About WHYLD Community Group
What is WHYLD?
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The idea of a WHYLD Network came about at the end of 2003 when Woori Community House received funding from Yarra Ranges Council to create a steering committee for the five towns. A WHYLD Committee was established and the funds were used to conduct community resource mapping, establish the “identity” of the area and complete a community directory. The WHYLD Network Business Directory was launched in October 2004, as the first “voice of WHYLD”.
A number of years later a fresh WHYLD Committee was established in May 2011 with representatives from local groups and businesses and the idea of developing a Community Plan. The WHYLD Project was to conduct a broad community consultation in 2012 with a series of meetings in each town. This was followed by a combined group meeting to collate all the ideas presented, and finally in March 2013 the launch of the WHYLD Community Plan. The WHYLD Committee and the WHYLD Project have been supported throughout this journey by Yarra Ranges Council, Woori Yallock & District Community Bank and Woori Community House. A review of the Community Plan was conducted in 2015 with a recommendation to incorporate.
In March 2017 the WHYLD Committee became incorporated. The WHYLD Community Group vision is to bring the five towns of Woori Yallock, Hoddles Creek, Yellingbo, Launching Place and Don Valley together to form a connected community.
Our broad aims are:
• To organise events based on our agricultural and rural strengths
• To create a caring and connected community
• To protect and enhance our rural landscape and natural environment
• To advocate for positive change in the WHYLD District
• To support our healthy and sustainable lifestyle
• To improve public transport and personal safety for residents on our roads
• To connect towns through the development of an integrated trail system.