11 May 2023

A warm welcome on offer for Wagga's newest residents

| Chris Roe
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New residents to Wagga Wagga, Graeme Blanche, Sandra Blanche, Michelle Kirchner and Glenn Pallister.

New residents to Wagga Wagga, Graeme Blanche, Sandra Blanche, Michelle Kirchner and Glenn Pallister at the inaugural Welcome to Wagga event. Photo: Committee 4 Wagga.

The weather may have turned cold, but Committee 4 Wagga (C4W) is rolling out a warm welcome to the city’s newest residents.

“This will be the third Committee 4 Wagga’s welcome event and we’re really looking forward to it because it’s been growing each time we’ve put it on,” said C4W Chairman Adam Drummond.

“We’re really lucky to be able to do this at the Murrumbidgee Turf Club in the Member’s Lounge because it’s such a great place with an awesome view over the racetrack.”

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Aunty Cheryl Penrith (right) welcomed residents on behalf of Wagga’s Wiradjuri people. Photo: C4W.

The event welcomes new residents to “Australia’s Most Liveable City” with an informal introduction to what the region has to offer and aims to help form connections with the local community.

“On this particular occasion, we’re reaching out to more community and sporting groups as well and asking for a representative to come along so they can mix and mingle and we can point them in the right direction if they want to get involved,” Adam said.

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“You’ve also got that mix of new residents who they can relate to and say, ‘Oh, where have you come from? Why are you here in town?’ And they do come from diverse backgrounds with a lot of people that are in transient professions like defence and then we’ve got a really big uptake among people from multicultural backgrounds as well.

“So it’s a good opportunity to meet other new people and also people that are already firmly established in Wagga.”

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Adam Drummond welcomes Wagga’s newest residents at the second event at the Botanic Gardens. Photo: C4W.

The first event was held at the CSU Winery just over a year ago, while the second moved to the Botanic Gardens and included family activities on the lawns.

Adam explained that the event reflected C4W’s four pillars which include economic development, connectivity, community and people, with the ultimate goal being “a vibrant, growing and welcoming city”.

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“We want the city to be a welcoming place, because quite often when you move to a different location and all those cliques and social groups have already been established, it’s very hard to connect and make inroads into people’s lives,” he said.

“We thought an event like this is a good way to introduce them to at least a few organisations like ours to make them feel welcome.”


C4W’s four pillars. Photo: C4W.

So if you are new (or even newish) to town and you’d like to learn why the locals are so proud of this diverse and vibrant city, come along on Friday 19 May between 5:30 and 8:30 pm at the Member’s Lounge at the Murrumbidgee Turf Club, Travers Street, Wagga Wagga.

Region is a proud supporter of the event, and you can find out more here.

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