Following the Black Summer bushfires in Gumbaynggirr Country which devastated the small rural community of Nymboida where 80 homes were destroyed and the subsequent delays due to Covid restrictions, this project has now reached successful completion and, in Annie Wolff’s (Treasurer of Nymboida Community Groups Inc) own words “made a huge difference in their renewed vigor which reflects in our community’s recovery and resilience”.
The grant allowed for an initial market feasibility study which showed the depth of community support for continuance of the markets and when they recommenced, operating fortnightly, they were rewarded with excellent community response, increased stall holder participation and increased visitation.
With the same funding, the previously struggling local village newsletter – Nymboida Grapevine which was vital for maintaining community links when Covid severely restricted physical human interaction, was able to enjoy a revival with a new and enthusiastic Coordinator and Compiler who are buoyed by their stipends with an increased personal sense of worth and value within the community.
The re-energised markets have become a place for connecting to the wider local community and the Nymboida Grapevine newsletter connects residents with news of events, classes, workshops, meetings, theatre, dinners and more.
These connections make for a deeper sense of belonging which in turn creates a more resilient community.