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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).



                                                                                                                                                                         1. Anglican Church

                                                                                                                                                                         2. Art Gallery
                                                                                                                                                                         3. Community Hall
                                                                                                                                                                         4. Lin Gordon Reserve
                              14                                                                                                                                         5. Park
                                                                       10 5       7
                                                                                  9                                                                                      6. Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital

                                                                                                                                                                         7. R.F.S
                                                                                                                                                                         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

                                                                                   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
           Community Hall
  Community Health Centre                                                      Playing sport                                                   Rural views and open spaces
              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
                                                                            Day to day living                                                    Why are these important...
            Tennis Courts
          Thirlmere Lakes
                                                                                                                                             Tourist attraction
 Wollondilly Leisure Centre


                                                                                                                           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
           Rural Fire Brigade
                 Social Club
                                                                         What Government Agencies and funded services are assets in
               Sporting Clubs
             Steam Museum
             Support Groups                                                                  Bus Service

                                                                                          Community Bus

                                                                                    Early Childhood Clinic

                                                                                        Estonian Village

                                                                                           Mobile Library


                                                                                 Queen Victoria Hospital

                                                                                            Radio Station

                                                                                      Rural Fire Service


                                                             South Wollondilly Outside School Hours Care

                                                                                      Wollondilly Council
                             Who helps me feel safe
                                                                                            What culture/heritage is reflected in Thirlmere
              Ambulance Service
                                                                                         Rural lifestyle
       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 Carols
            How residents of Thirlmere communicate with                                                                                                 Community events
                            each other...

                                                                                                                                                      Family Celebrations
   Council Website                                                                                                                                           Picton Show
          Internet                                                                                                                                       School f unctions
          Mailouts                                                                                                                                                Shire Day
                                                                                                                                                          Sporting events
      New sletters
                                                                                                                                                 Thirlmere Steam Festival
       New spaper
    Word of Mouth                                                                                                                                                  What businesses are assets in Thirlmere..

                               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
                      In person
                      In writing
                                                                                                                                              Medical Services
                      Mailouts                                                                                                                   New sagency
                 Newsletters                                                                                                                          Orchard
                Newspapers                                                                                                                         Post Off ice
                                                                                                                                           Restaurant/Caf e
                                                                                                                                             Service Station
                      Radio                                                                                                                    Supermarket
               Submissions                                                                                                                Takeaw ay Outlets
                     Telephone                                                                                                                Variety Store
             Word of Mouth
                                                                                                                                                  Video shop
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.


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