Club Old Bar was the venue for the second Community Conversation for this area by MidCoast Council (MCC).
Unlike the first consultation in May this year, this session was not well attended with only about 35 people in the room, including councillors and staff. This, however, did not detract from the flow of information back and forth.
Mayor David West, Cr Katheryn Smith and Cr Troy Fowler were present and the presentation was led by general manager, Adrian Panuccio, Paul De Szell and Robert Scott.
The six priorities for the area identified at the May consultation were all addressed as to what progress has been made. As council is dependent on various State government entities before various works can be completed, progress is very slow and residents often find this frustrating.
In relation to the Coastal Management Plan, a paper is being prepared for submission in November concerning the success of sand scraping and the ground penetrating radar survey has been completed.
Further upgrades to Old Bar Road will be carried out this financial year with the remaining sections completed in the following two financial years.
Cycle ways and footpaths have been the most popular topics across the region so far. MCC will return to Old Bar on Monday, November 25 to address this topic.
Staff took feedback from the group in relation to the six priorities and then opened up for questions. Online questions and questions from the floor were answered by Mr De Szell or Mr Scott.
Other matters touched on were aerial weed spraying; establishment of a community garden; parking at the beach and Forest Lane upgrade. In relation to foreshore redevelopment, nothing is being done across the entire MCC area as there is no funding at present.
Remembrance Day at Old Bar
The Old Bar Beach RSL Sub-branch will hold a ceremony at Club Old Bar on the 101st anniversary of the signing of the armistice.
It will commence at 10.45am next Monday, November 11, outside, weather permitting.
All members of the community are most welcome to attend.
Lions exchange student
Old Bar student Jacob Nash has been selected as a Lions Youth Exchange Student for 2019.
He will visit America, staying in Austin, Texas in December this year, returning home in January 2020.
The Youth Exchange program was established in 1961 to give youth the opportunity to travel to exciting international destinations for up to six weeks.
Whilst overseas, the youth lives with one or more families associated with Lions International to experience firsthand a new culture, lifestyle and customs.
The aim of the program is "to create and foster a spirit of understanding among the people of the world." To find out more about the program go to lionsclub.org.au/activities/youth/ye/about-the-program.
The Lions Club of Old Bar wishes Jacob all the best for his travels and hopes he achieves his goals in his adventures. Thanks to all who supported Jacob with the purchase of the raffle tickets and again, well done Adam for winning the prize.
Adam Stevenson from L J Hooker Old Bar Beach Real Estate was the winner of the raffle organised by Jacob Nash and Old Bar Lions Club recently. This raffle was part of Jacob's fundraising efforts to assist him with his expenses.
Adam was presented with the prize on Tuesday afternoon at a small ceremony at the office.
National recognition for Old Bar
It has just been learned that an Old Bar event made it into Readers' Digest. In a 2018 edition of the well know magazine, the annual health expo organised by the Old Bar Men's Shed received a mention.
Business and Community Association meets next week
The Old Bar Manning Point Business and Community Association holds its bi-monthly meeting next Tuesday, November 12 at Flow Bar, David Street.
Members are encouraged to attend to contribute to the discussion about the many projects that are under consideration.
New members are always welcome. You don't have to be in business to join. Some members are interested area residents.
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