Nicole Hunter has already sunk her teeth into her role as Coonabarabran’s first community development coordinator.
Commencing her new position on Monday, 7 November, Mrs Hunter said she was looking forward to working with the local community.
“There are so many local volunteer and community groups in Coonabarabran that I haven’t met yet,” Mrs Hunter said.
“I did meet a lot during my recent council campaign, which was a great start, but I am keen to get started and learn about the range of the interests that are catered for in the town.”
The community development coordinator position is managed by 2357 Partnerships Incorporated.
It is based on a similar model operating in towns across the shire, such as Liz Cutts who reports to the Baradine and District Progress Association.
The coordinator works 10 hours a week, funded by Warrumbungle Shire Council, and plays a key role in fostering resilience and sustainability within the communities of the 2357 postcode.
However, Mrs Hunter said there was a boundary to her role.
“My position is about working with groups - facilitating and helping with planning, and then sourcing funding,” she said.
“Everyone needs to start with a plan.
“They need to have a specific idea of where they want go and how they will develop their group.
“They also need to have an understanding about the issues that might affect their organisation or volunteer group, because we do live in a small, rural, regional area.”
Once the framework has been formed, Mrs Hunter said they could then look to funding opportunities.
“It’s really about identifying what the group is about first and then determining what they want to achieve.
“If a group is seeking funding for project infrastructure, sporting infrastructure or to help volunteers, as funding becomes available, if I know what they’re really looking at doing and what their long-term plans are, then I can better facilitate their plans.
“The job is also about networking and having our local groups come together.
“Rather than reinventing the wheel, by sharing information with one another we can find that something that works for one group may work perfectly for another.”
To contact Nicole Hunter, email 2357Partnership@gmail.com or look for “2357 Partnerships Incorporated” on Facebook.
Coonabarabran community development coordinator, Nicole Hunter, met with locals at the Warrumbungle Health and Community Services Expo on Wednesday, 9 November.