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Journeys : Apr May 2012
warmer months, local residents come together on the ‘communal’ river f lat, which is made available to us through the generosity of four families whose unfenced properties border the creek. We bring salads and something for the barbie, the kids play cricket or run around and the adults cook, eat, sip and chat. Occasionally there’s even a drop of some very tasty local whiskey. What a great way to finish off the weekend! I was beginning to realise what a wonderful community my family has landed in. But my most moving moment living in this street was four years ago, when our triplets came home. It was a joyous but hard time for us. So much had to be done! A friend and neighbour asked me to give her a call when we were leaving the hospital. “ Why?” I asked. “ You’ll see,” she laughed. We were turning into Waterworks Road with our three new babies when we spotted the first banner. Our neighbourhood had rallied together to place signs and placards all along the road, welcoming Amy, Dan and Lucy home. As we pulled up our drive, there were many helping hands to carry the children up to the house. I had a big lump in the throat and my own ‘waterworks’ department was working overtime to hold back a floodgate of emotional tears. Then came the food! Our community and friends from further away had drawn up a roster and we had a meal brought to us nearly every night through the first year. In those first few months, it was not unusual to wake up and hear someone doing the dishes or preparing food in the mor ning. Neighbours regularly came over early to help, often before going back to their place for breakfast with their own families. Others were regular helpers w ith the babies. There are many people in our valley who give their time for the greater good of the community. Some of our projects include maintaining the Waterworks Valley website, running meetings on sustainability and other communal issues, organising the inaugural long table community dinner (which looks like becoming a bi-annual event), creating a community garden and presenting a har vest fair. So, that’s my favour ite slice of Tasmania – right here with my family and friends – as a member of our community in South Hobar t’s Water works Valley. JanineBrookesJanineBrookesAndySemmlerJanineBrookesJillSmith,Tulipphotography Family photo ab ove: Taylor, Cary, Lucy ( on knee ), Jes (at back), Amy, Dan, Son a, Ziah and Jack at the b ack April / May 2012 47
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