Coun­cil to host build­ing ex­pert

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Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil, in part­ner­ship with In­tereach is invit­ing res­i­dents to at­tend an in­spir­ing ses­sion with renowned In­ter­na­tional Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Prac­tioner, Jim Diers.

Jim’s com­mu­nity pre­sen­ta­tions are de­signed to con­nect, mo­ti­vate and empower res­i­dents to en­gage with their com­mu­ni­ties and the de­ci­sions that af­fect their lives.

Jim is a leader in com­mu­nity plan­ning with over 40 years ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing to sup­port car­ing, in­clu­sive and pow­er­ful com­mu­ni­ties.

Jim has a life­time of ex­pe­ri­ence in the de­vel­op­ment of com­mu­ni­ties hav­ing served as the found­ing di­rec­tor of the City of Seat­tle’s De­part­ment of Neigh­bour­hoods be­tween 1988 and 2002. Since then, he has con­tin­ued his work in com­mu­nity or­gan­is­ing and de­vel­op­ment at the Univer­sity of Wash­ing­ton as well as serv­ing on the fac­ulty of the As­setBased Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment In­sti­tute.

Jim uses real-life ex­am­ples of ex­cit­ing and in­no­va­tive projects that he has been in­volved in across the world, show­cas­ing com­mu­ni­ties that have used a strengths-based ap­proach to over­come so­cial and eco­nomic bar­ri­ers.

“Res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to come along and hear about grass­roots projects that have taken place in com­mu­ni­ties, just like ours, by the com­mu­nity,” said Mayor Pat Bourke.

“We hope this will en­cour­age lo­cal groups and in­di­vid­u­als to learn more about how they can get their own projects up and run­ning. ”

This is the third time Jim Diers has vis­ited the area, with com­mu­nity pre­sen­ta­tions in 2012 and 2015.

“The ses­sions Jim de­liv­ered in the past were ex­tremely well at­tended by the com­mu­nity and projects such as the Com­mu­nity Gar­den in Corowa were in­spired by Jim’s ses­sion,” Mayor Bourke said.

“We are re­ally pleased to wel­come Jim back again to work with our com­mu­nity.”

From com­mu­nity groups, schools, sport­ing clubs or busi­nesses, Jim will re-en­er­gize pas­sion for your com­mu­nity and pro­vide in­spir­ing ways to get your com­mu­nity to lead, plan and de­liver projects.

The Com­mu­nity Pre­sen­ta­tion is open to any­one in­ter­ested in mak­ing things hap­pen in their com­mu­nity!

The event is on Mon­day, July 30 from 9.00 am to 11.00 am in the Lone Pine Room at the Corowa RSL Club. En­try is free with a light lunch also in­cluded.

Book­ings are es­sen­tial and can be done by ei­ther call­ing Coun­cil on (02) 6033 8999 or book­ing on­line at https://www.eventbrite.­mu­nity-pre­sen­ta­tion-jim-dier­sneigh­bour-power-tick­ets-47909079346.

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