A new community initiative has started in the suburb of Redan to find out what locals have to say about the area and encourage new ideas for the future.
This initiative is being run by not-for-profit Make a Change Australia, supported by the City of Ballarat and a number of other local organisations. Make a Change works with people and communities across Victoria and beyond, to support and encourage positive change.
“We are here to listen and learn from people who live, work, play, shop and even socialise in the Redan area, starting with getting out and about, asking people What they reckon on a range of topics” says Karen Corr of Make a Change.
Some of the questions being asked include: What makes Redan tick? What are its hidden treasures? What’s wanted and needed by local residents?
Everyone is welcome in this discussion and can participate in many ways. For this, a series of online platforms have been set up including a survey that can be completed, as well as a blog page and Facebook post that can be commented on. There are also suggestion boxes in the area, including at the Redan Post Office, where people can complete a printed version of the survey.
Locals can get in touch from now until March to make their opinion known. “There are no right or wrong answers, personal opinions are gold in discussions, as change starts with communication” says Karen.
Many people are already contributing to this community wide conversation:
Lou Ridsdale of Food is Free Inc says the people of Redan are the hidden treasure. She has lots of ideas for the future including “more green activities, more community bonding, more initiatives like free street libraries”.
Michael Flynn from Sports Central says some of the hidden treasures include “the people, community, recreation facilities and open spaces”. He’d like to see “a greater identity for Redan, build leadership and create a hub next to the CBD”.
Angela Quin from Phoenix College says she’d like to see “positive community events and facilities for a range of uses”.
Ballarat Mayor Cr Samantha McIntosh encourage Redan residents to have their say in how they want their suburb to look and feel into the future.
“This is a fantastic initiative which will allow residents to have input into the future of Redan.”
There are many ways to get involved including:
– Complete a survey at the Redan Post Office
For more information and media inquiries contact Karen Corr, 0419 006 243 or [email protected]
This program is only made possible with the vital support of the City of Ballarat and the following local organisations :