Merrifield Project Director Matt Planner said that the new role is a key milestone. “Appointing a Community Development Manager has always been a priority for us and with a rapidly growing population at Merrifield, the time is right to start implementing a range of initiatives for the emerging community.”
Tennille Bradley-Ow has been appointed the role and has already hit the ground running in January.
“I am really excited about what we can deliver to our community,” said Tennille. “l have many years’ experience working in community engagement, predominately within Council, delivering small and large scale projects.
“I also live in a new community myself so certainly understand the needs of Merrifield residents. We have some exciting initiatives planned.”
Tennille added that the Merrifield community is a proud group. “Already, it is clear just how passionate Merrifield residents are about their new home and the community they are helping to develop.”
Tennille will be looking to engage directly with Merrifield residents in the first half of 2017 to understand community needs and interests, both now and into the future. This will include a residents’ survey and a drop-in session. Information gathered will inform the development of a Community Development Plan and a longer term Merrifield Community Vision.
The first free community event of 2017 will be held on Saturday 4 February, coinciding with the first land release for the year. Residents, friends and families are invited to a twilight movie screening commencing with free live entertainment, an animal farm, balloons and food trucks from 5pm, with the 3D animated Disney movie, Zootopia screening from 7pm. The Summer Sessions: Movies and Music series is jointly sponsored by the Hume City Council and Merrifield.