The Tidy Towns NSW Sustainability Awards conference took place over the weekend in Scone and surrounds.  Our Where There’s a Will team was humbled to present how our Upper Hunter community of 11 settlements has expanded positive education in 34 schools, preschools and early learning services (ages 2-18) to embed positive psychology throughout our community.

We have over 660 educators building capacity for wellbeing within over 6,000 students aged 2-18, throughout the Upper Hunter.  This is a brick-by-brick approach over many years.

Our goal is to embed and empower our community to grow positive psychology within and beyond the school gates.  Then it will be truly sustainable.  We’re working on it…

Now as our second wave, we are beginning to build an understanding and tapping into those with a positive passion, to take Positive Psychology and Education beyond the school gates to all members of our community. We are expanding our focus to assist sporting clubs, community organisations, councils and businesses to embed positive psychology into the community.

The Tidy Towns name has always been synonymous with community pride, cohesion and above all community action. The awards reach beyond tourism to encourage, motivate and celebrate the sustainability achievements of grassroots rural and regional communities across Australia.

On Saturday night, on behalf of our Upper Hunter Community, our Chairman, Scott Shann, accepted an award for Bush Spirit.  The Upper Hunter is the world’s largest positive education community cluster model.  It is growing beyond our school gates, because of you and each member of our community who has opened your mind to a positive way of thinking, growing and living.  That’s the positive, bush spirit. Well done to all of you!

Gunnedah, The Southern Highlands and Tuggerah are now using our blueprint to build their healthy, thriving communities. Thus, the positive bush spirit continues to strengthen.