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Tara expo highlights community groups

STRONG COMMUNITY: Tara Pony Club's Karsha Dewis and Elizabeth Turner at the Tara Community Expo.
STRONG COMMUNITY: Tara Pony Club's Karsha Dewis and Elizabeth Turner at the Tara Community Expo. Brooke Duncan

LAST Saturday the Tara community turned out in fine form for the inaugural Tara Community Expo.

The day was a chance for locals and those new to town to see what the town's businesses, community groups, schools, and other organisations, had to offer.

Tara Future's Group Treasurer and Expo coordinator Jenny Abbott said the idea grew out of her Toastmaster's club thinking of how to increase participant numbers.

Being a small club the Toastmasters group couldn't do an expo on their own, but when the idea was brought to the Tara Future's Group, it gained momentum.

"So the reason behind it is, when we get new people in town, and also for existing community members, sometimes we don't realise what is available for us, and if we don't know what's available for us, it could be an excuse not to do anything,” Mrs Abbott said.

"So the aim of this was to make sure that people know what is in our community and what they can do, and they then can work out if they want to participate more.

"We've invited groups in the community, both business and community organisations such as churches, ambulance, SES, firies, schools, craft associations, historic society, the RSL, the Scouts, Pony Club, Poultry Club, Show society, and businesses.”

Mrs Abbott said she'd received excellent feedback from the event.

"What's happening is the stallholders themselves... the community groups themselves are walking around and looking at what everyone else has done, so the number of people in this room is quite significant,” she said.

For Tara local and stallholder (World Organics) Karen Huskisson, the event was well organised and a great initiative.

"I think it's really good, a lot of work for the organisers but really well done,” she said.

"I just hope that the community support it and, like all things, being the first one people go 'oh I didn't know about it' and that sort of thing so... people come and enjoy it then hopefully they'll go away and talk about it and they can maybe do more of these.

"I would actually like to see them do more in the other areas, like even in Meandarra, Glenmorgan, those other small centres as well.”


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