PROGRESS has been made in bringing the Royal Far West Road Show Bus to Gunnedah.
At a planning meeting held at Gunnedah GoCo on Tuesday, members of several community health groups and organisations met with Royal Far West representatives to discuss bringing the vital health service to Gunnedah.
Royal Far West community programs manager Jim Reid said plans to bring the bus to Gunnedah are well under way.
“Royal Far West is committed in bringing something to Gunnedah by September,” Mr Reid said.
“We have committed to bringing something to Gunnedah in terms of the bus and we are certainly focused on engaging the community organising the full details and the extent of it now will depend on local health services and what to extent they are able to commit staff and time for the event.”
The Gunnedah community has thrown it’s support behind the campaign to bring the bus to the region.
“There are a few key things that strike me about the Gunnedah community,” Mr Reid said.
“One is the amazing willingness to work together to address the issues around early childhood intervention health and development.
“The other is the determination to make things happen and try new things, the bus stop has been going on in other places for a while, but in terms of Gunnedah its a new thing and the community certainly has embraced the idea of trying something new.”
“Those things are vital in making significant change.”
Mr Reid said the event will purely be a “community event”.
“This will be an entirely local event,” he said.
“It is a community event, it’s not a Royal Far West event we just help make it happen, it’s a great opportunity for the community to greater understand more about early childhood development and we look forward to really working with everyone involved.”
Every Gunnedah Child co-ordinator Carolyn Leys is excited about bringing the bus to town.
“Bringing the Royal Far West bus to town is ticking all the boxes in helping families and making more people aware of early childhood development,” Ms Leys said.
“You have to start somewhere and this is a really solid place to start.”
While there is currently a lot of support to help bring the bus to Gunnedah Ms Leys said any additional help from anyone in the community is welcome.
“All of our (Every Gunnedah Child) meetings are open to anyone who would like to come,” she said.
“There is always more that can be done and we are willing to connect with anybody is passionate about early childhood development through our meetings or via our Facebook page.”
The next planning meeting will be on Feburary 15 between 10 and 11.30am.
For more information contact Every Gunnedah Child on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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