This Monday marks when voting ends for round one of the State Government led Fund My Neighbourhood initiative.
This week, people were given the opportunity, through organised workshops across the state, to place up to five votes on their preferred nominated projects to enhance their area.
State government officials were on hand at two regional locations to walk people through the process with more than 10 people showing up at Eudunda and more than a dozen residents seeking help at St Petri Church Hall, Nuriootpa.
For Nuriootpa’s Pauline Gilbert, the workshop meant receiving support from community engagement officer Brett Manuel who helped her to sign in so she could vote on projects passionate to her.
Mrs Gilbert shared with the Barossa Herald how her votes were cast on community projects including, ‘To assist in making the Barossa Valley Community Dementia Friendly’ and ‘The Neighbourhood Inclusion’ initiative.
“They (staff) were very helpful, especially because I had tried at home” without success, she explained.
The dementia project, nominated by Carer’s and Disability Link Inc, works to provide planned training and audit of all relevant Barossa Valley businesses to achieve a standard agreeable to dementia friendly communities.
Their belief is that empowerment, social inclusion and independence, bring about an enhanced quality of life to those impacted by Dementia.
The group further believe that the inclusion of the person living with dementia into the daily “norms” of this community, benefits the individual and the community as a whole.
The Neighbourhood Inclusion project aims to bring to the community, interactive speakers – who are specialists in their fields of autism, behaviour management, dementia, gut health and mindfulness.
Voting on this initiative will bring these speakers to the Barossa, across the months and to benefit all ages –all for free.
If you haven’t already placed a vote, be sure to visit the Fund My Neighbourhood website.
Voting ends, Monday, November 20 at 5pm.