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The City of Greater Bendigo is promoting a video campaign, Voices of Optimism until the end of the year and the aim is to promote the positive force of optimism in our community and showcase why this region is a great place to live, do business, study and enjoy.

You can watch videos from the community who have already shared their optimism here.

Share your video on optimism

You are invited to contribute a short video to the campaign and we are seeking a variety of comments from community members from all walks of life. Participants are asked to record a short video on their phone responding to the same question: “What makes you optimistic?”

The short videos will be collated and selected ones will be promoted and shared on the City and partner social media channels. These videos may also be used for other marketing promotions for the region.     

Instructions for filming

  • Hold your phone sideways (horizontally/landscape), rather than vertically/portrait to record your video
  • Keep the phone steady or ask someone else to video you if that’s easier
  • Please try to reduce background noise and speak clearly to the camera
  • Try to film in a single quiet location if possible
  • Keep your video length between 30 seconds to a maximum duration of 1 minute, 25 seconds
  • Answer one question: “What makes you optimistic?”

Sending the video to us

Please complete the short online form by Friday December 4, 2020. Good luck and we look forward to watching your video! 

A free virtual Cafe Series on optimism is also available to watch

Last August, The Centre for Optimism Director Victor Perton presented a free virtual Café Series where special guests shared their optimistic outlook from a personal, business and community perspective. The interviewees revealed some extraordinary challenges and setbacks in their own lives.

If you missed the series, you can still watch them at your leisure.

On Thursday August 6, 2020 – Victor Perton presented Voices of Optimism - a conversation with Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke and her close friend and leadership expert Mary Dwyer. Both talked frankly about their longstanding friendship and how staying optimistic helped them both to cope with some very difficult times in their personal and work life. A recording of the virtual event is available to watch here.

On Thursday August 13, 2020 – Victor Perton presented Voices of Optimism – in conversation with Coliban Water Managing Director Damian Wells, who broke his neck in a cycling accident a week before starting his new role at Coliban Water last year. Damian explained how optimism helped him to overcome this life-changing moment. A recording of the virtual event is available here.

On Thursday August 20, 2020 – Victor Perton presented Voices of Optimism - in conversation with Bendigo Foodshare Chair Cathie Steele who said her 'glass half full' attitude was down to Foodshare's amazing volunteers and recipients and their positive, caring and passionate outlook on life. A recording of the free virtual event is available here.

Thursday August 27, 2020 – Victor Perton presented Voices of Optimism – in conversation with Bendigo Community Health Services CEO Gerard Jose. Gerard said optimism was part of his DNA and his staff continued to remain upbeat, creative and positive whilst providing a critical role during the pandemic. A recording of this free virtual event is available here.

The City is collaborating with The Centre for Optimism which is a global movement to ‘empower people to become more optimistic themselves and to foster optimism in those around them. To find out more, please visit:

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