Following about two years of serious decline in active member interest, both from the businesses and the general community, the Old Bar Manning Point Business and Community Association is now experiencing a healthy resurgence in membership and interest.
The organisation held its annual general meeting on Saturday afternoon at the Old Bar Surf Club and many new faces appeared in the room and filled out their membership forms. Not only did they become members, but many also volunteered for a role on the committee.
Save for the treasurer, none of the positions were filled by the incumbent. It's a new team.
The elections resulted in the following: president, Mel Rosamond (formerly vice president); vice president (business), Cozette Leonard; vice president (community), Sally Pryor; treasurer, Steve Doessel; secretary, Sophia Miller; minutes secretary, Anne Rorke; then committee members, Liam Worth; Jenny Goldstein; Helen Chaplin; Annette O'Rourke; Kate Plakinger; Peter Rath and Kylie Rath.
The public officer, Ian Dimmock, agreed to continue in the role so no election was required.
The new team has the strength and appears to have the enthusiasm to drive projects to fruition so the challenge now will be to secure funding for the various projects envisaged as the association does not have a regular income source, other than membership fees and these do not make a significant difference to the bank balance.
Grants are available from time to time and so Federal and State representatives, as well as MidCoast Council, can expect to be hearing from the team soon.
Tax Help in Old Bar
Tax Help commences this Saturday, July 24. The Old Bar Community Technology Centre (CTC) is taking bookings now and already clients have booked in for the next two Saturdays. Our regular Tax Help volunteer, Belinda May, is providing this free service as in past years.
Appointments are essential and will are available on Saturday mornings from 9am to noon.
If your income is around $60,000 and is simple, Tax Help may be available for you. To ascertain your eligibility and make an appointment, ring the CTC on 6553 6677 between 10am and 3pm weekdays only. (Closed weekends and public holidays.). Or call in at the CTC at 5/45 Old Bar Road next to Old Bar Take-away and pick up your information form.
Markets this Sunday
The popular monthly markets at the beach are on again this Sunday. The markets kicked off last month following COVID close down.
Pop along and see what is on offer. A wide range of goods are offered for sale. At this stage, the forecast is for a sunny day.
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