Community – What does it mean? We are all part of ‘the community’ whether we choose to engage in it or not and the community we live in has an impact, positive or negative, enabling or limiting, welcoming or segregating.

One really good way to create community is to have a strong community cultural centre and library service that is accessible and meaningful to all residents. The library firstly holds historical records so that you can see how our community developed. The modern library is, of course, about much more than books. It is and should be a community hub providing an activity space for all. Council is currently undertaking a Library Service Needs study and wants to hear what the community thinks. The survey will take less than 10 minutes and can be found on the Website under ‘News’

Celebration is another positive marker of community. Last Wednesday, the Litchfield component of the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay Bearers were announced. Fourteen residents will have the honour of carrying the Baton, in our region and share first hand the Commonwealth Games experience. The Baton will arrive in Litchfield on March 1 and moving on to Palmerston and Darwin before returning to the Gold Coast for the Opening Ceremony. A full list of our participants will be on the website. The event will a be great opportunity to showcase our region to Australian and indeed world.

We have the opportunity to celebrate more locals in our Australia Day Awards. A Council and community committee is planning the event and are now calling for the community to nominate their ‘Local Litchfield Legends’ for an Australia Day Award. There are three categories: Litchfield Council Citizen of the Year; Young Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year. Nomination information can be found on the Council website under the ‘News’ section.

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