Frasers Property helps residents build strong ties
- Community Development Manager on board at Shell Cove
- Workshops, cooking classes and other events bring residents together
- Residents encouraged to contribute to a community calendar of events
SYDNEY, 3 OCTOBER 2018
Everyone knows there’s more to community than bricks and mortar. It’s about people building ties and celebrating diversity through social interactions. That’s why Frasers Property Australia has invested in a Community Development Manager at Shell Cove to help residents connect with their new locale and each other.
At Shell Cove, Community Development Manager Jessica Clark is busy creating events designed to appeal to a wide range of people, including a variety of workshops for all ages and cooking classes.
Ms Clark says the Declutter and Downsizing Workshop hosted by author and eco-organiser Tanya Lewis last month was a huge success, as was the recent Hidden Harvest Cooking School.
A Nature Play Workshop for children aged 2-6 years and their carers was also a hit.
A small suggested donation for each event goes into a Community Development Fund for the community to decide how the money is spent.
These events complement the other activities under way at Shell Cove, such as a park run, the Shell Cove Social Group, weekly craft and games at the community centre, and a children’s playgroup on Thursday mornings.
Ms Clark is keen to deliver strong social outcomes through a range of fun and healthy exercise groups and community workshops.
"I want to help residents get to know each other and build the bonds and networks that form the foundation of a community," says Ms Clark.
Against the backdrop of Shellharbour Marina and its 270-berth boat harbour, which will form the focal point of the new community, Ms Clark is focused on building new connections between existing and new residents and making the most of the stunning local setting.
With a range of picturesque locations such as a children’s beach, water play areas, a library and a community centre, Ms Clark says residents have a choice of settings to hold events.
And she’s keen to hear ideas from the community about the events they’d like to see.
“Shell Cove has been growing for 20 years and since its inception a lot has already happened here, including the creation of a community centre, walking group, seniors’ group and a playgroup,’’ she says.
“Getting people connected and staying connected is important and by taking the lead, residents can shape the way they live.
“As I get to know Shell Cove locals, I’m learning they’re diverse people with diverse passions. I want to introduce activities driven by these passions. These activities could vary from dog walking to Christmas celebrations. Whatever the residents are passionate about, I want to help make it happen.”
Ms Clark is encouraging residents to create a community calendar of events and is keen to help them drive their own social programs and activities to bring people together and ensure their new locale feels like home.
Tanya Smith has lived in Shell Cove for 13 years and is thrilled by the sense of community and social bonds being forged between existing and new residents.
“I think what Frasers Property and Jessica are doing is fantastic. I have lived in a lot of areas and I have never known of a company investing in the community like this,” she says.
“I think it is a fantastic thing they are doing, forming these community connections and bringing people together.”
The Waterfront, Shell Cove, is a joint venture between Frasers Property Australia and Shellharbour City Council. The new community is in a natural coastal setting surrounded by beaches, parks and wetlands but close to schools, transport and major centres.
The Shell Cove Sales and Information Centre is located on Cove Boulevard, Shell Cove, and is open seven days from 11am to 5pm. For more information call 13 38 38 or visit www.thewaterfrontshellcove.com.au.