South Westland Community Development Project
The Department of Internal Affairs funded the employment of a Community Development Facilitator for SWCDP for three years from 2014 to 2017. WestREAP was the project manager and community associations in Haast, Bruce Bay, Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier, Okarito, Whataroa, Hari Hari and Ross were partner organisations. In Ross, SWCDP worked in cooperation with the Kumara-Ross Community Development Project, also funded by the Department of Internal Affairs. It provided a Community Development Facilitator (CDF) in David Stapleton to work with communities and service providers, to identify opportunities, issues and problems, identify projects, leaders, partners and resources, facilitate collaboration and to compile community development plans.
The project involved enhancing the ability of the people of South Westland to develop and celebrate strong, resilient communities and generate community-driven sustainable solutions to local issues, having regard to the diversity of each community’s identity, culture, heritage, natural environments and economic opportunities, their small populations and remoteness from service centres.
The South Westland Project has ended now but if you have a vision for a community-led project, want to be more involved in community decision-making and leadership or want more information please contact the Community Development Facilitator and also let your community association know.