The Barossa Communities Networking Group, which aims to harness the collective knowledge and expertise of local sub-regional community groups, met for the first time this week. The group comprises individuals who are dedicated to fostering pride and community development in their respective areas.
With a focus on various aspects such as community development, happiness, fellowship, business prosperity, and overall well-being, the Barossa Communities Networking Group will serve as a collaborative platform for these groups to come together regularly and share their passion for their communities. Through this dynamic exchange of ideas, they will explore ways to amplify their collective impact and enhance the prosperity and health of their communities. Talks are currently underway to facilitate similar discussions in the Town of Gawler, Light Regional Council and Adelaide Plains Council areas.
To kickstart this exciting venture, an inaugural Networking Workshop was recently held at Horizon 1837 Restaurant in Lyndoch. Coordinated by Anita Mariani from Regional Development Australia Barossa Gawler Light Adelaide Plains, and expertly facilitated by Jason Vidovich from JVTC Consulting, the event witnessed a great turnout of 20 individuals representing various community groups from across the Barossa council area. Zoe Phillips, Chair of the Southern Barossa Alliance, expressed her delight at the impressive attendance and emphasized the privilege of collaborating with such passionate and energetic community leaders. She also acknowledged the gracious hospitality of Shali and Akash from 1837, who hosted the event and contributed to its success.
The establishment of the group follows the success of the “Power of Story and Local Leadership” workshops run by Chris Sands (renowned co-creator of the UK’s successful Totally Locally campaign) and the Regional Leadership Development Program – both facilitated by RDABGLAP and funded by the Department of Primary Industries and Regions, Government of South Australia.
The Barossa Communities Networking Group signals a significant milestone in fostering collective prosperity, community development, and well-being. As this pilot program unfolds, it is poised to become a shining example of collaboration and innovation, benefiting the entire area.
Zoe Phillips – Southern Barossa Alliance
Fiona Koch – Moculta District History Society
Lyn Stephens – Springton Progress Association
Theo Marks – Angaston Community and Business Alliance
Mark Wheeler – Angaston Community and Business Alliance
glen r johns – Eden Valley Tourism
Debbie Boehm – Williamstown Action Group
Jason Vidovich – JVTC Consulting
Wendy Harvey – Mount Pleasant Progress Association
Simon Taylor – Southern Barossa Alliance
Anita Mariani – Regional Development Australia Barossa Gawler Light Adelaide Plains
Shelley Cox – Tanunda Business Group
Lyn Venning – Williamstown Action Group
Kathryn Schilling – Nuriootpa Futures Associationn
Caroline Lindsay – Nuriootpa Futures Association
Genevieve Hebart – Mount Pleasant Community Association
Sue Barrett – Mount Pleasant Community Association
Anna Glynn – Springton Progress Association
Marianne Fountain – Eden Valley Tourism Association
Robert Leigh – Stockwell Community Association (Not in photo)