In 2009 Kristine and her family were on holidays in Burra and saw and fell in love with Toolangi Homestead, just out of Hallett. Throwing caution to the wind, they bought it and moved to the country. Kristine realistically expected to take a year to settle in – but she hadn’t counted on the warmth of the welcome from the Hallett community.
Hallett is community in the old style: friendly, helpful, ‘can do’. It wasn’t long before Kristine joined the Hallett Community and Sports Association (the town management committee), rolled up her sleeves and got involved. This has been a journey of joy.
The HCSA manages council assets in the town (recreation ground, historic hall, swimming pool), as well as running community functions like the Christmas party and Anzac Day ceremony.
The committee is also keen to re-establish the township with a secure local economy – providing opportunity, jobs, and activity in the district.
Kristine’s community development skills were put to good use. The HCSA developed a Strategic Plan that recognised the huge amount of work already being done by the community, and set direction for the future. With the Strategic Plan as the reference point, the HCSA:
- Secured long-term funding for the operation of the community swimming pool
- Developed a collaborative relationship with Council to meet shared goals
- Got involved in tourism development (with funding from the National Landscapes Development Program)
- Applied for and was awarded grants of approx $250,000 to date
- Invested in skill development for the committee and volunteers
- Is implementing a significant project to redevelop an unused site in the centre of town as an iconic tourist picnic area
And we’re saying ‘yes’ to just about everything that raises funds and builds community – the Catering Queens (and the odd King) swing into action, and have a great time doing it
The HCSA has been recognised for its work in the community and is a finalist in the 2013 SA Govt Regional Awards.
An easy (and pretty) 2 hour drive from Adelaide, it’s possible to live in the country and work in the city. Kristine uses the Todd Street Business Lounge as a base – when the Northern Connector freeway is built, there will only be one set of traffic lights between Hallett and Port Adelaide!
Do a complete Tree Change. Housing is cheap and the HCSA is keen to assist new businesses. Hallett is sitting on three great trails: Heysen (walking), Mawson (cycling) and Dares Hill (outback driving), and the town is ripe for B&Bs or an outback cafe and store. The HCSA would love to hear from people with energy, vision, and a spirit of community.