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Locally-led change and Waitara Alive

The Waitara Community Development Project, as it was initially known, was a response by local people to do things differently. Their town of 6,800 people had faced many cultural and economic challenges over the years – including long term unemployment, crime and factory closures.

Frustrated with the lack of real change brought by previous government-led solutions, this time local people wanted to build from local assets and develop a new plan for their town’s future and community revitalisation. A local steering group was formed and a range of funders have supported a programme of ongoing activities to help transform the town.

A number of local learning and outcome stories were written to capture and communicate some key moments in Waitara Alive’s community-led journey. While many projects and people have moved on, the approaches and learning demonstrated remains inspirational.

For more about Waitara Alive and their current activities