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The Cittaslow Australasia network

In 2007, Goolwa in South Australia became the first Cittaslow outside of UK and Europe! See www.cittaslowgoolwa.com.au for more details.

A few days later, Katoomba Blue Mountains also became accredited and this started the process of building the network in Australia called Cittaslow Australasia. As recent as May 2011, Yea in central Victoria was accredited as our 3rd Cittlaslow, completing the foundation of the Southern Hemisphere network.

More recently, a growing number of towns and villages have voiced their interest in joining the network and now there is a way that enables this to occur, without directly involving a delegation from Orvieto, Italy, the Cittalsow International headquarters. (By reducing travel we reduce our ecological footprint and this is one of the aims of a Cittaslow)

Other towns actively exploring Cittaslow accreditation are Bright and Dandenong Ranges (VIC), Kempsey (NSW), Willunga, Kangaroo Island (SA) and Bellerive (TAS), with Matakana in New Zealand, leading the Kiwi program. These we are aware of though there may well be others.

An Assessment Team has been formed under the name of Cittaslow Australasia Incorporated which will visit and inspect prospective Cittaslows and recommend them for accreditation. So, once the necessary submission has been approved by Orvieto, they may become fully endorsed locally and part of the CAI network.

If your town, village or precinct would like to consider becoming a Cittaslow, please contact us for more on

Historic meeting of Aussie Cittaslows
Historic meeting of Aussie Cittaslows

On 13th August 2010, the first joint meeting of Australian Cittaslows took place in Goolwa and many hours were spent discussing how to move forward with the developing of the Australasian Network. We met the Mayor, Kim McHugh, Frank Tuckwell, a councillor, Graham Webster, the GM and Tanya Mitchell from their Tourism. Also present was a group of hardworking and passionate locals and we spent the morning in solid discussion, exploration and good will to continue the successful collaboration with Alexandrina Council. Then, we went to lunch at Signal Point, compliments of the Council. For more detail on the meeting, see attached article form the local newspaper Southern Argus.

At last - June 2011
At last - June 2011

Cittaslow Yea - 3rd leg of the Autsralasian network

For Yea, the work required to get accredited was significant - two years of discovery, surprise, documentation and creativity. They achieved Cittaslow certification and were excited to see video of the Cittaslow International gathering in Poland, as they announced that Yea had been formally approved for membership. Now, they are planning projects, devising our membership model, assigning portfolios and collaborating with other community groups. We believe we can add something special to Yea and its community, at a time when so much change is occurring in the Shire and beyond. Our town is unique and we want to share some of that with the world. Visit www.cittaslowyea.com.au

One of our own

Inaugural CAI AGM - May 2012

In 2011, Cittaslow International designated Goolwa as the "lead town" for the establishment of the Australasian Cittaslow Network. One of the early tasks for the Australasian Cittaslow Network is the establishment of the Australian criteria based on the original Italian goals. There will be more details to come.

Meanwhile, getting on with business meant an AGM was required and this took place in Katoomba in May 2012 and a very enjoyable and productive time it was. Further work was carried out in the Australasian set of accrediation criteria and other important matters. The next AGM is planned for Sept 2013 in Goolwa.

Cittaslow Australasia incorporated

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