Power for the people is the community’s dream

July 13, 2017

Facilitator Claire Flanigan Smith addressing moderators and scribes on the Echuca Loddon Campaspe workshop night

A COMMUNITY-OWNED solar farm, on-demand community transport and funding another toddler visit are some of the projects mooted for the Campaspe region.

They were among the top-voted ideas at the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership workshop in Echuca on Thursday night.

Thirty people attended the workshop which discussed and debated priority projects that will help to strengthen the region, support its communities and help its businesses grow.

Nineteen people voted to develop a community-owned solar farm, create on-demand community transport similar to Uber and fund at least an extra ‘key age and stage’ (between ages two and 3.5) visit by the maternal child health nurse.

Echuca agricultural consultant and partnership member Kate Burke said participants were committed to renewable energy, whether through harnessing power through solar farms or community driven transport sharing.

‘‘It’s about empowering the community to lead their own changes,’’ she said.

‘‘Transport is one of the biggest disadvantages of living in the country, compared to Melbourne. There is a lack of accessible transport for kids.’’

Ms Burke said participants were also passionate about extending existing programs for babies and school-aged children and supporting disadvantaged and vulnerable children.

Some ideas included having retired and semi-retired people mentor young families as ‘grandparents’, teaching them life skills and self-belief. Ms Burke said workshop ideas would be fed to the Bendigo Assembly on August 17.

The Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership works closely with government and business to ensure funding from the 2017-18 Victorian Budget is directed to priority projects the Loddon Campaspe community believe are most important for its future.

For more about the partnership and Bendigo Assembly, visit

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