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 Dave Lindner: one of the brains behind the Vic Park Collective Town Team.
Could you share the secret behind your enduring commitment and active involvement?
Personally, contributing to the community aligns with my core values and purpose. It’s more than just a duty; it’s an integral part of who I am. I have a deep connection with my community, and the desire to contribute to its well-being is a driving force in my life.
When did you realise that community involvement was your calling? Was it before joining the Town Team?
No, it happened after I became part of the town team. I’ve always appreciated the idea of community, the sense of belonging, and knowing my neighbours. Small towns resonate with me because they foster these connections, even though it means there are no secrets, and occasional inconveniences are part of the package.
What do you enjoy most about being part of the community?
I relish the sense of belonging, the genuine connections, and the ability to contribute positively. While big cities offer vibrancy and unique experiences, the tight-knit nature of small towns allows us to be there for one another, fostering resilience and a sense of togetherness, which I find immensely fulfilling.
Balancing your personal life and community involvement must be challenging. How do you manage to stay active and dedicated, especially considering the voluntary nature of your work?
It’s true, it can be challenging, but my passion for community involvement makes it a natural part of my life. My family supports my endeavours, and we find ways to make it work. It’s not about finding time; it’s about being true to who I am. If I weren’t involved, I wouldn’t be true to myself. Lots of people care about this area. We are a bunch of like-minded people who want to come together and do fun things in town.
How does the group manage to work together collaboratively, keeping the four core principles (community connectivity, inclusivity, and sustainability) in mind for the long term?
Our collaboration is driven by a shared vision and a flexible approach. People join and leave based on their energy and capacity. The group’s actions reflect the members’ ideas and passions at any given time. We don’t rigidly stick to predetermined plans; instead, our principles guide our choices. When someone brings a new idea, we support and nurture it as a group. If they choose to move on after their idea comes to life, that’s okay. There’s no pressure to stay forever, and we embrace the fluidity. Most importantly, we prioritise enjoyment. If something isn’t fun or fulfilling, we reassess and adapt. Not every endeavour succeeds, and that’s alright; we’re supportive, easy-going, and understanding of each other’s contributions.
What initiatives are the Vic Park Collective focusing on in the coming year?
We have two significant projects underway. The first is the Collective Shed, a library of things that the community can borrow, reducing the need for individual ownership. We’re transforming a shipping container into this space, promoting sustainability and community sharing.
Our second project is called “Electrify Vic Park.” It aligns with the goal of transitioning away from fossil fuels. We’re exploring ways to electrify our homes, businesses, and transportation. While it’s a significant challenge, we’re initiating conversations, sharing success stories, and collaborating with the community to explore practical solutions.
Looking back, what accomplishment of the Vic Park Collective are you most proud of?
Reflecting on our journey, I recall a pivotal moment earlier this year. We, as a team, questioned our purpose and existence. This introspection was a testament to our growth. We asked ourselves if our goals were achieved, and if we were still needed. This self-awareness and questioning has led us to believe that we might have achieved our initial goals when we first came together. Additionally, initiatives like our car-free day project and the mural have brought our community together, showcasing our collective spirit and resilience.
Want to get involved and become a doer in your own community? Head to the Town Team Movement website to learn more.