Video: In a rural area a white hall with a red roof sits among leafy trees. Text reads, "Introducing Budgeree Hall Committee: A 2020 Australia Post Community Grant Recipient." The Australia Post logo sits in the bottom right corner.
A woman with short blonde hair is interviewed near the hall and a sign reading, "Budgeree Hall. Budger-Tea, Thursdays 10:30-12:30. Starting Feb 18. Free. All welcome." Text: Leanne Potter, Budgeree Hall. Reserve Committee Secretary.
Rolling green farmland is punctuated by trees and scattered buildings.
Audio: Leanne: My name's Leanne Potter. I'm the secretary of the Budgeree Hall Committee. And we're a farming community, so we're on big farms, most of us. We don't get to see each other very often, so we don't get those opportunities to catch up, have those chats that we know is so important for connecting and keeping our wellbeing in place.
Video: Inside the hall, people chat near a table covered with pastries. A large red teapot sits on a stand.
A bearded man stands outside the hall. Text: Anthony Watts, Local Community Resident.
Inside the hall, many teacups are arranged on a counter. People holding mugs chat.
Audio: Anthony: To have this here in Budgeree is just brilliant and I can't thank Australia Post enough, and I'm sure that I speak on behalf of a lot of people. I think there should be far more of this type of thing where people can come together and touch base with other people that are going through the same thing. It is just so invigorating and it's uplifting.
Video: Leanne sits in front of the hall. Inside, old wood chairs are marked "Budgeree Hall" in faded ink. People have morning tea together around a table. Many are elderly.
Audio: Leanne: One of the outcomes of Budger-Tea is to connect the community to each other. We know connection is, you know, a sign of wellbeing for communities, for individuals, and we know being lonely is a red flag that someone's mental health may be deteriorating, and so part of Budger-Tea is just checking in to make sure that we haven't got that loneliness happening just because we're physically isolated from each other.
And we run it every week. Part of that is to make sure that if you miss one, you know, it's not a long time before you can come back and reconnect with everyone again.
I really want to thank Australia Post. It was a very simple concept that we were going with that we knew would work, but it's going to have a big impact on our community. Yep, a scone and a cup of tea, that's all it needs, and somebody to talk to.
Video: A man waves as he leaves the hall. Inside, pastries are arranged on a stand. Teapots with different patterns sit on a table.
Audio: Anthony: When we connect, we feel better.
Video: The Australia Post logo appears in white on a red background.