The Seymour We Want is a not-for-profit incorporated body that encourages positive community development throughout the Seymour area.
TSWW was established by concerned locals after the 1999 Jesuit Social Services Report that identified Seymour as the 10th most disadvantaged town in Victoria and NSW.
A public meeting of about 60 people from diverse organisations rallied and came up with economic, social and sustainable short and long-term achievable goals.
TSWW worked as a clearing house for these ideas.
The main purpose was to foster the development of a community that is environmentally, socially, economically, and culturally attuned and fulfilling.
Our aim was, and still is, to identify the values, needs and aspirations of our residents and other stakeholders, going beyond the bricks and mortar, for now and into the future.
In 2001, TSWW was incorporated and received a Victorian Government grant to employ a community development facilitator for three years.
The five areas of concern were: education and training, arts and culture, economic, environment and health, and wellbeing.
Four years on another Jesuit Service Report (Community Adversity and Resilience 2004), showed that Seymour was now 110th in terms of social disadvantage.
This improvement was thanks to the concerted effort of individuals, organisations and government.
This involved a partnership between TSWW as the facilitator, the Community Support Fund, Mitchell Shire Council and TAFE.
Having a full-time facilitator from 2004 to 2006 and part-time from 2006 to 2007 was vital for the success of the project.
Public consultation in 2004 (with more than 200 people participating) was the source of the Seymour 2015 Community Plan.
TSWW also supported existing and new initiatives from within the community to reach their goals, such as the Seymour Neighbourhood Renewal, the Police Consultative Committee, the Business Retention and Expansion Survey, the University of the Third Age, Community Services Directory, Job and Employment Expo and Getting People Together.
TSWW currently produces a fortnightly enewsletter that has a membership of more than 350 individuals and organisations.
We keep people informed of events, activities and opportunities in Seymour and surrounds.
The recent transformation of our www.seymourvictoria website provides a remarkable service to visitors and locals wanting to enjoy what Seymour has to offer, whether it be our beautiful Goulburn River, our history or our local food and wine.
Our next project is to update our website www.theseymour wewant.org.au and the local directory.
This will be especially useful to new people and those considering moving into the area.
People are invited, as individuals or as a representative of a group, to come to the TSWW AGM at the Senior Citizens Hall, 80 Anzac Ave, Seymour at 7pm on Thursday, May 10.
Join us to explore how we can work together for to benefit our community.
Irene Telford, a relatively new Seymour resident, will share why she and her husband John say ‘‘moving to Seymour has been the best thing’’.
She will also share her ideas on how Seymour might attract more community-minded people and enhance the spirit of goodwill that already exists.
For more information, email [email protected] or phone Pat Coffey on 0411271839.