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2020-04-29 Community & Lifestyle
Author: Satterley Property Group

VIRTUALLY TOGETHER - Keeping Satterley communities connected during COVID-19

Feeling connected to your community is especially challenging in current times. Satterley’s in-house Community Development team were devastated to have had to cancel so many community programs and events we know residents love and that bring our community together! 

Still, where there is a will, there is a way and so the ‘Virtually Together’ program was coined to help residents stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic and to recreate all the special moments and events people love from the comfort and safety of their own homes.

The program is jam-packed with fun family friendly activities to bring the community spirit to each and every home; through in-home movie nights, neighbour kindness cards, collective kite flying and a driveway disco to the favourite tunes from participating communities in Allara, Eden Beach, Catalina, Heron Park, Honeywood and Dalyellup Beach.

Our ‘Virtually Together’ program shows that there are plenty of ways to stay connected even in times where people need to stay physically distanced and at home,” said Community Development Manager, Amy Blundell

While some of the giveaways are limited to residents in participating Satterley communities, we are encouraging all our Facebook followers to be  ‘Virtually Together’ with us and join in the activities from their own home,” she said.

The program kicked off by cross promoting another innovative response to the coronavirus restrictions whereby WWF Australia took Earth Hour unplugged and online in 2020 with a special line-up of Aussie musicians, comedians and special guests.  While TVs may have stayed on for the special live entertainment, households across Satterley communities switched off their lights and watched on in the dark at 8:30pm on Saturday 28 March 2020 knowing that the same was happening in homes across the world to mark Earth Hour. 

Next were the community kindness cards, offered in both physical and online format and designed to encourage people to consider those that may be vulnerable in their community and to reach out to offer assistance in a safe way. 

  

“I’ve just moved in and was wanting to reach out to my neighbours safely.” – Honeywood resident

Understanding the void and disappointment created by cancelled camping trips over the Easter long weekend, the Satterley Community Team provided something to look forward to with an Easter Sunday at-home movie night challenge.   With movie nights being one of the most popular events ton the community calendar,  the aim was to beat physical attendance records by having as many people watching the same movie at the same time, from the comfort of their lounge room.

Households that registered received a movie treat pack via contactless delivery, filled with popcorn and Easter eggs for families to enjoy while watching the movie.

The result was incredible! Over 1,200 people from Two Rocks to Busselton rose to the challenge by hitting play on the hilarious family favourite, Storks, at 7pm on Easter Sunday making this Satterley's largest movie night audience in recent history! Feedback from residents demonstrated just how much this activity meant to them being at home.

“I'm immunocompromised, so we haven't been able to go anywhere for weeks now so this is something special for my kids.” – Dalyellup Beach resident

Nigel Satterley, CEO Satterley said, “One of Satterley’s greatest assets is our in-house Community Development Team that has been pivotal in turning our residential developments into lively neighbourhoods and connected communities. Our current circumstances may mean we need to be physically distant, but our community spirit stands strong and we want to do everything we can to make sure our residents stay connected.”

The virtual fun has continued more recently over the school holidays with special visits from ice-cream and coffee vans bringing treats to the safety of peoples’ driveways, as well as testing families' collective engineering skills with a kite assembly and front yard flying event.

I’m working from home and have heard the truck many times teasing me. I don’t want an ice cream, but still such a sweet gesture to both residents and the ice cream business.” – Catalina resident

Thank you for this event! The kids loved it. Was a great reminder how lovely our little Eden Beach can be.” – Eden Beach resident

Over the coming weeks, there’s plenty more to stay ‘Virtually Together’ and involved in your community whether it is within a Satterley estate or elsewhere.

Follow any one of the participating community Facebook pages to join in all the virtual fun which is keeping us safe and smiling.

Allara (Eglinton) | Eden Beach (Jindalee) | Catalina (Clarkson & Mindarie)

Heron Park (Harrisdale) Honeywood (Wandi) | Dalyellup Beach (Dalyellup, Shire of Capel)

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