During the month of May Gwydir Shire Council held two new resident nights, the first in Bingara on Wednesday 16th May with over 50 participants, 23 of whom identified as being new to the shire.
The majority of these new residents were in the over 50s age bracket, many of whom relocated to Bingara after visiting the town as free campers.
The second was held in Warialda on Thursday the 17th May with over 30 participants 7 of whom have made the move to Warialda for both work and retirement.
Community groups and service agencies from across the shire were also on hand to help welcome our newest residents. Representatives from over 20 different groups’ attended the two functions and provided key information on services offered within the shire, or a friendly invite to join one of the many social and special interest groups.
The new resident’s evenings are the perfect opportunity for new residents to meet others in the same circumstances,” said Georgia Standerwick Marketing and Promotions Team Leader for Gwydir Shire Council.
“Over the last couple of years we have started to notice an influx of new residents to the area. This initiative provides an opportunity for people who are new to town to come along and meet some of the councilors, learn about the town, where they can get information or assistance, meet other people in the town and generally feel welcomed by the community so they know we genuinely care about the fact that they have made the move to our town.
“It is really important that new residents feel welcome in the community and understand the great opportunities available here.”
Both evenings were very well received and gained lots of positive feedback from both community groups and new residents.