Successful partnership benefits the community

Community facilities across the Council area were the winners last week, when 450 employees from Pernod Ricard Winemakers headed out in the community to volunteer.
The partnership between Pernod Ricard Winemakers and Council saw staff spend an afternoon volunteering at community sites as part of the company’s ‘Responsib’All Day’. Working collaboratively, staff spent a few hours giving some much loved community assets a facelift.
Brett McKinnon, Global Operations Director for Pernod Ricard Winemakers said, “The enthusiasm was electric. One of the marvellous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn't as individuals. When we pool our strength and share the work and responsibility we can accomplish many tasks.”
Employees performed a variety of transformation tasks including painting, landscaping, general clean-up and improvements at various locations, including the Lyndoch Oval, Nuriootpa Pool, the Rex, Tanunda Sports Complex, Mount Pleasant Golf Course, Barossa Regional Gallery, Rowland Flat Community Centre, the Altona Reserve at Lyndoch and Wasleys Community Hall.
Mayor Bob Sloane said the result from just one day’s work was incredible, with several community assets really ‘glowing’ after a little TLC.
“We were blown away by the sheer amount of work that was achieved across the Council area in just one day,” said Mayor Sloane.
“Many Council and community facilities rely heavily on the work of volunteers, and often the workload is beyond the capacity of these volunteers, which is why it was great to have so many extra pairs of hands tor really give these facilities the lift they needed.
“Aside from the visible benefits this initiative delivered for the community, it has further highlighted the ongoing successful and productive relationship we have established with Pernod Ricard Winemakers across a variety of projects.
“Council staff who volunteered alongside Pernod Ricard Winemakers staff found the experience to be extremely rewarding, and enabled them to establish new relationships and at the same time make a genuine contribution to the community.
“It really is a positive example of how partnerships like this can make improvements that benefit our community, at a grassroots level.”