Whittlesea is a small country town with rolling hills and friendly faces. It must be the heart of the Shire. On the edge of suburbia and with suburbia slowly closing in on this sanctuary of a township. I call it a sanctuary as it is where I take my family when city life becomes all too much for us.
I become overwhelmed easily by modern living and suburbia even though it is where I live. At the age of 37 I was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism as I think it is now correctly called.
I am concerned greatly about the future of the township of Whittlesea, what will become of it once urban living takes over the country side! The sanctuary for myself and my family will be lost.
Whittlesea still holds a way of life which has been left behind in the hustle and bustle of more urban areas; my Autism finds the country way of living a lot less overwhelming to the senses. My mother moving me to Lakes Entrance as a small child most definitely saved my life. The country way of living is more peaceful and fulfilling and I suffer fewer overloads to my senses.
Prolonged overload to my senses leaves me feeling very depressed to the point where taking my life becomes as option over the constant barrage that suburban living places upon me.
I’m fairly sure that a country life is a sanctuary to many others as well, not just people who have Autism. That is the reason I’m writing this article to find out how many others out there, not just with Autism but others who suffer from sensory overload like me. I am also writing this to find out how many people out there can also share their story of what Whittlesea Township means to them and how many people would like to preserve this way of life?
Please send me an email on our form below and let me know. I would love to here from you!
I have so many dreams for the township and none of them include anymore fast food outlets, but more small organic produce from within the municipality.
I would love to see people come to Whittlesea and learn maybe:
- How to milk a cow
- Pat a horse
- Re-learn some of the important ways of living off the land
We are starting to lose all that – piece by piece.
I would enjoy reading stories about how locals have come to call this place their home. A history written by the people themselves in their own words.
In some ways I wish I could place a protection barrier over the town to keep it as it is. In my mind’s eye, I can see a farm that is also a sanctuary and a school, where people come to connect with the animals and nature. There would be ponies for children that are on the spectrum, where they could get the sensory input that only a horse can provide. A Cafe would also be a part of the farm; the cafe would only sell locally grown and made products – all organic. There would be equine therapy taught and provided also. Meditation classes also. It would be steeped int he richness of history that Whittlesea has to offer and the whole community would be welcome to share their time and skills with others. It would be the first of it’s kind in Australia. There is a place in existence that is similar to what I am proposing but it is in America – Green Chimneys. It is a bit different and not just for children, but for all ages. The farm would work closely with local schools and Tafe Colleges. How magnificent that would be to have a sanctuary to go to!
“Dreams when shared can become reality”
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