Steve Dickson MP, State Member for Buderim
Member for Buderim



Mr DICKSON (Buderim—LNP) (2.46 am):

I would like to refer members of the House to a wonderful community initiative in my electorate of Buderim spearheaded by the Buderim War Memorial Community Association—the BWMCA—in partnership with the Buderim Foundation. It was the production of a 16-page one-off tabloid publication titled Spirit of Buderim made possible by a $7,000 grant from the Australian government to celebrate community achievements during Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week in early December. The publication’s purpose was to explain the roles of the BWMCA and the Buderim Foundation, to showcase their achievements and to encourage volunteering in the Buderim community.

The Spirit of Buderim is full of interesting photos, history, stories and case studies about what makes this community special, including more than 30 Buderim organisations which had the opportunity to say what they are and what they do in our community. All the contributions, writing, editing, layout and design were undertaken by volunteers, led by Mr John Devers.

The Spirit of Buderim was officially launched by Professor Paul Clark, Chair of the Buderim Foundation, on 11 December. Professor Clark said —

There are countless stories each and every day about those who give their time, their energy and their talent for the benefit of others while nourishing their own spirit in the process ... and the Spirit of Buderim aims to highlight just some of them.

Seventeen thousand copies were printed and delivered to every letterbox in Buderim postcode 4556 by a small army of enthusiastic volunteers who collected bundles for the streets that they were allocated.

The Spirit of Buderim validates social researcher Hugh Mackay’s proposition that ‘It’s not where you live but how you live’. This is a timely message in the wake of Hugh’s recent visit to celebrate the BWMCA’s 70th anniversary and I hope that it resonates with all those who have chosen to call Buderim home. I believe that the Spirit of Buderim will have a high impact and resonate powerfully well beyond its publication date. It will be something to read and hold on to, a keepsake for individuals and families, reminding them of the importance of strong partnerships between community and philanthropy.

Additional copies of the Spirit of Buderim are available while stocks last from the old Buderim post office, Buderim’s community information centre. The Spirit of Buderim will make a great reference for locals and something to send to family and friends so that they can see why they choose to live in Buderim. I would like to table this copy of the Spirit of Buderim for the House as an excellent case study of leadership in the volunteering sector.

Tabled paper: Spirit of Buderim, community newspaper, undated [183].

You can access the video recording of my speech here:


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