Striving to better Avenel
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.