The nominees for Gloucester’s Projects of the Year 2016.
Domestic and Family Violence
The Bucketts Way Neighbourhood Group created a project to bring attention and raise awareness of Domestic and Family Violence in the Gloucester region.
The project reviewed locally based resources and implemented actions with the assistance of Kim Wiesner, the community development worker.
The CWA studied the topic across NSW and with a visit from the NSW Police Domestic Liaison Officer, a plan formulated to seek community involvement.
Key activities included: 2015 Gloucester Rugby League trainers and 2016 League players wear the white ribbon logo and message on their game day uniforms; Gloucester Men’s Shed construct 80 white crosses used in a cemetery at Billabong Park reflecting the deaths of women and young children from domestic violence for White Ribbon Day; a walk was held down Church Street to the cemetery along with the White Ribbon oath and a display was made on Church Street.
Bob Tebbet was the initiator and driving force behind the 2015 and 2016 Gloucester Tree Change Weekends in conjunction with the Gloucester Uniting Church.
These weekends promoted Gloucester as a place to live and work as individuals and families, and a place to set up and grow a business.
After a community meeting, Destination Gloucester was formed.
They attended the NSW Regional Expo to promote the Gloucester Tree Change Weekends, a key strategy to attract city dwellers to country locations with 66 feedback forms returned, 30 couples advising they would attend the Tree Change Weekend and seven couples indicating interest in starting a business in Gloucester.
The Lions Club of Gloucester were instrumental in the construction of an undercover, all weather, double plated electric barbecue with a time delay light for evening use.
The project took over 18 months in conjunction with council, bricklayer Col Beattie, Bucketts Way Electrical and the Gloucester Men’s Shed, with some materials donated by Trellis Earthmoving.
Funding came from AGL and Holiday Coast Credit Union grants, along with money raised at community barbecues and Bingo.
The Rotary Club of Gloucester has been instrumental in the installation of the Gloucester Rotary Fitness Community Trail in the Gloucester Park.
The trail has a number of exercise stations with varied pieces of equipment. Use is free, safe and is accessible to all residents and visitors to town. The Club had to raise around $26,000 for each station.
They’re working to install two more after positive community feedback.