage with them — not bad for a small com­mu­nity.

San­dra Slat­ter and Sher­rie Coote added their bit of ‘in­cred­i­ble’ by telling the au­di­ence how Ad­vance Heath­cote, the fa­cil­i­ta­tors/ en­ablers of the Com­mu­nity Plan, has de­vel­oped an over­ar­ch­ing phi­los­o­phy of as­set-based com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment (com­mu­nity ca­pac­ity build­ing).

They ex­plained Ad­vance Heath­cote’s com­mu­nity plan­ning process and how through its plan, the com­mu­nity has de­cided what is im­por­tant and what they want in Heath­cote to con­tinue to make it a great place to live.

The pre­sen­ta­tion was met with many nods, smiles and ac­knowl­edge­ments from around the room.

“We felt proud to live in Heath­cote and tell our story of re­newal and amaz­ing de­vel­op­ments be­ing ini­ti­ated and ac­com­plished over the past five years,’’ Sher­rie said.

‘‘How our col­lec­tive pas­sions, skills, part­ner­ships and col­lab­o­ra­tions are mak­ing our vi­sions and dreams be­come a re­al­ity by tran­si­tion­ing Heath­cote to a healthy, vi­brant, re­silient and en­ter­pris­ing com­mu­nity and econ­omy. I hope our story will in­spire and in­flu­ence other lo­cal gov­ern­ments to sup­port small ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties to pros­per.”

We felt proud to live in Heath­cote and tell our story of re­newal and amaz­ing de­vel­op­ments - Sher­rie Coote

Ad­vance Heath­cote’s San­dra Slat­ter and Sher­rie Coote at the sum­mit in Mel­bourne.

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