01 January 2020 PROGRESS update / Vale Geoff Dingle
What a cracker of a Progress meeting on Monday 25Nov2019, to end the year. The meeting started with Cameron and Charles [Council] + Louise [RFS] talking about emergency services, bushfire management and preparation. Then we had a report from Councillor Chris Doohan, with much discussion on the following topics:
- PSC community engagement policy
- Boomerang Park [RT]
- Community club [opening early March]
- Catholic college roadworks
- Peppertree Rd closure for development of services
- Proposed Medowie Rd servo
- Ambulance station priority
- Bower estate cycleway
- Yulong oval building replacement
- Anna Bay 7-Day makeover
- Town centre toilet options
- Priority of road upgrade
- Koala hospital
- SES facilities [in conjunction with Ambulance services?]
- Wish list items ... submit details direct to Cr Chris Doohan (see link below)
- Successful Medowie Lions emergency appeal
- Medowie Lions Driver Reviver
- JohnB has a tent for use by Progress for promotional activities
- Progress now has 2 x Secretaries [job share] https://medowie.nsw.au/medowie-progress-association.html
Thank you to all who have supported Medowie Progress throughout 2019.
On a more sombre note, yesterday Geoff Dingle passed away after a long illness. Geoff, a former MPA president, was a community stalwart with his contributions and commitment spanning many decades in many ways; Geoff gave his all to the community he loved. Our thoughts and prayers are with Libby, family and friends who miss Geoff's presence, contribution and leadership. The photo of Geoff and other MPA members is from our 2015 farewell to Rob Wilkinson.
For many [way too many] the end of 2019 and the start of 2020 has not been happy due to the ravaging bush fires. Our thoughts, prayers and giving go out to those affected, as well as to the firies, police, SES, Councils, neighbours, and all others who are fighting, serving and supporting all the communities impacted by and in the line of fire. Thank you all.
Medowie is no stranger to fire.
After evacuating from the Oct2013 Medowie bushfire [thankfully our home was saved due to the efforts of firies + experienced and brave neighbours who called in the firies] I received some wise counsel from ABC radio presenter Helen Clare: "be kind to yourself"; if more can do this then, perhaps, 2020 can be a year of being kinder to each other.
Medowie Progress Association