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Golden Plains Power to the People


“There are 20,000 of us living in Golden Plains across 56 small rural townships and settlements. We’re all together, but not always connected.”


As part of National Youth Week (8 to 17 April), the Shire’s young volunteers have created an innovative way to help bridge the social gaps in local communities.

People of Golden Plains’ is a creative youth-led project that captures people’s ideas, backgrounds and experiences through interviews that are shared as engaging stories with the community via social media, posters and postcards. More than that, the project encourages local people to share their ideas and stories with others and get to know other people; thus creating a culture where people are connected, heard and celebrated.

As part of the project, a Facebook page called ‘People of Golden Plains’ has been set up to share the faces and stories of young people in the community – the page has been a great success, engaging people from across the Shire. You can visit the page at facebook.com/peopleofgoldenplains/?fref=ts

Since its launch, ‘People of Golden Plains’ has brought communities and people together through the power of storytelling.

You’re invited - ‘People of Golden Plains’ exhibition!

This family-friendly event celebrates the People of Golden Plains project and the amazing people who have been involved in bringing it to life. The exhibition is an opportunity to be part of this exciting project – share your stories, connect with others and see first-hand what young people of Golden Plains are doing to connect local communities.

When: Friday 20th May
Where: Bannockburn Cultural Centre
Time: 6.30pm – 9.00pm

At the exhibition, you will have the chance to:
•  Record a video in the StoryPod video booth
•  Express yourself using paint and colour on the CaveWall
•  Hear stories from people of all ages at the ConversationGap
•  Join emerging musicians and create music at the Music Circle
•  Visit Grandma’s Kitchen and feast on a variety of homemade soups prepared by the local ‘Golden Oldies Group’

•  Listen to incredible guest speaker Sophie Weldon, CEO of Humankind Enterprises, who will share her personal story about how one conversation changed her life. Sophie will provide a unique perspective about the importance of intergenerational storytelling and how stories can create a more connected community.

More information about the project can be found at facebook.com/peopleofgoldenplains/?fref=ts or by contacting Sarah Dalton, Youth Development Officer, on 5220 7177 or email sdalton@gplains.vic.gov.au