Striv­ing to bet­ter Avenel

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IF you now have a path or walk­way out­side your home in Avenel you can thank the group be­hind the progress of this prac­ti­cal beau­ti­fi­ca­tion.

The Avenel Ac­tion Group has, in con­junc­tion with the Strath­bo­gie Shire Coun­cil, ne­go­ti­ated the devel­op­ment of more paths and walk­ways through­out the town.

This beau­ti­fi­ca­tion is the re­sult of a res­i­dent’s sug­ges­tion into the 2014-18 Avenel Ac­tion Plan and chair­man of the group Jeff Mo­ran said this was one of three pri­or­i­ties which are well on the way of mak­ing Avenel a very pleas­ant place to live.

In ad­di­tion to the paths and walk­ways swim­ming pool up­grades, play­ground equip­ment and Avenel Mar­ket has been re­cip­i­ents of the ac­tion group’s sup­port.

A skate park has been a long term ob­jec­tive for Avenel youth and it will be vis­i­ble by the end of the year.

The skate park will be lo­cated in a cor­ner of the recre­ation re­serve mak­ing it part of the sports precinct and it will pro­vide an­other phys­i­cal out­let for the youth of Avenel.

“For these plans to come to fruition it takes time and I am pleased to say that the foun­da­tions of the skate fa­cil­ity will be poured later this year,” Jeff Mo­ran added.

“These ac­tions and achieve­ments are only pos­si­ble with the sup­port of our vol­un­teers and our good re­la­tion­ship with the Strath­bo­gie Shire Coun­cil and we thank them for their con­tri­bu­tions.

“We have also pro­vided an air con­di­tioner for the Neigh­bour­hood House, new chil­dren’s play equip­ment for Ju­bilee Park and new ta­bles and chairs for the Avenel Mar­ket.”

The ac­tion group has been be­hind fundrais­ing and the up­grad­ing of the Avenel Swim­ming pool fa­cil­ity fol­low­ing a sur­vey they con­ducted with the com­mu­nity.

Sup­port of the pool will con­tinue so that there is a fa­cil­ity that can be used by young and old into the fu­ture.

The ac­tion group vol­un­tar­ily sup­ports the sta­tion­eers and any­one us­ing the rail ser­vice from Avenel would be heart­ened by its neat and wel­com­ing gar­dens and sur­rounds.

“We are also sup­port­ing Bob Bun­tine’s quest to re­move fruit fly from Avenel and I know Bob is keen to talk to any­one with a fruit tree in their front or back gar­den,” Mr Mo­ran said.

Next year the ac­tion group will again seek in­put from res­i­dents for their pri­or­i­ties to en­hance their liv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in Avenel as they de­velop their next Avenel Ac­tion plan.

At the re­cent an­nual gen­eral meet­ing of the Avenel Ac­tion Group Jeff Mo­ran was re­turned as chair­man, John Hyland as sec­re­tary and Grace Ken­wor­thy as trea­surer and the group wel­comed An­thony Ken­wor­thy as its new vice chair­man.

Res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to bring forth their ideas and sug­ges­tions for fund­ing sup­port to the Ac­tion group meet­ings which are nor­mally held on the sec­ond Thurs­day of the month at the Avenel public school at 7.30pm.

ON THE RIGHT TRACK: Tak­ing the Avenel Ac­tion Group through to 2018 are (left) John Hyland sec­re­tary, An­thony Ken­wor­thy vice chair­man Grace Ken­wor­thy trea­surer and Jeff Mo­ran chair­man.

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