Grass-roots Community Development in Action
Echunga, the Peramangk word for 'close by', is a wee town in the Adelaide Hills. Although it is only forty kilometres from the Adelaide city centre, there is no mains water or sewage connected. Residents are consequently a resourceful bunch collecting their own rainwater as well as roadside firewood in the frosty winters. I have spent some time collecting memories of this small town in photographs and film. Now together with local resident Rachel Ventor we have created a website celebrating what the community has to offer. The Echunga Community Association, also known as Heart of Gold, are a grass-roots organisation who have been working tirelessly to host events and create bridges within the community. You can see their upcoming events here. The website has been created to help create a strong sense of community and inspire residents to come together and realise their aspirations for the future of this small and increasingly diverse town.