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From stranger to neighbour: making a new life in Cobar

Western Plains App

Luke Williams

08 April 2024, 7:40 AM

 From stranger to neighbour: making a new life in Cobar Reverend Daymond and his wife Brittany. IMAGE: Supplied

James Daymond says its been just over 12 months since he came to Cobar and only now does he feel like he is starting to become part of the community. 


"It's a long process" he told the Western Plains App "Maybe you're never a local until several decades in a county town. But I love the community here". 


Mr Daymond came to Cobar 12 months ago to become the town's first full-time Anglican Minister in 20 years. 

Now he is leading the way to co-ordinate Cobar's special welcome to other new residents.


Reverend Daymond came to Cobar after six years working as an evangelist, first in Narromine and then Mudgee. 


"I love the central west region and I feel called to here by God". 


He said he has "increasingly come to appreciate its beauty" and loves the "beautiful walk down to the new reservoir". 


5pm, Monday 
April 8, 2024 
Come and be 
welcomed by the 
You'll meet other new 
people and be given helpful 
guidance to fast-track you 
settling in so that you can 
make the most from living 
in Cobar. 
RSVP to James 
0415 036 144 
Cobar Youth & 
Community Centre 
(Harcourt St) 
This is an event arranged by th 
Cobar Christian Churches as a 
way to serve our community. 
It is not a religious event. 

Image: Supplied. 


"Exploring the district has just been great," he explained. 


Now Reverend Daymond is taking the initiative – he is co-ordinating the first 'New to Cobar' event for several years. 


"We want to make sure new people are welcomed to the community and meet new people. I just think it is really great that when you are new, you are welcomed". 


A national report by Ending Loneliness Together released in August found 35 per cent of rural Aussies feel lonely. 


While the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare says that 'social isolation and loneliness are concerning issues in Australia due to the impact they have on peoples’ lives and wellbeing.'  


"Loneliness has been linked to premature death, poor physical and mental health, greater psychological distress and general dissatisfaction with life". 

"I hear that loneliness is such a huge issue," Rvd Daymond said. "So I encourage everyone to come to this event. Even though its run by churches, it is not a religious event and everyone is welcome."