Local business owners and interested residents participated in a networking and discussion workshop last month with special guest and Totally Locally founder, Chris Sands, leading the way.
The Totally Locally phenomenon is about more than just shopping locally. It’s also about creating strong, vibrant towns and sustainable local economies.
This was the flavour of the workshop on Tuesday May 24, which was hosted by the Barossa RDA at the Two Wells Bowls Club.
The workshop attracted a small but enthusiastic group who relished the opportunity to share and discuss ways to improve and attract business to Two Wells, particularly the main street, grow awareness of local businesses within the district and strengthen partnerships between local business owners and the wider public.
Barossa RDA’s Craig Grocke was enthusiastic about the evening, saying the conversations started at the workshop would hopefully be continued in coming months.
Mr Grocke said much of the discussion centered around ideas of what could be done in the town centre to attract more people to the area, with those in attendance putting forward a suggestion of some type of informal gathering or small event where ideas could be canvassed from locals about what they might like to do in the main street.
“There were ideas around history and heritage and how to feature that more,” he said.
“There was discussion about the great businesses around the area and how we can link interesting places and businesses.
“There was definitely discussion about looking at some of the opportunities as the town grows and what this means for local business (and) also realising we need a couple of things to draw attention to the opportunities that are out there. Defining and branding the identity of Two Wells was also a strong discussion point throughout the evening, especially along the lines of “being proactive and defining that before someone else comes along and defines it for you”.
Mr Grocke said there was a lot of ideas about creating little events or spaces to try and give people a purpose to visit, dwell and share but to do so would mean business and council would need to work together.
“We need better places for conversation,” he said.
“Simple things were raised, like, there aren’t enough seats or tables for people to stop and sit.”