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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 Wotif.com 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!