People help make location so great

People help make location so great


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CUMMINS PROUD: Wendy Holman and Anika Swaffer show that Cummins will take all avenues to promote the town.

CUMMINS PROUD: Wendy Holman and Anika Swaffer show that Cummins will take all avenues to promote the town.

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Cummins and its surrounds would likely be one of the most positive farming communities in the country, coming off the back of one of its most economically-rewarding harvests on record.

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Cummins and its surrounds would likely be one of the most positive farming communities in the country, coming off the back of one of its most economically-rewarding harvests on record.

But this little town on the Lower Eyre Peninsula is used to punching above its weight in the positivity stakes, as its people work hard to generate opportunities, facilities and entertainment for themselves and visitors alike.

The Cummins and District Enterprise Committee is comprised of volunteers with a part-time paid role for administration tasks.

Its Mission Statement is: 'The Cummins & District Enterprise Committee will provide leadership, be an advocate for the community and facilitate partnerships within the community to achieve growth... in population, business, service provision, health services, community capacity.'

Community project officer Jenna Hughes says that mission has created the drive behind achievements including website and social media development explorecummins.com.au to build interest in the region; special events and rising visitation.

"The ever-popular Christmas Wonderland attraction grows each year and has now become a tourism draw card for the town with visitors coming from not only neighbouring towns but interstate to experience it," Ms Hughes said.

"From this success, the Cummins Christmas Town theme was developed in 2018 and saw the addition of the Tourism Committee, run with dedicated volunteers, creating and distributing pallet Christmas trees to all businesses to creatively decorate.

"While increasing usage of the community-owned caravan park always seems to surprise the locals, that's what is happening at the Cummins Community Caravan Park.

"Tourism is an opportunity for Cummins to develop with a newly-formed passionate volunteer Tourism Committee.

"The caravan park has been self-sufficient enough to upgrade more reliable gas hot water systems and, assisted by the Water for The Future group, are now utilising harvested storm water from Viterra.

"This major project took about four years to complete and was an initiative to drought proof the caravan park grounds, keeping them green and becoming more self-sufficient and lowering the operational costs."

With a planned opening of the Men's Shed this year, another community project through partnerships with the Cummins District Community Bank and the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula will soon be realised.

Other achievements in the past year include the hugely popular skate park, developed on the Cummins Memorial Recreation Centre Grounds and a nature play inspired playground the Railway Triangle Park.

Cummins' infamous Mosaic Loo won a 2018 International Toilet Tourism Award for best economic contributor and was recognised for the work done by the community to turn a simple red brick toilet block into a "public loo with personality".

Recently added to the loo is a mural by local artist James Pedler, growing the great point of interest for the town.

Looking after the people that make the place so special also has not been lost on the Cummins community and in 2018 'Empowering Lower Eyre', an initiative of the Suicide Prevention Network, was launched to work towards breaking the stigma of mental health and suicide.

And truly inspirational for the town is the Cycling Without Age program. Using a trishaw bicycle, funded through the Fund my Neighbourhood campain in 2018, 'pilots' have been trained take aged residents out about the town to see the sites and get some fresh air.

"Without the Cummins and District Community Bank we would not be able to complete many of the projects mentioned," Ms Hughes said.

"We are very lucky to have such a successful Community Bank. Again, this is only possible because of the people in our town supporting them and doing business there - we're getting back what is put in.

"We are resourceful with a strong sense of community full of many, many passionate volunteers, who set goals and achieved together," Ms Hughes said.

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