Two Eight Two Eight, Gulargambone
Two eight two eight is a vibrant and innovative country-owned, multifaceted facility in Gulargambone (postcode 2828) on the banks of the Castlereagh River, 550kms north-west of Sydney. This diverse facility houses a Tourist information centre, café and art gallery, attracting regional tourists and encouraging community inclusion and participation. It was initiated in response to the increasing challenges facing remote towns across Australia; high unemployment, rural families leaving the land, limited job opportunities for young people, and the closure of businesses offering basic services. Two eight two eight officially opened in March 2005 as a result of the community’s strategic plan to revitalise the town.
Two RARE students are currently working with the community to diversify two eight two eight’s offering and build on its initial success. Multiple stakeholders will be consulted as the students and the community develop a business plan for these new initiatives ensuring both economic and social expectations are addressed.