Meet the woman behind Mypolonga’s new community newsletter
The first edition of the unnamed newsletter has just been published. Pria Martin explains how it came to be.
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Tailem Bend has its Topics, Mannum has its Mag, and now Mypolonga has its own community newsletter, too.
The first edition of the as-yet-unnamed newsletter was sent out on Thursday, by email and in hard copy.
The project was the brainchild of Pria Martin, a born local who moved back to the area about 10 years ago.
Since then she had become involved in the football and netball clubs, the progress association and, more recently, Mypo’s ag town of the year bid.
That recent experience made her realise how helpful a community newsletter would be to the many new families who had moved into the area, or people like herself who had moved back after many years away.
With so many homes and businesses spread out across the area, people might not know what was right around the corner.
Even the families who were already part of the community’s overlapping social circles – the school, the sporting clubs – would benefit from having local information brought together in the one place.
“While Mypo isn’t as big as (Mannum or Tailem Bend), we’ve still got plenty to offer,” she said.
“Whether it’s a football club tea or a bingo night, there’s heaps to promote.
“It’s about letting the community know what's available for them.
“There’s even things I’ve found out ... I didn’t know how many orchards there still were, or how many small businesses there are.”
She has already fielded a few suggested names for the newsletter, including Mypo Messenger, Mypolonga Happenings, Mypo Voices and Mypo River Ramblings.
In the long run, she said she didn’t mind what it was called, or even who put it together each month.
“At the moment it’s just about getting it up and running,” she said.
“What happens from here is anyone’s guess.”
More information: www.facebook.com/Mypolonga-Community-109400453808750.
Contribute a news item or suggest a name for the newsletter: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Pria Martin on 0418 892 277. (And send any stories to email@example.com while you’re at it, of course.)