Cr David Bowe: Reconnecting with community

It’s great to see our municipality getting out and about despite the current challenges due to the sheer amount of sickness in the community, either COVID, the flu or other viruses.

I understand some people are still nervous about getting back out in a safe way and will get out and about when they’re ready.

Recently I’ve been attending some great events.

One of those was the Horsham Rural City Band “Big Band Bash show” at Horsham Town Hall. This was an excellent opportunity to see local talent performing for their community. Wilbur Wilde the Australian saxophonist, television personality and radio presenter attended the show and I also enjoyed seeing photos showing the 150-year history of the Band, playing on the big screen on stage.

Another highlight was the grand opening of the new Yangga Dyata – Walking on Country Silo that featured street projections and performances from indigenous artists.

Also in May and June, there have recognition days/weeks for National Volunteers Week (16-22 May), Wear Orange Wednesday for the SES (18 May) and Thank a First Responders Day (8 June).

I want to say a huge “thanks” to all involved, for everything you do and commitment and service to the community, over the years, today and every day.

I very much look forward to more upcoming events and opportunities to connect and engage with the community.

We have faced many challenges over the past couple of years with many things put on hold.

But it’s pleasing to see Wimmera Regional Library Corporation getting in the spirit of the statewide Return Yourself to the Library campaign.

The aim is to get people to return to their old routine of visiting the library where there is a wide variety of services and experiences to benefit from.

I was also delighted to hear that Horsham Urban Landcare will be launching a Repair Cafe at the Senior Citizens Hall, 17 Roberts Avenue, on Saturday, 25 June, from 2pm to 5pm.

I attended a Repair Cafe information session in early 2020, just after the initiative received a Community Grant from Council to help its inception. Its kick off was ultimately delayed by the pandemic.

The Repair Cafe is a great community initiative and it’s fantastic that you can take a broken item from home along with the replacement part or material, and get help to fix it. At the Repair Cafe, you work with a volunteer to help you or talk you through any repairs or show you the necessary tools.

I look forward to going, as it is a great starting point for social connection, meeting new people, enjoying pleasant conversations, learning new skills, or sharing your talents.

The aim of Council’s Community Grants and Donations Program is that it encourages innovation and supports community groups to be the best they can be. The Repair Café is a great example of this

Finally, I hope families enjoy the school holidays. To see what’s on in Horsham, check out HRCC’s list of events.

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