The Old Bar Men's Shed commenced in 2011 and has struggled to find a permanent home throughout the ensuing period.
Finally they have a home, adjacent to the EG Trad Field. The shed's main effort is currently fitting out the interior and having the services connected so that normal activities can resume.
The Old Bar Men's Shed held its AGM on July 2 with a new committee elected to help steer the shed through its first year at their new permanent home.
The elected members are: president John Macartney; vice president Terry Russ; treasurer John Richter; secretary John Macartney; project officer Peter Myers; shed manager Ken Smith; catering manager Luigi Cicutto; back up secretary David Denning; back up treasurer Ian Woollard; members' representative on management committee, Peter Myers, Jens Pehrson, Jeff Collins.
David Denning remains as public officer and project officer.
The shed meets every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 9am and new members are most welcome, or if you just want to see what Men's Sheds are all about, just drop in for a cuppa, or give John Macartney a call on 0427 787 296.
Tax Help day changed
Tax time is here and the Australian Taxation Office's (ATO) Tax Help service will be assisting low-income earners with simple tax affairs to complete their tax return online with myTax. Tax Help volunteers provide a free and confidential service for people on low incomes of around $60,000 or less to get their tax right.
They can help with lodging and amending tax returns online using myTax, or to claim a refund of franking credits. Volunteers can also help you claim any deductions and offsets you may be entitled to.
If you're eligible for Tax Help and use email, you will need a myGov account linked to the ATO. Volunteers can help you create your myGov account and link it to the ATO if you haven't done this already. If you don't use email our Tax Help volunteers can still assist. Call the Community Technology Centre at Old Bar on 6553 6677 to find out if you're eligible for help and make an appointment.
The Tax Help volunteer will be providing the service on Tuesday mornings, commencing next Tuesday July 16. Appointments are necessary.
Will Mudbishops/Farquhar area be Improved?
In January this year, the Old Bar Beach Sand Replenishment Group (OBBSRG) became aware of an offer by Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead to endeavour to obtain a grant of $375,000 from the State Government :
- Improve recreation access to the beach areas at Farquhar protecting biodiversity management areas (migratory birds).
- Improve vehicle access and car park improvements
- Fencing to protect and manage priority areas
- Improvements to pedestrian access
- Educational interpretive signage
- Installation of a viewing platform
- Vegetation management, including weed control and bush regeneration
- Pest animal control targeted for management during migratory bird breeding season and the transfer of up to 15,000 square metres of sand to old Bar Beach (3.7km) for temporary nourishment in the area fronting the surf club and primary school.
The OBBSRG, as well as the wider community, is greatly concerned with the condition of Mudbishops Park. In the 1980s and 1990s it was a favourite place for families and especially mothers and children. It can now be a foreboding place with motor vehicles doing "wheelies" and destroying the grassed surface.
OBBSRG president, Elaine Pearce, said she would like to see if any community grants may be available for restoration and protection of this park.
"As our local member, Stephen Bromhead, has indicated his support he obviously has checked the park out and feels that this upgrade is necessary," she said.
"Our interest, apart from the fact that it is desperately needed, is the 15,000 cubic metres of sand included which would be moved to Old Bar Beach for protection of particularly the new $8 million school building and the surf club."
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