Don’t underestimate Avenel Action Group
Each year the group submits a plan to the Strathbogie Shire Council outlining its plans for the coming year.
Every four years, the group comes up with a long term plan, outlining their larger, more expansive plans. That plan is due to be resubmitted in 2018.
The group recently released their annual report, which revealed the scale of work the group had completed in the past year and also that they were well on track to complete all projects outlined in the most recent four year plan (2014-18).
These projects include the upgrading of the Avenel Swimming Pool, the refurbishment of the Avenel Memorial Hall, and the development of more paths and walkways within the community.
“It’s looking like we will implement all of the things we set out to achieve in our 2014-2018 plan on time,” Mr Moran continued.
“One of the most important projects we’ve been involved in is the local swimming pool, which we have managed to keep thanks to the improvements the action group has made.”
“The pool now has a roof on the changerooms, a new fence and more tables and chairs to make it a better place to come and spend the day for both kids and families.”
Mr Moran said that as well as continuing to improve the pool, which was having a positive effect on increasing the number of visitors in recent years, the action group were funding more facilities for the town’s growing number of young people.
He said that the group were drawn to the plan after some of those young people came to one of their meetings asking for assistance.
“The development of a new skate park at the recreation reserve is our next big project,” he said.
“What many people might not realise is that the biggest demographic in our town are those aged between 0-14.
“As these young people get older they are going to need things to do. Although we have plenty of parks and swings and things like that, we need more advanced facilities for those who have outgrown the play equipment.”
“The skate park will be available all year round and will be a great addition to the town.”
The group is hopeful the new skate park will be finished in the next year.
The group won’t be stopping there.
Other projects already scheduled for 2018 include new drainage for the town, signage, VicRoads road improvements, lighting for the tennis courts, a new walking map and directory, hosting the Annual Fun Run, Bindii removal and the Annual Antique Expo.