Sep 19, 2021
Residents' Associations. They're everywhere across the Adelaide Hills, and they're there for you.
They bring new ideas, advocate for change - or sometimes for good things to be retained. They can be your voice at local and state government levels.
With so much to talk about, it's no wonder that my chat with Di van Eck from the Mt Barker & District Residents' Association Inc went for quite a while.
This week What the Hills presents the first of a two part episode, focusing on our local residents associations.
We start by meeting Di and finding out about her childhood in Littlehampton. Soon we're talking about how times have changed, and the lifestyles of today's kids are very different from what Di and I both experienced as kids growing up in the Adelaide Hills. How much of that change can be attributed to technology, and how much is the result of the lifestyle big developers create for us?
We move on to the story of how Di became a member of the Mount Barker Residents' association, and instantly became an activist. Things have changed a little since those times, but she's still working to bring about a place where the needs of the community are met.
Finally, Di talks about the proposed new Town square for Mount Barker, and how the idea for the project sprang from a discarded music video.
Di is a very interesting speaker, and it was great to catch up with her about the importance of residents associations and the town square project.
This is part one of a two part interview
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