LESS than five months since the formation of the Mount George Heritage Village Committee, good things are happening in the village of Mount George.
At the committee’s August meeting members noted just how much had been achieved in such a short period of time.
Visions for the future were also clarified and confirmed when the committee received and approved the final Mount George Strategic Plan prepared in consultation with community members by consultant, Kevin Williams.
The plan provides clear goals and objectives for village renewal and outlines steps to be taken to achieve these. The committee aims to prioritise work plans and seeks more volunteers to help implement them over the coming months.
Village beautification co-ordinator Adrian Northam has organised several clean up days with the next one scheduled for Sunday, August 25. Contact Adrian on 6550 6589 if you can help out.
Adrian has also liaised extensively with Greater Taree City Council and the NSW Rural Fire Service. The RFS will work with the community to prepare a community fire protection plan and assist with fire safety measures for community members who qualify under the AIDE program – aged, infirm, disabled and elderly.
The committee started off with a zero bank balance and members have been busy working to raise funds with guessing competitions and developing fundraising ideas.
Fundraising co-ordinator Dot Redman is looking for “happy campers” and volunteers to help out with a fundraiser weekend at Knorrit Flat Riverside Retreat over the weekend of September 7 and 8. Dot can be contacted on 6550 7541.
A plan for the future is the proposed “Back to Mount George” Anzac commemoration day in 2015. There are big plans to involve people of all ages and to make the event one never to be forgotten.
In the meantime the committee welcomes the news that council has approved an establishment grant of $800 under its annual donations program. This will contribute towards operational and promotional costs while other funds are being raised.
History research officer, Narelle Smith is on target with her history research plan and has been working hard collating historical information about the Mount George area.
Mount George has a wealth of wonderful history which the committee aims to document and promote over time, including installation of historic markers and a visual history display.
Appreciation was extended to Mave Richardson for her continuing support with
administration matters as well as her work sourcing ongoing grant funding opportunities. Mave would be pleased to hear from anyone willing to give a little time helping out with secretarial duties, phone:6553 5412. The Committee`s first Annual General Meeting will be held at the Mount George School of Arts on Thursday, September 5 at 6pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Committee Chairperson Gordon Redman is delighted with the way things are progressing. “We are off to a great start. We have a wonderful team of hard working volunteers and now we have a Strategic Plan. We hope all local residents will get involved in revitalizing Mount George as well as helping to put Mount George firmly on the tourist/heritage map where it so clearly belongs” he said.