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Wrap-up of Better Together 2019: National Community Foundations Forum

After months of planning and build-up, our Better Together Forum came and went over 3-4 beautiful warm days in Goolwa at the end of October.

The local community embraced the Forum and we made the local news!

Warm thanks to everyone who made Better Together a success: our hosts – Brad Butler, all at the Fleurieu Community Foundation, the Namawi performers and the community of Goolwa; His Excellency Governor Hieu Van Le AC; our fabulous presenters including colleagues from The Funding Network; special guest Erin Phillips; the Spirit of the Coorong boat crew; Felicity at Fleurieu Function Centre and the team at One Paddock Currency Creek winery; sponsors and partners, and of course – everyone who attended and participated actively and generously.

Community Foundations Showcase
A special shout out to the nine Community Foundations from five states that submitted Showcase entries. That’s a high proportion of our membership (29% to be precise) and a great uptake of a new idea introduced with relatively little lead time. There were two entries from Foundations that were not able to send anyone to the Forum in person. We are delighted you shared your stories. They were on display throughout the event and will be used as case studies to help us illustrate the important work you all do in your communities. We look forward to growing this program over the coming years.

“Hi team ACP: I just wanted to congratulate you on a very successful conference. There was a strong feeling of community, so much willingness to collaborate and provide support and advice. Your leadership is inspiring something special and I hope you can see the fruits of your hard work (it was certainly evident to me).”

DGR1 Campaign Update | November 2019

Where we’re at with the DGR campaign

Our sector’s on-going campaign for DGR reform is gathering momentum, thanks in good part to leadership from Stand Like Stone Foundation on the Limestone Coast in SA.

The Foundation hosted a visit from their local federal MP Tony Pasin, Member for Barker, and Assistant Minister for Finance, Charities and Electoral Matters, Senator Zed Seselja in September. Stand Like Stone directors took the opportunity to show the Minister their work on the ground and explained the challenges the current DGR regime poses for community foundations, especially those working in regional Australia. The Minister indicated an interest in working on a solution.

On 24 October, Tony Pasin referred to this visit and the DGR issue in a speech in Parliament:

The lack of appropriate DGR status causes significant issues and costs for many community foundations, particularly those in rural and regional communities. For the sector as a whole the administrative costs involved in working around these issues is estimated at $1.5 million a year. That’s $1.5 million that could be going to the many good causes that foundations like Stand Like Stone support. Community foundations like Stand Like Stone play a huge part in giving and supporting community action but this barrier is a handbrake on grassroots giving.

Community foundations need to be granted DGR item 1 status, thereby reducing the red tape and administrative burdens of workarounds, enabling a more collaborative environment for private ancillary funds. I’m working with my colleagues, including Senator Seselja, on this issue. I’m hopeful that a solution can be found, so that this handbrake can be taken off the sector and off great organisations like Stand Like Stone that are doing so much good in the … community.

Since then, with a bit of coordination from ACP several Community Foundations in electorates held by Coalition MPs have written to their local Members, asking the respective MPs to contact Minister Seselja to support the case for DGR reform for community foundations.

We are delighted that Tony Pasin MP is championing the cause of community foundations.
Thanks to Stand Like Stone for creating this opportunity for us to keep making the case for reform jointly and persistently. Watch this space!

Where to stay in Goolwa

Goolwa is a riverside town just south of Adelaide. There is a range of accommodation options catering to all needs and budgets, including Airbnb, Stayz, self-contained apartments and hotels. Below we’ve shortlisted accommodation for small and large groups, to help you find a place to (briefly) call home while you’re with us on the Fleurieu Peninsula. 

Goolwa and the surrounding area

Goolwa’s neighbouring townships are also great spots to stay while you’re at the Forum (see map). Travel times (by car) are listed below for your reference.

  • Goolwa Beach: 5 minutes
  • Goolwa North: 6 minutes
  • Middleton: 8 minutes
  • Hindmarsh Island: 13 minutes
  • Port Elliot: 16 minutes
  • Victor Harbor: 20 minutes

For one or two people

The average cost on Airbnb is $90-100 per night for one- to two-bedroom places, which can be found in Goolwa and all the way down to Victor Harbor. On Stayz, you’ll find places to suit one or two people for around the same. There are lots of homely riverside cottages to choose from!

Rooms start at around $90 per night, while something a little more luxurious can be found for $120 or so. Take a look on to find yourself a good deal.

Accommodation options for three or more people

For three- and four-bedroom places, the average cost on Airbnb and Stayz varies from $250 to $300 per night. There are beachside and riverfront places perfect for small groups. Get in and book early to secure yourself comfort and even a little relaxation while at the Forum.

Self-contained apartments

Studios, apartments and houses, whether for large groups or an individual looking for a little privacy, Goolwa and Goolwa Beach have options for $200 per night and up. Check these out on the Fleurieu Peninsula’s official website. Lots of charming places to call home!

How to get to Goolwa

Goolwa is roughly 85 kilometres south from Adelaide Airport, we recommend travelling by car or bus. Please read on for a brief guide on these to help you arrive safe and sound at the Forum this October.

To register your interest in a shuttle bus service from Adelaide to Goolwa, please complete this form and we will be in touch in due course with more details.


Hiring a car at the airport is simple and straightforward. Plenty of car hire companies have desks at the airport. More information on car hire can be found here.

The drive from Adelaide to Goolwa takes around one hour and 20 minutes, with the choice of two main driving routes and not much time difference between them.

The Southern Expressway is the most direct route, via the McLaren Vale, also called the Gateway to the Fleurieu. The alternative, and arguably more scenic route, is the South Eastern Freeway.

If you come to Goolwa by car, keep your eyes open for the heritage-registered Aboriginal Canoe Tree at Currency Creek.


For public transport to/from Adelaide Airport, Adelaide Metro offers an express double decker bus service called JetExpress between the airport and the city.

Bus transport to Goolwa is available with Link SA. Visit the Link SA website for timetables and prices or contact the Goolwa Visitor Information Centre on phone 1300 466 592 or email

More information

For more information on the area, please get in touch with the Goolwa Visitor Information Centre.