The Centre for Rural Communities’ vision is of people and place existing in harmony.
In recent years the Centre has become primarily self funded through small consultancies and copyright payments (for published works used by academic institutions).
The Centre has recently:
- co funded the development of the Goongerah Food Co-operative
- produced an environmental sustainability kit for East Gippsland Shire
- supported and assisted the Nowa Nowa Men’s Shed to obtain funding (the Shed is now auspiced by the Nowa Nowa Community Health Centre)
- Funded participants to attend 2 rural conferences
- co funded attendance and presentation at the London Red Cross Conference on Resilience of Communities
- co funded the Women on Farms Gathering
- supported and co funded (with Regional Development Victoria) the (f)route social enterprise
- prepared a feasibility study for the education centre at Lake Tyers
- Undertaken a consultancy on an Orbost Tip Shop
- auspiced funding for a community group in Mallacoota
- auspiced funding for a local music festival
The Centre for Rural Communities continues to seek out opportunities to work with rural communities toward social, environmental and economic well being.
An East Gippsland committee has been formed to begin planning for the Centre’s next phase of development.
We think this is an exciting time for the Centre, and a great time to attract new people to this amazing organisation. As past participants in Study Circles or in the Graduate Diploma studies we know how valuable the skills and resources that the Centre provides are.
The Centre welcomes new ideas about new directions. Learning, listening, teaching, sharing ideas.
Online, offline, on the beach, in the forest – diversity of membership and local ownership of planning has been the key to the Centre’s success.
If you would like to be a part of this Committee, or nominate to be a member of the Centre’s Board then please contact Helen Sheil by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 03 5155 7218.