Future plans receive support

Kimba has been selected as one of six South Australian towns to receive support in building a long term plan for addressing mental health challenges in the district.

The Fay Fuller Foundation 'Our Town' project will provide the local community with six to twelve months of mentoring, with the potential to become one of two towns that will receive a 10-year mental health funding package.

Fay Fuller Foundation chief executive Niall Fay said the Kimba community was highly involved in community development and adapting to the mental health challenges of living in a remote area with limited medical services.

"What we saw was a farming community with no natural water resources... having some really challenging times but at the same time doing some amazing things around mental health and wellbeing without the funding and resources," he said.

He said community stakeholders including the Kimba Mental Health and Wellbeing Group, local businesses and local government made Kimba stand out as a town with the potential to create solutions for its challenges.

"This is about the community's ability to help itself."

Mr Fay said the year would be about experts in social innovation sitting down with community stakeholders and mentoring them through the establishment of two long term plans; one for if the community receives the 10 years of funding and one for if they do not to ensure the town benefits from the process either way.

Meagan Lienert from the Kimba Mental Health and Wellbeing Group said while the main priority was aiming to secure the 10 year funding, the process had already assisted the community in identifying areas for development including long term planning, event promotion and attracting new resources.

She said the community had many "grand plans" for the future which would benefit from what the Our Town program could provide.

"They're just so helpful with the amount of knowledge they have," she said.

Mrs Lienert said Kimba was highly proactive in looking for ways to keep the town strong as it faces challenges maintaining its population.

"Building capacity to be more sustainable in the future is something that is a strength," she said.

Mrs Lienert said the community was also enthusiastic about sharing what they learned through the program with the wider Eyre Peninsula to help strengthen the broader region.