Two MidCoast Council coastal specialists, Andrew Staniland and Dr Thomas Doyle will address the 10th annual general meeting of the Old Bar Sand Replenishment Group meeting.
Members and prospective members are very welcome and can perhaps contribute "think power" and any ideas which might help the group move forward with protection of Old Bar beach and replenishment of the sand. The meeting is on Sunday, August 25 at 2.30pm at Club Old Bar.
The group was inaugurated January 2009, so it has been working 10 years for the community to save this beautiful beach and protect community property.
Group president Elaine Pearce said the guest speakers Andrew Staniland and Dr Thomas Doyle are very approachable and have regular meetings with the group, keeping members up to date with the many instructions they get from the State government with regard to this Coastal Management Program (CMP) .
The present plan, made in 2015, is a practical coastal engineering solution by world leading coastal engineer Angus Jackson. This four stage plan is now sitting with MidCoast Council pending completion of the Old Bar Manning Point (CMP) which council is working to have completed by the end of 2020.
Most locals would be aware that some success was had in 2018 with sand scraping at a cost of $90,000, the outcome of a visit with then Minister for the Environment, Rob Stokes in 2017. The group is grateful for this protection and it is hoped this will now be included in yearly maintenance of the beach.
Ms Pearce said our community needs to be vocal about the very distressing state of Farquhar Inlet - once a popular water sport venue. Now there is much being said about being able to walk from Mudbishops across the built up sand to Farquhar Park and questions being asked about the solutions.
Contact Elaine Pearce on 0407 229 145 for any enquiries.
Vietnam Veterans' Day at Old Bar
A service to commemorate Vietnam Veterans' Day will be held at the Old Bar Public School commencing at 9.45am next Sunday, August 18.
The veteran community from all services, regardless of when and where you served, are invited to march. Commodore Chris Smallhorn, RAN, will be taking the salute.
After the march a service will be conducted in the Old Bar Public School assembly hall. Tea, coffee and nibbles will be provided after the service.
For further information please contact John Macartney 0427 787 296.
CTC annual general meeting
The 17th annual general meeting of the Old Bar Beach Community Technology Centre will be held at 5.30pm on Monday, August 26 at Club Old Bar. Members (volunteers) and their spouses and partners are encouraged to attend.
The group plans to join together after the meeting for a meal together.
This is an organisation that is entirely run by volunteers and open five and a half days a week.
New volunteers are welcome to join the ranks. Please contact president, Ian Dimmock via the CTC 6553 6677 or speak to one of the volunteers on duty.
Craft at Old Bar
August 21 sees members creating a unique garden sculpture with Jenny R as tutor.
For information as to requirements please ring 6553 2500 or 0415 785-608. This is a two part project with completion set for September 4.
Craft at Old Bar meets on the first, third and fifth Wednesday of each month, school holidays excepted. The venue is the Soldiers' Memorial Hall, David Street, Old Bar, and the time from 11am until 2pm.