Eight successful small towns to star in Rural Aid program

Rural Aid is less than one week away from rolling out a digital red carpet to showcase eight Aussie communities that have turned their town around.  

Rural Aid will do so via its hugely popular Community Builders webinar series which returns in 2021 with an initial focus on the “reinvention of small towns.” 

The 2021 webinars start next Thursday (February 11), at 4pm AEDT time.  

Webinars will feature everyday Aussies from the following towns, who were brave enough to shoot for the stars to reinvent their region, and passionate enough to see it through. 

Location Date Reinventing a small town through…  
Norseman, WA 11th February Positive first impressions  
Mount Magnet, WA 18th February Indigenous Badimaya culture and heritage 
Sheffield, TAS 25th February Murals and public art 
Donald, VIC 4th March Ignoring the remote label with enterprise 
Indi (electorate), VIC 11th March Local power and energy initiatives 
Horsham, VIC 18th March Revitalizing the country show 
Junee, NSW 25th March Entrepreneurial value adding local agricultural products 
Leeton, NSW 1st April Making the most of the assets in your town 

Rural Aid CEO, John Warlters, said he was excited to see such an engaging line-up to kick start 2021.  

“The Community Builders webinars are an invaluable resource to people wanting to renew their small town. I’d encourage anyone with an interest in keeping their rural community vibrant and energised, to sign up.” 

The webinars form part of Rural Aid’s Stronger Futures program launched in June which sought to do as the name suggested – help create stronger futures for farming families and their towns by providing wellbeing support, assisting with community sustainability and knowledge sharing. 

In the first episode, Peter Fitchat, the CEO of the Dundas shire, will detail the steps Norseman locals took to entice visitors 7.5 hours east of Perth to visit their community. The town of fewer than 600 people has worked hard to ensure tourists’ first impressions of Norseman are positive, and powerful.  

Off the back of the success of the 2020 series, Peter Kenyon from the Bank of IDEAS will lead each webinar with his endless knowledge on small towns.  Lyndsey Douglas will expertly host the hour-long sessions.  

Registering once ensures you will be notified ahead of each webinar. Register now at: https://my.demio.com/ref/RUGroFy8QM6JQC4d    

For more information, contact Rural Aid media on 0447 116 757 or media@ruralaid.org.au