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11 Jun 2024
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Council to confirm alcohol-free zones
Tesch welcomes progress on Pelican Park playground
Council installs cameras to monitor unpatrolled beach
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Meeting to protect land for use by the community
Practice for probationary fire fighters*
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Rotary club has 'fellowship weekend' in Canowindra*
Council announces completion of Esplanade pathway*
Average June rain falls in one week
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Demolition work expected to start on Monday
Researchers find local events are community lifeblood
Hotel will close for renovations
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Inconsiderate Council shuts down busy footpath
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Woytopia organisers plan 'Funkraiser'
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Two win awards of appreciation*
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Words on the Ripples for primary students*
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St John's teams play in grand finals*
Mandatory meetings for snow excursion
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Uniform shop opens with winter clothing*
You win one, you lose one*
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Bridge point score results for May
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Ettalong Pelicans win State trophy
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Umina surf club presents annual awards



Researchers find local events are community lifeblood

Researchers at the University of South Australia have found that local community events are often the lifeblood of thriving neighbourhoods.

Dr Sunny Son and Dr Chris Krolikowski surveyed almost 400 households in the South Australian coastal area of the City of Holdfast Bay, a local government area of 37,000 people - a similar population to the Peninsula.

According to the pair, who specialise in tourism and event management, their research could have implications for the Peninsula.

They found that people who frequently attended local events or participated as volunteers, organisers or exhibitors, felt connected to their area and that their neighbourhood was important to them.

Those who regularly attended local events - from farmers markets to food festivals, art exhibitions and how-to workshops - were likely to be more satisfied with their neighbourhood and are more willing to live there longer.

While owning a home or living there for a long time were influential factors in a person developing a sense of place, the study found that regularly attending local events had a greater impact on fostering a sense of place than length of residency and home ownership.

Dr Krolikowski said the findings validated the importance of events as crucial components to the social structure of local communities, not just as economic tools.

"These social benefits are particularly important to rebuilding local communities after the pandemic, during which social connections and broader community life were affected by lockdowns and social distancing measures.

"Popular local events can also become attractions for visitors by showcasing the culture of the area.

"By contributing to the uniqueness of places, events are well positioned to play an essential role in developing the tourism sector of urban and regional destinations."

He said: "Local events can assist Woy Woy Peninsula in maintaining and strengthening its local identity, as distinctive to that of other areas.

"Ensuring that residents are able to connect with each other and run events that reflect the distinctive qualities of the place and its community is likely to be of particular value not only to the community, but also to visitors from the surrounding areas and beyond."

Dr Son said: "We still need to further our understanding of the role that events play in social sustainability.

"Understanding how events can help build socially sustainable communities is vital in justifying government investment in local events."

She said: "To maintain the local identity and enhance the sense of place among the residents of the Woy Woy Peninsula, hosting local events would be helpful.

"These events don't need to be large.

"Small but frequent events or gatherings can significantly contribute to building and maintaining a sense of community and place.

"Examples are markets, weekly yoga, book clubs and other small social gatherings.

"The local sense of place is important regardless of regional or urban context, and local community events can contribute to it.

"This research argues that local communities' sense of place is crucial for building strong, socially sustainable and connected communities, as it can lead to better community wellbeing and a better place to live."

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