Wide Bay Kids has released the Welcome to Bundaberg magazine, a new annual publication geared towards making the region’s newest residents feel at home.
Described as a community connection project, Welcome to Bundaberg was developed by Wide Bay Kids Community Incorporated to bring the region to support new and existing residents.
From a welcome pack, magazine, website and application Welcome to Bundaberg features resources to assist people in finding a home and job, connecting across neighbourhoods and navigating Bundaberg’s diverse business and industry landscape.
Welcome to Bundaberg also assists businesses and industry with new tools to support their new resident employees.
Angela Stedman from Wide Bay Kids said moving to a new place was an exciting adventure but could also be overwhelming and isolating, especially for new residents who may not know anyone in the area.
“Welcome to Bundaberg aims to help those people feel like they belong in our community,” she said.
“Issue one of the Welcome to Bundaberg magazine was released in August, with 10,000 copies printed and distributed to locations around the region.”
“Something we've added to this magazine is the road to relocating.
“It's seven steps to feel like you belong.
“We run through the different stages that people go through when they're thinking about moving to a new place and then after they arrive, what sort of things they can try and do within that community.”
Angela said when looking at information for the magazine, it was really apparent to them that there were three details new citizens wanted to know.
“People want to know where the neighbourhoods are,” she said.
“They're also looking for a place to educate their children.
“And they are looking for health care providers.
“We've included all of these topics in this magazine.”
“The magazine is published annually with the next edition hitting the shelves July next year,” Angela said.
“It's available at the Bundaberg and District Neighbourhood Centre, some counselling facilities, real estates, schools and day-care centres.
“You can also view the magazine online.”
The Welcome to Bundaberg magazine is free and more information about the project can be found here.