Net­work dis­bands

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Wim­mera In­for­ma­tion Net­work lead­ers have thanked the com­mu­nity for its sup­port over al­most four decades after wind­ing up oper­a­tions.

The re­gional data­base com­prises the de­tails of more than 3000 non-profit com­mu­nity groups, clubs, or­gan­i­sa­tions and ser­vices in the five mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties that make up the Wim­mera, Grampians and Mallee.

In­terim chair­man Barry Laird said the net­work was es­tab­lished in 1979 and over­seen by a vol­un­teer com­mit­tee of man­age­ment.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate the many years of sup­port from Horsham Ru­ral City Coun­cil, sur­round­ing coun­cils and the com­mu­nity as we have pro­vided an online data­base to the Wim­mera, Grampians and Mallee com­mu­ni­ties plus a printed direc­tory to Horsham Ru­ral City res­i­dents,” he said.

“We are proud of the way we have been able to use com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion to con­nect com­mu­ni­ties.”

Mr Laird said the net­work dis­banded after the Horsham coun­cil de­cided to work with a new provider, My Com­mu­nity Direc­tory, to pro­mote ac­tiv­i­ties across the re­gion. With­out coun­cil fund­ing, the net­work will not have the re­sources to op­er­ate.

“To en­sure the data­base that has been de­vel­oped over many years will con­tinue, we have agreed to trans­fer the WIN Wim­mera Grampians and Mallee online data­base to the Horsham coun­cil,” Mr Laird said.

He said or­gan­i­sa­tions would have an op­por­tu­nity to be part of the new online com­mu­nity direc­tory.

Mr Laird said the com­mit­tee ac­knowl­edged the com­mit­ment of late chair­man Don Johns and sec­re­tary Ju­dith Bysouth.

“Both were the main­stay of this out­stand­ing com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion ser­vice,” he said.

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