COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Residents take part in the last community forum in Mundubbera in 2013.
COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Residents take part in the last community forum in Mundubbera in 2013. Katherine Kokkonen

How can we improve our North Burnett towns?

A COMMUNITY forum next week will offer residents the chance to engage in a discussion about what their towns need to continue to remain great places to live and work.

North Burnett Community Enterprises director Louise Newman said the event "encourages cohesion” in the region.

"It's a really interesting way of bringing people together without an agenda,” Ms Newman said.

"There's some really high-level thinking.”

This will be the third community forum run by North Burnett Community Enterprise, which manages the Bendigo Bank agencies in Gayndah, Mundubbera and Taroom as community banks.

The first, held in 2011, had more than 60 community groups represented, Ms Newman said.

"It shows interest in things like this happening,” she said.

A follow-up was held in 2013.

The purpose of the forum, Ms Newman said, was to "gather information” about the communities the banks served.

"What do they want to see in their community?” Ms Newman asked.

Bendigo Bank delivers grants through its Community Enterprise Foundation, so the information gleaned from these events can help it better target its funding.

Ms Newman said a lack of support for patient transfers for medical appointments was highlighted in the 2013 forum, and led to funding being made available to boost services.

RSVP by Friday by calling 4165 3798 or emailing forum@nbcel.com.au.

The forum will be held next Tuesday night in the Mundubbera Town Hall, from 6.30-8.30pm.


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