Don’t un­der­es­ti­mate Avenel Ac­tion Group

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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.

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