Research students have visited the communities of Robertstown and Farrell Flat as part of Burra’s Mid North Knowledge Partnership to talk about their findings.
The students have worked in communities to help bring some of the ideas residents have to fruition.
MNKP, along with Regional Council of Goyder, hosted a series of pop-up cafes where researchers could chat about a variety of questions such as health, to youth engagement, job creation and more, Robertstown’s morning tea was well attended with almost 20 people turning out to join the researchers. In Farrell Flat, a small contingent of community members took the chance to speak with researchers about ways to engage with their community.
University of England School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences Professor Dean Carson was among nine researchers at the community events in Robertstown and Farrell Flat.
Professor Carsen, one of the founding members of the Mid North Knowledge Partnership group, said there was a number of stories from small villages where they had encouraged and brought people to their regions, where they set the path for new researchers, doctors and students to live and work.
He strongly encouraged communities to embrace and find these professionals, attract them to their towns and give them a reason to come back and/or stay.
He also suggested communities modify the way things are done to help encourage more people to get involved. Welcoming the group to Farrell Flat, Goyder deputy mayor Jane Kellock thanked the researchers for making themselves available.
“I really value Dean, Doris and Heidi and what you are doing locally,” she said.
The community engagements come before Burra hosts the Mid North Knowledge Partnerships town hall meeting on tomorrow, Thursday, November 23, from 11am to 7pm.
This year’s showcase is based around ‘the future of small rural communities’ and ‘knowledge building for rural health’.