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THIRLMERE is the home of the Thirlmere Rail Museum and the annual Thirlmere Steam Festival, Thirlmere is one of the three villages making up the population centre of Wollondilly, and combined with Tahmoor and Picton contains over one quarter of the Wollondilly population (over 12 000 residents). Thirlmere, Lakesland and Couridjah combined has a population of 3 910 (ABS Census Statistics, 2001). 6 2 4 1. Anglican Church 2. Art Gallery 3 3. Community Hall 1 4. Lin Gordon Reserve 11 14 5. Park 13 10 5 7 9 6. Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital 7. R.F.S 8 8. Railway Museum 9. Railway Station 10. Tennis Court 11. Thirlmere Inn 12. Thirlmere Lake’s National Park 13. Thirlmere Public School 12 14. Thirlmere Sportsground 45 What are these built assests used for Natural assets in Thirlmere Built assets in Thirlmere Social/Community interaction Trees, bush and animals Bike track Shopping Church Thirlmere Lakes Recreation Community Hall Community Health Centre Playing sport Rural views and open spaces Hotel/Pub Local history Performance and Awards Rivers, Creeks and Dam Park (incl sound stage) Historical appreciation Private Houses Rail Heritage Museum Parks and Reserves Family gatherings Reasonable roads Restaurant/Café Faith/Worship School Day to day living Why are these important... Sportsground Tennis Courts Thirlmere Lakes Tourist attraction Wollondilly Leisure Centre Recreation Maintenance of natural/rural aspect (ie not built out) What community groups are assets to Thirlmere Less population Chamber of Commerce Children’s and Youth Services Health and wellbeing Choir for Christmas Carols Church Gathering places Craf t Clubs Dance Clubs Environmental Conservation Exercise groups Gardening Clubs Playgroup Rural Fire Brigade Social Club What Government Agencies and funded services are assets in Sporting Clubs Thirlmere Steam Museum Support Groups Bus Service Community Bus Early Childhood Clinic Estonian Village Mobile Library Preschool Queen Victoria Hospital Radio Station Rural Fire Service School South Wollondilly Outside School Hours Care Wollondilly Council 46 Who helps me feel safe What culture/heritage is reflected in Thirlmere Ambulance Service Rural lifestyle Church Council/Council Workers Local history Friends and Family Finnish Culture Hospitals (Bowral/Camden) Estonian Village Local Volunteers Medical services/chemists Community Spirit Neighbours Community connectedness People with similar values Christian Faith Personal Interest Group Members How is it celebrated.... Police Aboriginal Culture Rural Fire Service ANZAC Day Shop Keepers Australia Day Christmas Christmas Carols How residents of Thirlmere communicate with Community events each other... Easter Family Celebrations Council Council Website Picton Show Internet School f unctions Mailouts Shire Day Meetings Sporting events New sletters Thirlmere Steam Festival New spaper Noticeboards Radio Television Word of Mouth What businesses are assets in Thirlmere.. Bakery How residents of Thirlmere communicate with Council.. Beauty Salon Bottle shop Bush Telegraph Butcher Council Meetings Chemist Childcare Centre Council Staff Farm Supplies Council Website Grocery Councillors Hair Salon Email Hardw are Hotel/Pub In person Mechanic/Tyres In writing Medical Services Mailouts New sagency Newsletters Orchard Newspapers Post Off ice Restaurant/Caf e Noticeboards Service Station Radio Supermarket Submissions Takeaw ay Outlets Telephone Variety Store Vet Word of Mouth Video shop 47 OBSERVATIONS FOR THIRLMERE Resident Comments Built Assets “Fresh air and space is important for everyday living.” The two most important built assets to Thirlmere are the school and the park, which includes the sound stage. Other important built assets are the rail heritage museum, the community hall, the sportsground and the church. “Places for future generations to enjoy.” These assets are most commonly used for recreation. This is followed by social/community interaction, day to day living, family “As a retiree and widow new to the area (4yrs) I need to be able to enjoy an gatherings, historical appreciation, performances and awards, playing sport and for social/community interaction. independent lifestyle within easy reach, safe things to fill my time when minding grand kids, mixing with visitors or enjoying solitude.” Natural Assets “Mutual respect for neighbours and residents in the village. Peaceful living.” The most popular natural asset to Thirlmere is Thirlmere Lakes, this is followed by; the rural views and open spaces, the trees, bush and animals, the parks and reserves and the rivers, creeks and dams. “The shire has a great sense of community particularly on Steam festival day each year when the local community come together to celebrate and have fun in These assets are important as they provide a place for the community to gather, they help to maintain the natural/rural aspect of the Thirlmere.” village, they are important for environmental conservation reasons and they improve the health and well being of the community. Other reasons for importance are the appeal these areas have to tourists, their recreational value, and they keep the population of the village “The old buildings, quiet towns, no nightclubs or traffic lights etc and best of all lots down. of trees.” “People being friendly and willing to lend a hand.” Business Assets The most commonly mentioned business assets to Thirlmere are the supermarkets. Following these is the post office, take away “Having space to have pets and other animals.” outlets, the newsagency, the chemist, the bottle shop, the butcher, the vet and the video store. “The Annual Steam Festival is a great community day in the village and the Australian lifestyle is celebrated.” Community Groups The most commonly reported community groups that are considered assets to Thirlmere are sporting clubs. The second most “Ask (Council) staff on their lunch break when they come into my work.” mentioned group is the playgroup. Some other frequently mentioned groups are church, craft clubs and dance groups. “Rely on someone to tell me.” Funded Government Agencies The most important government funded agency in Thirlmere is the school, followed by this is the pre-school. Other frequently mentioned agencies are the Rural Fire Service, the early childhood clinic and the South Wollondilly Outside School Hours Care. Culture and Heritage The two most common culture/heritage reflected in Thirlmere is the connectedness of the community and the local history of the village. Other aspects of culture/heritage that are evident in Thirlmere are the Estonian Village, the Finnish culture, the community spirit, the Christian faith, the rural lifestyle and the Aboriginal culture. These are celebrated primarily through community events, Christmas carols, sporting events, school functions, ANZAC Day, Thirlmere Steam Festival, Australia Day and Christmas. Community Feelings of Safety The Police are the most common people/group that help to make people feel safe in Thirlmere. Following these are friends and family, the Rural Fire Service, neighbours and personal interest groups. How Residents Communicate With Each Other Residents primarily communicate with each other via newspapers, the second most common mode of communication is through word of mouth. Other ways that are commonly mentioned are through newsletters, mail-outs, notice boards, via the council website and directly through Council. With Council Residents primarily communicate with Council via the telephone. Alternative methods are mainly through mail-outs, the Bush Telegraph, in writing, newspapers and via word of mouth. Other popular methods of communication are through council meetings, council staff, through councillors and in person. 48
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