‘Soup’er event highlights local ideas

The Vic Park Collective is feeding community ideas through their micro-granting dinner event, Vic Park Neighbourhood Soup, recently helping kickstart local business Planet Party Kits. 

VPC Committee Member Kat Wray said the event aims to encourage collaborations between businesses, residents and the local government. 

“It’s definitely a great way to connect the community with original ideas which will ultimately benefit them,” she said.  

Residents, enthusiasts and supporters pay a $10 entry fee, which gets them a bowl of soup and a vote. Throughout the event they listen to short pitches from up to four people working on projects which aim to benefit the community and cast their vote with the crowd favourite receiving all the funding raised at the door.  

Victoria Park resident Lisa Mills said aside from the event being a fun night it gives the community some ownership over projects going on in the town.  

“I’ve seen some amazing ideas put forward and it gives you a sense of pride knowing you have supported and helped these ideas come to fruition,” she said. 

Ms Wray recently pitched her own passion project, Planet Party Kits, through the event and was successful.  

Planet Party Kits provides reusable partyware in favour of the commonly used single-use options widely available. Photo: Caolan McGovern-Daly.

Planet Party Kits is a reusable partyware hiring business aimed at reducing disposable, single-use, plastic partyware from entering landfill. 

She said the $1130 she received from being the crowd’s favourite has helped kickstart her business which would otherwise have been an “out of pocket expense”.  

Ms Wray said her idea isn’t new or original but rather it is about providing a sustainable option to the community which is why it was so well received.  

“I keep going to these children’s parties and it’s frustrating seeing the amount of single-use party waste there is so I decided I would try and offer reusable party supplies as an alternative,” she said.  

Ms Wray said the fact the event isn’t revenue concerned emphasises the positive impact it has had on the community and encourages interested residents to get involved.

“It’s about helping establish community-driven and funded ideas,” she said.  

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