Over the past three weeks many Moree locals would have seen the My Moree Facebook page and inspiring videos pop up on Facebook and wondered who was behind it all.
The page - which features stories from some well-known local identities has gained over 3,000 page likes and over 94,000 views of the videos - is the brainchild of Moree Plains Shire Council’s Integrated Planning and Economic Development Teams’ Libby Carter and Susannah Pearse.
“Earlier this year, Moree Plains Shire Council held a number of community meetings and business workshops where the community repeatedly voiced their concerns about the negative perception of our town, often perpetuated by our own residents,” Council’s Integrated Planning and Reporting Manager Libby Carter explained.
“We identified that we needed to do something about changing the way our own residents think and feel about this town” she said.
“We are aware that there are ongoing issues in this town, but these issues are not unique to Moree, and in spite of these issues, we have all chosen to call Moree home,” Council’s Economic Development Officer Susannah Pearse went on to say.
“The My Moree Facebook page and videos were developed as a way of reminding people of those reasons why they choose to live here, by showcasing some community members who really believe in this community and are strongly invested in it.”
Moree Plains Shire Council has been overwhelmed by the response to the videos, which were created in collaboration with local filmmaker Sascha Estens.
The videos feature the Moree Mobile Neighbourhood Watch Group’s Chris Binge and Lloyd Munro, freelance journalist Georgina Poole, and local business owner and tradesman Tyler Macey, and have been liked and shared from Moree, to Sydney and as far afield as London.
Although originally aimed at our local residents, the page has had spin off benefits in building the profile of Moree, with reports of visitors making unplanned stops in Moree after having seen the videos and the beautiful footage of our town.
To view the videos and show your support for Moree, head to the My Moree Facebook page, and like and share the page and the videos.