Community ideas for a better town

JEAN Warburton was working to help members in her community be more connected long before she'd ever heard the word “connectedness”.

A stalwart volunteer with youth and seniors organisations, Mrs Warburton was among about 20 people who attended a forum on Tuesday to hear the results of a community survey which looked at health and well-being in the Kyogle community.

The forum was organised by community organisation Active Kyogle and the North NSW Local Health Network.

Finding common themes among a range of survey responses, the group identified that breathing new life into community halls, finding local solutions to transport problems, and reinvigorating a sense of local community would improve the health and well-being of Kyogle residents.

“I was very excited with the outcome of the forum,” Uta Dietrich, from the health network, said.

“(The group) clearly identified what they like about Kyogle, what the strengths are about the town and what Active Kyogle and the wider community could do to make it a better place to live.”

The community survey on which the forum discussion was based was undertaken by students from Kyogle High School, and sought perceptions and suggestions about “being active, eating healthy and what it is like to live (in Kyogle)”.

One strategy considered to achieve greater “connectedness” and reinvigorate a local sense of community was to establish a “phone-tree”, so news of local events, transport opportunities and social opportunities could be better disseminated.



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