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Mark Alderson, President of the Rotary Club of Mosman, confirms with community groups the next steps for working together to improve communication and collaboration

Mosman forum connects community

Posted Monday 23 March 2015

The Mosman Art Gallery was abuzz with ideas at the recent ground-breaking forum for local community groups run jointly by the Rotary Club of Mosman Inc. and Mosman Council.

More than 80 community group members came together to connect and share ideas to work more closely together for the benefit of their own groups and the Mosman community as a whole.

“Community groups are the backbone of Mosman and yet they often don’t have the opportunity to communicate or connect with each other,” Rotary President Mark Alderson said. “We wanted to provide a forum for them to share their ideas and develop possible solutions to some of Mosman’s more challenging community issues”.

Acclaimed social researcher and author Hugh Mackay provided the group with insights from his latest book The Art of Belonging, emphasising the vital role individuals, community groups, and local government play in nurturing communities.

Community group members enthusiastically contributed feedback and ideas, including support for a Mosman community Facebook page and a register matching groups who need assistance and resources with others who could assist.

Connections made at the forum may also lead to some innovative project proposals and applications to Council’s Community Grants Program 2015-16 which will open in mid-May.

The working group led by Mark Alderson, community group members Di McKenzie, Jane Floyd, and Tina Jackson and Council staff is looking for members to help translate the ideas from the forum into action. Contact Dianne Page at Mosman Council on 9978 4125 if you would like to help or for more information