Burnie put on a show for our Stronger Places Stronger People (SPSP) guests in August.

Burnie put on a show for our Stronger Places Stronger People (SPSP) guests in August.

We have been receiving some wonderful (and constructive) feedback from the Stronger Places Strong People National Leadership Group and communities who visited Burnie earlier this month.

Our team organised a range of events and activities to demonstrate how the collective impact way of working is unfolding in Burnie, bringing people together to agree on the best local action that will achieve positive community change.

The first day began with Deep Dive tours in the areas of Children and Families, Education and Employment. Visitors chose which tour they would like to attend.

“The education stream was very informative and gave us a really strong understanding of the local community.”

“Great to hear about some of the place-based work that is going on at the Jobs Hub.”

“I really enjoyed hearing at BIG and visiting the childcare centre and hearing about the reading packs.”

A favourite moment – “Cooee School”

“Great session, beautiful part of the world.”

Burnie Works rolled out community participation workshops with the community engagement teams. The weather obliged and we enjoyed a welcome to country and cultural walk with Brendan Murray from the University of Tasmania, which was followed by workshops on topics such as understanding chaos and complexity and what it means for our work, equity and inclusion LGBTIQ+ , what does community-led mean, a fun ‘Burnie Survival cards’ activity and an employment presentation from the West North West Working Jobs Hub team.

We also heard from a local person who gave us some advice in the way we use lived experience which was extremely insightful and very moving.

“loved the culture walk. It was great to get out and about and learn a bit more about Burnie.”

“The cultural walk was excellent too.”

“There were many favourite moments – spending time with other backbone team members and National Leadership members in attendance.”

Burnie Works would not have been able to achieve such a successful event without the support of our amazing partners, Burnie Child and Family Learning Centre, Burnie Community House, Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre – Connected Beginnings program, CatholicCare Tasmania, University of Tasmania, Tasmanian Minerals, Manufacturing & Energy Council (TMEC), Hellyer Regional Collective, Cooee Primary School, industry, and community members. Government partners to Burnie Works, the Department of Social Services, and the Tasmanian government, also participated in the visit.

Stronger Places Stronger People (SPSP) is a community-led, collective impact initiative, stewarded by the Australian Government in partnership with state and territory governments across ten communities across Australia.