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#25in25 up and running

Friday, 26th October, 2018

(Left to Right) Shane Simmons (#25in25 S/C), Vince Gauci (Chair, Foundation), Chris Dougherty (Vice Chair, Foundation), Michael McIvor (#25in25 S/C), Peter Nash (#25in25 S/C Chair). PICTURE: Supplied (Left to Right) Shane Simmons (#25in25 S/C), Vince Gauci (Chair, Foundation), Chris Dougherty (Vice Chair, Foundation), Michael McIvor (#25in25 S/C), Peter Nash (#25in25 S/C Chair). PICTURE: Supplied

Foundation Broken Hill at its recent AGM agreed to establish the group #25in25 as a formal subcommittee of the Foundation.

This agreement will provide the opportunity for the #25in25 sub-committee to operate under the Foundation’s governance structure and enable the Initiative to ramp up local awareness of their vision, one of which, is to see growth in the population of Broken Hill to 25,000 by the year 2025.

Foundation Chair Vince Gauci said the Foundation Board was impressed with the quality and motivation of the individuals involved in #25in25.

“In many ways the objectives of the two groups are very similar, especially in terms of the economic sustainability of the community,” Mr Gauci said.

“It makes sense for the two groups to work together.”

Peter Nash, the initiator and now Chair of the #25in25 group said supporters were pleased the fledgling organisation now had a sound base.

“We are grateful for the support provided by the Foundation and are excited that we can now work together for the future of our city,” Mr Nash said.

The group wants to arrest the city’s population decline by sending a positive message to all levels of government that Broken Hill is open for business.

“In order to achieve the objectives of the #25in25 Initiative, access to a funded full-time position will be required,” he said.

The group is preparing a submission to government to help create this role.

Letters of support are being sought from all facets of the community to show that this proposal is community-supported and driven.

Some of the issues raised from initial meetings with the community that will be researched are population growth, improved health and education opportunities, improved housing, expanded job opportunities, improved tourism innovation, and social and sporting activities, rounding out the balance and quality of life for residents in our rural community.

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