Bucketty in the 21st century

Bucketty has a bright future ahead. In a world that is speeding up all the time, with massive environmental problems, it is possible that Bucketty could remain the oasis it currently is.

From the very beginning, people in the community have taken responsibility for their own affairs, not relying on others to do things for them. This independent attitude still exists and the many personal and community initiatives are excellent examples of this.

This uniqueness has also been recognised further afield.  Cessnock Council was very supportive during the 1990s in facilitating the process of community ownership. The Convict Trail and Wombat Rescue Projects have been recognised nationally, and even internationally, demonstrating that a small community can make a difference in a globalising society.

Bucketty has reached a level of maturity and strength that enables its residents to decide for itself where its future lies.  This future will doubtless bring with it increased pressure to develop the area – either by enthusiastic new residents or by outsiders who can see that this peaceful enclave has a value for city people tired of the rat race.  This could be exploited.

It is inevitable that community-driven activities which deal with issues ‘in our own backyard’ will occasionally create tension.  Communities are comprised of individuals and it is important to remember that people have settled here for their own reasons.  They are entitled to live their lives according to their personal beliefs and philosophies.

It is heartening to see the positive attitude that exists, and to have observed that it is possible to work out differences without losing the cohesion of our small community.

It is also important to realise that many semi-permanent residents choose to take a much lower profile in the community.  They see Bucketty as an escape from the weekly hustle and bustle of the city and don’t necessarily want to become involved.

A strong sense of individuality, linked with the drive for community ownership and a willingness to stand up and be counted, are the characteristics that will be critical to the Bucketty community in the future.  Add to this the need for tolerance and goodwill between individual residents and we can perceive both a challenge and an opportunity for the Bucketeers of the 21st century – I feel privileged to be a part of this community.

Paul Budde

1)  It is interesting to note that the only other known place called Buckety is also spelled with one t. The Buckety plains are in the Victorian Alps at an altitude of 1500 metres, 30km from Falls Creek. The Faithful family settled it at the end of the 19th century. There is a hut and there are cattle yards on the Buckety Plain and in many respects the place resembles the Bucketty Paddocks.