Community development at the double

THE Derwent Valley Council’s two new community development officers have hit the ground running in an effort to make the most of their 12-month appointments. Danielle Walker and Katrina Cullen have been with the council since January, temporarily filling the shoes of Bec Tudor, who is on leave.

Katrina and Danielle both have strong local connections and are pleased to have the opportunity to work in the community. “I’ve been keen to live and work here and contribute to the community,” Katrina said. She has owned land at National Park for some time and is hoping to build there. Danielle is also a property owner in the Derwent Valley and was most recently employed at Corumbene.

Both are very keen to work with the community, building on existing relationships and forming new ones. While both have been engaged as community development officers working four days per week and they will collaborate in many areas, Katrina has a specific focus on policy and engagement.

A big part of their work will be community engagement around the updating of the council’s strategic plan. They have already undertaken several community consultations on that project and more are to follow. They will also work with the council’s advisory bodies and advancing the climate change strategy, and the last council meeting approved their proposal to host a youth summit to aid the development of a Safeguarding Children Policy.

Picture: Derwent Valley Council community development officers Danielle Walker and Katrina Cullen.

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One Comment

  1. I am excited by what this team will bring to the community. I have met with Danielle at council under the umbrella of the Centacare Evolve Housing Inspiring Future Leaders Program and put forward a community project as others in our group did. When we talk about the need for grassroots, community led initiatives I feel confident that these women “get it”.

    Not all of the community can afford or have the desire to go to expensive alcohol-based tourism events for the reason of social interaction. I believe art, crafts, singing, dance, music and the passing on and sharing of skills at an intergenerational and multicultural level, good food, kindness, inclusion of all, respect and laughter that brings joy and the feeling of belonging to the community is what we need for post COVID recovery.

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