Ready Macleay

The first of many

Ready Macleay is the first region in focus for the Ready Communities initiative, an innovative community building project. 

Community Conversations

Join us for one or more community conversations which will be held in the week of 26 February 2024.

At the community conversations we will discuss opportunities, ideas and local resources related to each theme and then move into action. The workshops will be entertaining and you’ll meet others in your community who are keen to create positive change in the Macleay.

Ready Macleay will give the people of the Macleay a variety of opportunities to come together and talk about important community matters and create actions aligned to the key themes housing, youth futures, CBD activation, creative industries and agricultural communities.

About Ready Macleay

While governments strive for place-based approaches to solve endemic problems and realise opportunities, communities rarely have capacity to deliver the principles of a place-based approach. Ready Communities is a catalyst for people to experience place-based community change. It enables change in community and supports the community with further place-based activities.

  1. Region selection
  2. Initial engagement
  3. Mapping
  4. Engagement
  5. Action planning
  6. Capability and capacity development
  7. Activation
  8. Conference
  9. Alumni community

Each 10-month project culminates in the delivery of the national Social Impact in the Regions conference showcasing the local community and the preceding and upcoming Ready Communities regions.

Each Ready Communities project includes a 12-month legacy program with outcomes around clarity and understanding; connection and connectivity; capacity and capability; collaboration for purpose; and advocacy and promotion. The program is designed for economic, social, individual, institutional, and environmental impact.

The team (Kerry Grace and Dr. Chad Renando) will host a series of Community Conversations throughout the week giving you the opportunity to contribute your ideas about and raise opportunities across your choice of one or more of the key themes:

(Click themes to find out more)

What's On

Ready Macleay’s first round of positive Community Conversations will be delivered between 26 February to 2 March 2024. The conversations will cover a range of topics including:

  • Housing: 530pm-8pm – Monday 26 February (Majestic Cinemas, Kempsey)
  • Youth Futures: 4pm-530pm – Tuesday 27 February (CUC Macleay Valley)
  • CBD Activation: 530pm-730pm – Wednesday 28 February (CUC Macleay Valley)
  • Creative Industries: 10am-12pm – Thursday 29 February (Kempsey Showground)
  • Agricultural Communities: 4pm-6pm – Thursday 29 February (Kempsey Showground)

Get involved with Ready Macleay activities at:

  • The Kempsey Show: 7-8 April, Kempsey Showground
  • Yuwa Nyinda Dream Academy: 1-2 May, Kempsey
  • Saltwater Freshwater Festival: 1 June

Click to get involved

Community consultation Commences 26 February
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To find out more about Ready Communities, please don't hesitate to contact us

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We acknowledge and pay our respects to the Traditional Custodians and Elders past and present. We acknowledge that the conference will be held in Gumbaynggirr Nations.

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