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Connect Warrnambool launches

News Article Date: 
Friday, 11 September 2015

Warrnambool has a new meeting place.

Connect Warrnambool is an online meeting place that offers residents a new way to meet, communicate and connect.

An initiative of Warrnambool City Council and Regional Development Victoria, Connect Warrnambool will create an online community supported by a purpose-built website and Facebook page that works like a virtual community noticeboard.

The concept provides Warrnambool residents with a new way to find out about local activities and events, get involved in community activities and volunteering opportunities, or simply ask questions about what’s happening in Warrnambool.

Warrnambool Mayor Cr Michael Neoh said the information on Connect Warrnambool would be created and driven by residents.

“Our residents will really be the ones to drive the site. Hundreds of clubs and organisations are on the website, and will be the ones having the Facebook conversations,” Cr Neoh said.

“They will be helping provide, discuss and exchange information.

“The website includes a directory of local groups and clubs and the Facebook page provides each of them with a huge platform to share and distribute information to the wider community.”

Cr Neoh said Connect Warrnambool was building a stronger and more connected community for the good times and also times when we may need to pitch in and help one another.

“It’s well-recognised that rural and regional communities have a ‘can-do’ attitude.

“They are resilient. As places grow some of this connection can be lost – Connect will make sharing of information, resources, skills and opportunities easy.

“We heard only a few weeks ago from world-renowned demographer, and former South West resident Bernard Salt, that if a community is well-connected, with thriving social networks, and its residents are prepared to look out for and after each other in good times, then they are more likely to do the same in a crisis.

“In some ways, this might sound a bit far-fetched. But we’re recognising that online is the common communication tool.”
Connect Warrnambool was made possible with state and local government funding.

Cr Neoh said the plan was that Connect Warrnambool would not only be a common online place for residents to interact and share; “it will actually enable people to help one another.”

Glenelg Shire Council is also participating in the pilot project and will be launching its own website and Facebook page.

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