A GROUP of community members from all different backgrounds who have a common interest in seeing positive change at Apollo Estate met with Gawad Kalinga founder Tony Meloto on Monday to discuss guidelines and plans for the area.
Gawad Kalinga is an organisation aimed at tackling poverty that has been successful in helping more than one million people in the Philippines and developing countries such as Indonesia, Cambodia and Papua New Guinea.
Representatives from Gawad Kalinga (meaning "give care" in Filipino) made several visits to Apollo Estate at Dubbo to meet with residents to get background information on the issues they faced and how they thought positive improvements could be made for the community.
During his visit to Dubbo, Mr Meloto is hosting several meetings with like-minded people who want to turn things around in Apollo Estate, and he believes there is great potential for the area.
"All different members of the community have been giving the best of themselves as they want the best outcomes for the community," he said.
"There are a lot of powerful people here that want to make change and that is a great place to start.
"We need to help the people here discover self-respect and engage in controlling their futures.
"The community need to be motivated to go to work and want to go to school and with the right programs in place it can happen."
Mr Meloto is adamant the approach to making change, whether it be in Apollo Estate or in any community throughout the world, requires input and engagement from the ground up and the relevant bodies that can provide assistance.
"People need to work together and that involves people living in the communities, and those who can make a change at a political, economic, behavioural and social level," he said.
Mr Meloto will continue to hold talks at Dubbo on Tuesday.