Councillor pushes for initiative to involve families new to Maranoa
Maranoa Regional councillor Joh Hancock has shown her care and consideration for new residents moving to the Maranoa, who may feel isolated with her two initiatives – adopt a new resident or family and adopt a senior.
The idea is to develop a pathway between new families and residents moving to a new town and may feel isolated without having any contracts and connecting them with existing residents and the town they live in.
In the February 24 council meeting in Roma, Cr Hancock said she had been thinking about the idea for some time and after receiving community feedback thought it would be helpful for not only those moving to town, but for some residents who may feel lonely.
Council will be calling for expressions of interest to see who would be interested in getting involved in the initiative.
The agenda states information would be shared with the employer of the person who moves to town and whether they would be interested in getting involved, then they would be matched with a volunteer.
In the meeting, Cr Hancock noted the Roma community had an adopt a Senior Initiative some years ago and it proved to be successful.
“I’ve been thinking about this for a little while and told about the Adopt a Senior Initiative many years ago and how successful that was … I just think then let’s give this a go so people can connect with others and can talk to someone in the community to get advice,” Cr Hancock said.
Cr Wendy Taylor said it would be worthwhile to check in with those who have retired, saying they could show the new residents where certain places are in town, like parks for children or Woolworths or various services.
Cr Hancock said it won’t just be helpful for those moving to town, but people who may feel lonely in our community.
“This might fill a void there … can be a win-win situation,” Cr Hancock said.
Cr Hancock moved the motion, Cr John Birkett seconded it and all councillors supported the initiatives.