News from the Old Bar community

RSL fundraising suspended

The last meeting of the Old Bar Beach RSL Sub-branch received an unwelcome directive from RSL State branch.

All fundraising by all RSL entities such as sub-branches and Women's' Auxiliaries is to cease until further notice.

Old Bar sub-branch members and supporters have been conducting meat raffles outside the newsagency for many years.

Some of the proceeds of these raffles have been donated monthly to local organisations such as the pre-school, Old Bar Public School and the RFS, to name a few.

Being a sub-branch with a small membership, the inability to raise funds in this manner will significantly affect their financial viability unless the issue is resolved quickly.

Newly appointed State President, James Brown, advises this suspension comes as a result of internal reviews conducted by the new RSL State Council.

The State Council resolved to take quick and decisive action to prevent any further technical non-compliance, and to continue to ensure the integrity of public monies handled by RSL NSW.

"It is not because of fraud, or misuse of charitable funds.

“This suspension is happening because RSL NSW has determined its technical fundraising procedures are not compliant with the required standards" Mr Brown said.

On a lighter note, South Hurstville RSL sub-Branch have offered to donate $2000 to Old Bar for a project of their choosing.

This money could be used to go towards an Old Bar Public School trip by year 6 students to the Australian War Memorial Canberra in October.

Veterans Health Week will be held this year from October 21.

Craft@Old Bar

Jan’s cute and quirky tea-towel shirt is easy to make and will add humour to any kitchen.  

Bring two tea-towels, striped if you can find them, large button,  cotton to match, needle and pins plus, of course, your craft kit.

August 30 is also our Trading Table day.  

Please remember to bring along your items for sale and cash to support a worthy cause.

Need any more information?  Please ring 6553 2500 or 0415 785 608.

Garage Sales-R-Us

Old Bar's annual mega garage sale is about to happen again.

Now in its eighth year and sponsored by the Old Bar Beach Festival, it is once again set to attract huge crowds of bargain hunters to the town.

In the past, they have come from across the state and even from interstate.

It will be held on Saturday September 2. To register,  call Chris on 6553 3122.

This is a unique opportunity for Old Bar residents to hold a sale as you won't see a bigger crowd of clients at any other time.

Sand Replenishment Group to "Hurry Up and Wait"

A well attended annual general meeting of the Old Bar Beach Sand Replenishment Group (OBBSRG) was held at Club Old Bar last Sunday.

In her eighth annual report to the group, president Elaine Pearce outlined the objectives and principle activities over the past nine years.

Very little practical work has been done directly towards beach protection, other than that carried out by group volunteers by way of dune fencing and sand traps.

Although that provided some mitigation of the erosion by tides, it has largely been destroyed.

It is now not practical to replace it as there is insufficient depth of sand.

The hessian will be left in situ as it is degradable and will provide some stabilisation but the stakes are being retrieved for future reuse.

No further grants for this type of work will be sought until after sand scraping has been carried out.

Sand scraping was approved by the State government in January this year and it is hoped that will be undertaken before the end of this year.

Following the treasurer's report, the election of office bearers took place and the committee was re-elected.

A number of council candidates were present at the meeting and Gerard Tuckerman, manager Natural Systems with MidCoast Council was present and spoke.

Having been employed at the former Great Lakes Council for a number of years, he has a good understanding of sand replenishment with work being undertaken at Jimmy's Beach at Hawks Nest over a number of years.

MidCoast Council is to manage the Coastal Management Program with Andrew Staniland as the Project Manager.

Mr Tuckerman advised of the huge amount of work already done by council but that the process will proceed slowly because of the many areas that need to be involved - strategic planning; engineering; natural systems; parks management and finance. The year 2025 was mentioned as a possible date for final approval of the Coastal Management Program by the state government.

On a more positive note, Mr Tuckerman advised that action to address the Racecourse Creek outlet should take place this financial year.