Meet Dalyellup’s Local Doers: Lisa O’Neill from the Dalyellup Collective

Town Team Local Doers Lisa O'Neill Dalyellup Collective
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We like to bang on about how great (or rather, OK!) Perth is – but our greatness doesn’t just happen out of nowhere!

With a mission to create thriving, connected and empowered communities, Town Team Movement is all about “doers”.

We’re partnering up with Town Team Movement so we can shine a light on some of the people who help make our communities so unique, and just a few of the excellent initiatives they’re working on.

This week, we’re featuring Lisa O’Neill, one of the brains behind the Dalyellup Collective, one of the South West’s local Town Teams.

Town Team Local Doers Lisa O'Neill Dalyellup Collective

Could you introduce yourself?

I’m Lisa O’Neill, Chairperson of the Collective, a dedicated mother of two, and actively involved in various community committees striving to make positive changes in our neighbourhood.

What drives your investment of time and energy into your local Town Team?

My passion lies in fostering a sense of community and belonging. Growing up, my family’s involvement in community projects left a lasting impression on me. I want to ensure that everyone, especially our children, has the opportunity to create cherished memories and experiences within our town.

How does your community benefit from the Town Team’s efforts?

The Town Team serves as a hub for like-minded individuals with diverse interests but a shared goal of community betterment. Through collaborative events and initiatives, we support local businesses, foster community engagement, and create a vibrant, inclusive environment for all residents.

Despite the positivity, what challenges do you encounter within the Town Team committee?

Burnout among volunteers is a significant challenge. Many of us are driven by a desire to make a difference, often neglecting our own well-being. Recognising the importance of self-care and finding balance amidst our commitments is crucial to sustaining our efforts.

Town Team Local Doers Lisa O'Neill Dalyellup Collective

What are some short and long-term goals for the Dalyellup Collective?

In the short term, we’re gearing up for our annual Christmas event, aiming to unite the community through festivities and collaboration with local businesses. Long-term, we strive to continue organising diverse events, from children’s activities to adult social gatherings, fostering community spirit year-round.

How do you ensure continued engagement and commitment from members of the Town Team?

We kickstart each year with a comprehensive planning meeting, outlining our calendar of events and projects. By distributing responsibilities and seeking support from both volunteers and sponsors, we distribute the workload and maintain enthusiasm throughout the year.

Do you find the community receptive to your initiatives?

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Absolutely. Through platforms like Facebook, we not only inform the community about upcoming events but also receive valuable feedback and suggestions. The positive responses fuel our motivation and reinforce the importance of our endeavours.

What strategies do you employ to keep the Town Team active and involved?

Communication is key. Regular meetings help us stay organised, while delegating tasks ensures that everyone feels invested in our projects. Additionally, seeking external support, whether through sponsorships or grants, enables us to expand our reach and impact within the community.

Want to get involved and become a doer in your own community? Head to the Town Team Movement website to learn more.

Photography and interview by Ophélie Barbeauedited by Perth is OK!