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Warracknabeal to welcome newcomers

WARRACKNABEAL Action Group are getting ready to host a Welcome to Warracknabeal evening for new residents to the 3393 postcode.

WAG are hoping to make this an annual event each March to help new people to the town.

Warracknabeal has held “welcome” events in the past, however the idea has been revived by newly returned local Adrienne Kreegher.

Adrienne is the daughter of the late Neville and Judith Marshman.

Ms Kreegher bought the idea of welcome packs to a recent WAG meeting and the idea was well received and the Welcome to Warracknabeal evening revived.

“I came across a Facebook post from someone last year, who was wanting to move to the country and mentioned about  welcome packs, this got me thinking – what does Warracknabeal have?

“In my situation,  I grew up here, but things change over the years, systems are different.

“Having a home business, there were a few things that I needed to find out and knowing where to go to was not easy at first,”  Ms Kreegher said.

A sub-committee has been formed to coordinate this event and the group are establishing welcome packs to distribute throughout the year as new residents move into the area.

These packs will contain Warracknabeal district information as well as items to help new residents settling in to a new area.

New residents are encouraged to complete the post card in the pack which gives residents a chance to identify community groups they wish to interact with within the community.

The postcards can then be returned to specially marked boxes at the Warracknabeal Information Centre or Yarriambiack Shire Office in Lyle Street, Warracknabeal.

From there a member of WAG will help connect the resident to the services and activities that are of interest or need to them.

The packs will be distributed through Elders and North West Real Estate, Rural North West Health and Woodbine Inc.  

The committee invites the community to actively participate in the project and asks that if anyone knows of someone moving into the area who may not have gone through the aforementioned businesses and organisations, to contact Adrienne Kreegher on 0438 014 735 or connect with Warracknabeal Action Group.

Committee member Melissa Evans said they want to provide the chance for residents to connect with the community in a meaningful way that makes them feel welcome.

“Our hope is to connect with everyone, and not a select few,” Mrs Evans said.