Longwood Resilience Loop Tour
Robyn Guyton has dreamed up an economic and social regeneration initiative which was launched with great success this November. The project takes the Western Southland loop route around the Longwood mountains, passing through 15 small economically depressed country towns, with several more on the edges – all with cheap land and an over-supply of housing. The idea is for an electric truck to pick up and drop off along the loop to each communities ‘depot’, bottled milk, artisan bread, knitted socks, vegetables, fruit, handmade gifts, wooden spoons, weekly Western Southland Newspaper, chemist prescriptions, mail, cut flowers. To feed the community their needs without having to travel far. There will be many opportunities for social enterprise and self-employment where those living could build to support themselves and the community increasing the local economy to a healthier balance!
The tour will follow this route, to discover the unlimited opportunities for social enterprise and self-employment which exist in places on the verge of ‘closing down’. Once its thriving, this project is set to become a model for other impoverished bio-regions around the country.