School back to life at Boweya

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

THE res­ur­rec­tion of the old Boweya School can only en­hance the ham­let’s rep­u­ta­tion as a thriv­ing com­mu­nity.

De­spite the town’s rel­a­tively small size the peo­ple of Boweya main­tain a vi­brant life­style with reg­u­lar gath­er­ings to keep every­one in touch as well a range of com­mu­nity groups to keep peo­ple ac­tive to­gether.

School’s were one of the main so­cial links in sim­i­lar sized ham­lets around the coun­try for gen­er­a­tions but as they have dropped off in use it is fit­ting they are now trans­formed into com­mu­nity cen­tres like the one opened at Boweya on the week­end.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the Be­nalla Ru­ral City and Cathy McGowan (MHR, Indi) for get­ting be­hind the project, which was gen­er­ated and partly funded by Boweya Com­mu­nity Inc.

It shows what can be achieved by a com­mu­nity or a com­mu­nity group if there are en­er­getic, per­sis­tent and com­mit­ted peo­ple in­volved who have the best in­ter­ests of their fam­ily, friends and neigh­bours at heart.

These are also the type of projects that govern­ments at all lev­els, gen­er­ally, are keen to sup­port.

There are many peo­ple who have big ideas that may be very worth­while but gov­ern­ment’s can­not fund them all.

But if govern­ments see a group or com­mu­nity work­ing to­gether for a com­mon goal for which they have re­searched, planned and raised funds, there is a far bet­ter chance of giv­ing their sup­port.

We have many com­mu­ni­ties within the ru­ral city who show the same en­ergy and flair as the cit­i­zens of Boweya who have been equally suc­cess­ful, but if your group or com­mu­nity seems to be miss­ing out, why not check with the grant providers on how it can be done.

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