COMING TOGETHER: Granite Belt Drought Assist volunteers with co-managers Glenda Riley and Barbara Marsden.
COMING TOGETHER: Granite Belt Drought Assist volunteers with co-managers Glenda Riley and Barbara Marsden.

New venture designed to ‘connect’ the community

WATER distribution is out and social networking is in for the team at Granite Belt Drought Assist, who are gearing up to take the organisation down a different path.

The organisation's president Glenda Riley said its new name 'Creekside Connections' explains the new venture perfectly.

"We will be connecting the community to make it feel like a home," Ms Riley said.

She said the objective will be to create a safe and welcoming space for community members to pop in for a cuppa and have a chat.

"We make no judgments and there is no expectation of people.

"We want it to be holistic and informal."

Ms Riley said watching her volunteers find a sense of purpose over the last 12 months was the biggest motivator for the change.

"This has all come out of watching our volunteers and how they have just learned and grown into their own person," she said.

"It has given them (volunteers) so many benefits that I don't think they have even recognised in themselves."

Ms Riley said the departure from the H2o Zone on Walsh Drive doesn't necessarily mean the end of its water distributing days.

"We will still be operating our Water on Wheels program remotely for those who are in genuine need of a substantial amount of water," she said.

With the finalities of their new project coming together, Ms Riley hopes 'Creekside Connections' will be up and running in the coming weeks.

"If we get the nod to go ahead for this new premises it would be a month to six weeks I would say.

"The fact we have a blank canvas to build this into something everyone can have ownership of is the most exciting part."

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