Initially it was local organisations the Bellingen Youth Hub, the Bellingen Mentor Group, and ETC who got behind the idea and supported with seed funding and project management.
The project then went from strength to strength, bringing in more and more supporters. A number of local organisations came on board, including Climbing Anchors, Bellingen Shire Council, CEL, local schools and Bellingen Shire Youth Services.
With no bouldering wall available to climbers on the Coffs Coast, word quickly got out to local climbing enthusiasts and instructors about the project. Ready to support the climbing community, they then shared their expert knowledge in mapping out the logistics of the project. These climbers continue to contribute time as volunteer supervisors to ensure the ongoing success of the Wall.
The passion for the project swiftly became bigger than just climbers and community organisations – members of the local community began to join the effort, volunteering time and funds in order to see such a dynamic community initiative come to life.
Behind all this was the driving force of the staff and volunteers at the Youth Hub, providing project management, operational, marketing and fundraising support.
“The amount of community support we have received has been phenomenal. This project has gathered interest from a wide range of local people and that’s why I love Bellingen – people aren’t afraid to put their hand up and help out.
In my job I am lucky enough to witness this generosity and community spirit every day.”
Dean Besley, Hub Co-ordinator