While the past year has had a sense of uncertainty, it has made people reprioritise their relationships and value their local community, according to John Collins, President of the Norwest Community spirit Association.
“The past year has influenced many people to reflect on the value of their local community and relationships. While we have missed not being able to hold any major events this past year due to restrictions on numbers, a big positive from this experience is that it has given residents a greater appreciation of their homes, their local environment and their community,” he said.
“We are hoping to tap into that community spirit as we begin to emerge from the pandemic. We have all chosen to live in Norwest not just because of the lifestyle it affords us, but because we are part of something bigger.
“As The Norwest Community Association is owned by the community, we’d like as many new members as possible to join and get involved. “We encourage our community to contribute their ideas on how we can continue to grow and enrich our great community spirit.”
The primary role of the Association is to foster a strong sense of belonging and community in Norwest, organise a variety of events and social groups where you can meet people and build friendships, be a united voice for the community when dealing with authorities and residents, and support local businesses.
Tuula Schaeffer, Community Facilitator, Norwest Community Association: “Norwest is a wonderful growing community that has already established its reputation for warmth and a high level of participation, “ she said.
Karen Francis and her partner John Gilbert who reside in the Haven apartments in Norwest said they first joined the Association when they moved to Bella Vista eight years ago.
“We have made some wonderful, lifelong friendships through the Association and the regular social events that are organised. I don’t know of any other community that is as strong and supportive as this one.”
Membership is open to anyone living or working in the West Ward of Hills Shire.
Visit norwestcommunity.com.au and Facebook/ Norwest community for more information.
As well, members receive a regular newsletter covering local issues of interest and invitations to Community spirit events.
Mulpha Executive General Manager, Tim Spencer, said: “As the parent developer in Norwest and a key supporter of the Norwest Community Association we have always been about creating a strong, active and engaged community.
“Residents in Norwest love the strong community built in Norwest. They value living in an area that is walking distance to neighbourhood amenities, including parks, pathways, public transport, services, recreation and an array of social opportunities.
“We look forward to continuing to support events and activities that reflect the great community spirit of Norwest.”