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Reinvention of Small Towns

A Rural Aid initiative, brought to you by Holdmark


Rural Aid is (virtually) heading to the Wild West, and we want you to join the ride! Rural Aid wants to provide proactive solutions and inspiration for the people who “get stuff done” in rural Australia; we call those people the community builders.

Registrations are filling fast for the popular fourth series of Community Builder Live Chats. These chats follow on from the successful 2020 series and are a must for anyone looking to breathe new life into their region, small town or country community.

Eight weekly instalments will make up the free “Reinvention of Small Towns” series, showcasing towns that have cracked the code of renewing and reinvigorating their country community.

Starting February and running weekly on Thursdays at 4PM, see the below list of upcoming live chat topics and featured towns;

MURAL MAGIC: Painting a positive future

Forget MONA- A living, breathing, art gallery is now the talk of Tasmania.

Find out how to turn country lanes into mural Meccas, through hard work and a keen eye.

Sheffield, TAS
SWEET SUCCESS: A small town bakes themselves back into business

Cooking up a plan for your town’s future after a vital industry collapse, is no easy feat.

We’ll hear how a regional biscuit brand, whipped up out of necessity, has become an Aussie staple.

Donald, VIC
POWER PLAY: Tapping into energy initiatives

Capitalising on available power and energy opportunities could mean a surge in a town’s success.

A Federal MP will detail how to turn a spark of an idea, into an industry.

Indi (electorate), VIC
11th March

Watch it here

COUNTRY CROWDS: Turning covid-cancellations into an online opportunity

Covid-19 forced the cancellation of country shows across Australia.

But some regions paraded their produce online instead, and the response has been showstopping- in the best way possible!

Horsham, VIC
18th March

Watch it here

VALUE ADDING: Making the most of local produce

A sweet idea, and a sweet tooth, could be all that’s needed to turn an ageing asset into the town’s pride.

Organic confectionary is giving country folk delicious new opportunities.

Junee, NSW
25th March

Watch it here

TOURIST TRAIL: Using architecture to attract visitors

Using trendy buildings as a tourist trail can create a visitor boom in country towns.

Art Deco architecture has allowed regions to step back in time- and take their tourists with them!

Leeton, NSW

The live chats are orchestrated by the talented Lyndsey Douglas and hosted by none other than the brilliant brain that is Peter Kenyon of Bank of Ideas.

Registering once ensures you’re signed up for the whole series.

Join our Community Builders Group


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