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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Public Meeting June 2 2010 (2)

Recreation and Leisure in Our Community: what could make life better in Drysdale & Clifton Springs?'

This was the topic of DCSCA's latest Public Meeting, on Wednesday June 2 at 7.00 p.m. at SpringDale Neighbourhood Centre, High Street, Drysdale. The meeting heard from Bill Williams (Clifton Springs Community Men's Shed), Rob Evans (Youth Foundations Victoria) and from Aidan Keranen, of the youth project MISSION (Many Individuals Supporting Socially Important Options on the North Bellarine).

Their presentations revealed that these very different groups had some shared concerns. Two major common issues were the need for somewhere to 'hang out' and the ability to get there and return home. They sparked a lively discussion about the need for good public transport to support community facilities. The Men's Shed is examining the idea of a 'community bus' at SpringDale, bought by the City of Greater Geelong and/or the Lions and Rotary and supported by voluntary gold coin donations by passengers. Rob Evans and Aidan Keranen welcomed the idea, which is so obviously a good one that it's only surprising that there isn't such a service already. We'll be hearing more about this one!

The Clifton Springs Community Men's Shed heard recently that it has been granted $35,000 by the state government to develop its site and its services. This is terrific news and DCSCA is proud to have formally supported the application.

Unfortunately, Andrew McKinnon, Project Manager of Barwon River Parklands, was unable to be with us. DCSCA got in touch with Andrew via Parks Victoria and we would like to build stronger links with these organisations, because we are developing a policy on public open spaces in our region. As the work on this proceeds, there will be articles on this blog.

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