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Our People Our Stories project celebrates community

Our People Our Stories
The Gin Gin Women's Woodworking Guild is featured as part of the Our People Our Stories project. Photo: Emma Woodbright Photography

Residents from across the region will share their stories and create positive conversations as part of a Bundaberg Regional Council initiative that celebrates the local community.

The Our People Our Stories project not only highlights residents through profile postcards, it also offers workshops for community members to connect, share their tales and explore ways that strengthen and increase community bonds and trust.

“Having positive connections with others who acknowledge our contribution is important in feeling a sense of belonging to the places and spaces where we live and work,” Community Services portfolio spokesperson Cr Tracey McPhee said.

“This project aims to build community capacity, highlight the diversity of our region and explore the stories and people that make our towns so unique.”

Council will showcase the 50 profile postcards, which feature residents who have been nominated by community members, on Facebook and across the region throughout the next few months.

Our People Our Stories
Childers resident Doreen Cole will feature in one of the profile postcards. Photo: Beck Blakemore Photography

“These postcards honour our quiet achievers, unique characters and community heroes,” Cr McPhee said.

“They are part of an initiative that our Community Development officers have been working hard to create to help instil a sense of pride in the community and an understanding that we all have a different story to share.

“The Our People, Our Places initiative highlights what makes our community a beautiful place to live, work and play.”

With funding received from the government Thriving Cohesive Communities grant, a series of workshops have also been planned across the region to bring locals together to start positive conversations and connections.

“These workshops are all about encouraging residents to get together in an informal setting, share their stories and explore what it means to be a community,” Cr McPhee said.

The workshops will be held in Bundaberg, at the Bundaberg Cultural Centre from 10 am to noon on Tuesday, 27 July and again from 5 pm to 7 pm on Tuesday, 10 August.

The Childers workshops will kick off on Thursday, 29 July from 10 am to noon at the Isis Cultural Centre Supper room and again on Thursday, 12 August from 5 pm to 7 pm.

Gin Gin will host the workshops at the Community Hub on Friday, 20 July from 10 am to noon and again on Friday, 13 August from 5 pm to 7 pm.

Gin Gin resident Joe Mate has been featured as part of the Our People Our Stories project. Photo: Emma Woodbright Photography

The Queensland Government, Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors – Thriving Cohesive Communities (TCC) grant round provides funding for projects that strengthen family and community connection.

This funded project will form part of the Queensland Government’s social cohesion program to build cohesive and resilient communities and foster a strong sense of belonging.

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