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About

The Building Community Resilience program is about better connections between people and local neighbourhoods in Bywong and Wamboin.

These connections create a foundation for local safety, sharing local knowledge and help when needed, to ensure living a rural residential life can be a rewarding and sustaining experience in uncertain times.

The program builds on two existing initiatives- the Community Firewise Groups and the public walks program on the greenways.

To support those two initiatives, we plan to offer a community leadership program to help volunteers who may want to lead public walks, offer to be a Firewise convener or to step up in other ways to assist the community.

And finally, we hope to offer a range of other events - talks and social events- to ensure we are able to include everyone who wants to take part.

MORE INFORMATION about the current details of this program are available to DOWNLOAD HERE

Community Firewise
Groups

Neigbhourhood safety networks

Public Walks on the Greenways
Walk, Talk and Connect

Community
Leadership Program

Step Up and Step Out

Other Events
Social, Talks & Workshops

Steering Group

The Program is currently being lead by a local Steering Group of volunteers, whose members are Nora Stewart, Carol Boughton and Tony Cotton. 

The group is making decisions about the program and is accountable to Resilience NSW for the agreed funded program.

 

Two paid positions to implement the Program are currently being advertised.

CONTACT the Program Steering Group by email.

Program Partners

The Program grant application was initiated by the Greenways Renewal Working (GRoW) group, and is supported by the:

 

We thank all our partners for supporting this community program and appreciate everything they do for our communities.

Bywong & Wamboin

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Bywong and Wamboin NSW, are localities in western-most part of the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council local government area,very close to the North-Eastern border of Canberra, ACT. We are located between on the Lake George escarpment with Sutton (West) and Bungendore (East) our closest villages.

We comprise 3,030+ residents with small holdings typically 5-20 acres, classed as a rural residential area.
 
Bywong & Wamboin each have a community hall & community association. We also have a unique network of public walkways through bushland called Greenways, a range of voluntary organisations including the very active local Wamboin Rural Fire Brigade, two pony clubs, Landcare and our organisation, GRoW, among others.

Our locality is a recognised fire-prone area within the Lake George zone of Rural Fire Services.

Our hybrid urban/rural population with no town centre or built environment to indicate a local population means providing services and support to such a scattered population has proven difficult for all levels of government.

Hence, the purpose of this program is to try to offer support to our community at a grassroots level to help improve our individual and community resilience through stronger relationships networks.

PAGE UPDATED 23 August 2021