Kick­start for Tungamah com­mu­nity plan

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

More than a dozen peo­ple from the Tungamah com­mu­nity have come to­gether to cre­ate a Tungamah Kick­start com­mit­tee to shape the fu­ture of the town and launch a com­mu­nity plan that gives the com­mu­nity greater own­er­ship of plans for the area.

Tungamah Kick­start will be hold­ing a Fam­ily Day and Com­mu­nity Plan launch on Sun­day, Feb­ru­ary 11 from 9am to 12.30pm at Lions Park in Tungamah to re­lay the pur­pose of the plan to the com­mu­nity.

A free BBQ brunch, kids and sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, lo­cal dis­plays, a con­cert by lo­cal stu­dents and live en­ter­tain­ment will all be pro­vided on the day.

Tungamah Kick­start pres­i­dent Paul Side- bot­tom said the com­mu­nity needed to work to­gether to en­sure the fu­ture of the town.

“Tungamah is a vi­brant ru­ral com­mu­nity where fam­i­lies thrive in a friendly en­vi­ron­ment and vis­i­tors are wel­come to en­joy our as­sets both old and new,” Paul said.

“A few of us have come to­gether over the years to dis­cuss ways to en­sure the fu­ture of our town and in the last few months we have come up with a com­mit­tee and a plan.

“We have nu­mer­ous strate­gies in place re­lat­ing to com­mu­nity and recre­ation, tourism and econ­omy, in­fra­struc­ture, de­vel­op­ment, her­itage and en­vi­ron­ment to en­sure each sec­tion is main­tained and de­vel­oped and the com­mu­nity are the ones in the know with it all.”

In the Tungamah Com­mu­nity Plan book­let the com­mit­tee said they be­lieve lo­cal peo­ple are al­ways the best source of knowl­edge and wis­dom around their sur­round­ings which is why the plan was cre­ated in the first place. The com­mu­nity plan aims to: En­sure that res­i­dents have a shared vi­sion, view and un­der­stand­ing of the towns pri­or­i­ties

De­velop pri­or­i­ties that are fo­cused on sus­tain­able out­comes that are im­ple­mentable

Re­flect a com­mu­nity plan­ning process based on the val­ues of democ­racy, trust, eq­uity, so­cial jus­tice, open­ness, mu­tual re­spect, col­lab­o­ra­tion and in­clu­sion

Recog­nise that com­mu­nity mem­bers have the de­sire and knowl­edge to con­trib­ute to de­ci­sion mak­ing in their com­mu­nity

Recog­nise that com­mu­ni­ties want to be worked with rather than worked on by all sec­tors in which they en­gage.

There is also a re­view process in place so each step of the plan will be un­der­taken re­al­is­ti­cally and ef­fi­ciently over the course of six months to five years with the town’s best in­ter­ests at heart.

If you are a Tungamah res­i­dent and would like to be­come more in­volved in your com­mu­nity make sure to make your way to Lions Park on Sun­day, Feb­ru­ary 11 from 9am to hear the Tungamah Com­mu­nity Plan and en­joy a fam­ily fun day with other mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

The Tungamah Kick­start com­mit­tee will hold a Fam­ily Fun Day and Com­mu­nity plan launch at Lions Park on Feb­ru­ary 11.

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