FRIENDS OF MT CO­LAH

Monthly Chronicle - - The Village Voice - SU­SAN LOW, FOMC SEC­RE­TARY COM­MU­NITY EN­GAGE­MENT

On Sun­day morn­ings, I en­joy brows­ing through the lo­cal news­pa­per. I of­ten see words and phrases, such as ‘com­mu­nity’, ‘get in­volved’ and ‘your opin­ion mat­ters’. I read some of these ar­ti­cles and then flip to the Su­doku puz­zle at the back.

Re­cently, I had a dis­cus­sion with another mem­ber of the Friends of Mount Co­lah (FOMC) group about com­mu­nity ideas. She men­tioned Mount Co­lah and the term “Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment." As I wasn't fully aware of this term, I de­cided to look it up.

Ac­cord­ing to the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment In­sti­tute of Fam­ily Ser­vices, Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment is de­scribed as "peo­ple work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively, through in­spired ac­tion and learn­ing, to cre­ate and re­alise bold vi­sions for their com­mon fu­ture".

I thought about this def­i­ni­tion and how it could ap­ply to Mount Co­lah and the Friends of Mount Co­lah group. What was our bold vi­sion and com­mon fu­ture? I did some fur­ther read­ing and I found some great rea­sons why Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment is so im­por­tant. Here are just a few:

1. Com­mu­nity opin­ions are im­por­tant 2. The more per­spec­tives the bet­ter 3. Com­mu­nity knowl­edge mat­ters 4. Inclusion in de­ci­sions of­ten leads to bet­ter

out­comes 5. In­di­vid­ual and com­mu­nity em­pow­er­ment 6. Greater con­fi­dence for those in de­ci­sion mak­ing.

The FOMC Mis­sion state­ment is: ’Bring­ing the Mount Co­lah com­mu­nity to­gether’. As a com­mu­nity group, we’ve been do­ing this by fa­cil­i­tat­ing var­i­ous events like the FOMC & Hornsby Con­nect Christ­mas Ap­peal’, and most re­cently by host­ing ‘Mount Co­lah's Big­gest Morn­ing Tea May 2017’. These events have been well­re­ceived - but de­spite this recog­ni­tion, I kept ask­ing my­self: “How can we do more for our neigh­bour­hood and com­mu­nity?”

We need your help. We need your opin­ions. We need your com­mu­nity knowl­edge. The more you’re in­cluded in the de­ci­sions that the FOMC group has in their fu­ture ini­tia­tives, the more that we can work to bring the Mount Co­lah com­mu­nity to­gether.

If you have any ideas or thoughts about any­thing re­lated to liv­ing in Mt Co­lah or for more in­for­ma­tion about FOMC, at­tend one of our meet­ings, visit our Face­book page or send us an email: friends.of.mt­co­lah@gmail.com.

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