Community is being prepared to make a spectacle of yourself for the sake of the community – In the case of the dutch maid a fund-raiser that would help to fight the coal mine which was applying to set up open cut mining  at the edge of town.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The community, young and old, conservative and socialist marched on Parliament house in Sydney to protest the coal mine’s approval.



The community acted locally as well, helping out in someone’s garden who had given so much time to the community that their own garden was suffering. The camaraderie that day was fantastic and as a result the Gloucester Community Garden began.


On an international level an auction was held auctioning art pieces. RAR for RART was held by the Rural Australian for Refugees to offer support to refugees from war-torn and natural disaster areas.


And sometimes it was just for fun. Part of the community entertaining the rest of the town. Mind you , my dog hair beard was not a lot of fun at all. I discovered an allergy that I did not know I possessed that night but the community had a ball.

These were only a small fraction of what the community in Gloucester did. Being part of that community was a wonderful experience.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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12 Responses to Community

  1. Loved your post this week.


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  3. Irene, if stories like this were more common, the world would be a much better place.



  4. Zen says:

    This is interesting. 🙂


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