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Sunday, November 29, 2015

DCSCA Open Day celebrates a new beginning

Drysdale & Clifton Springs Community Association (DCSCA) will hold an Open Day on Saturday December 19, 11.00am - 3.00pm at 164 Wyndham Street, Drysdale.

The Open Day will include a garage sale, a plant sale, live music, a Lions BBQ and a raffle. Drysdale glass artist Glenda MacNaughton will demonstrate glass-blowing and beadweaving, as part of an "Open Studio".

Members of the DCSCA Committee and of its Festival of Glass sub-committee will introduce the association and its work to visitors and hope to sign up some new members.

-->DCSCA President Rick Paradise said, "I'd like to thank the association's committee for organising the Open Day. Now, we need to get out and promote the Open Day through posters, media and talking to friends."

Association Secretary, Patrick Hughes, called the reprieve a new beginning for the association. "It means that we can return reinvigorated to representing local people’s views", he said, "as well as lobbying for increased local facilities and working with local organisations and the council to promote the well-being of local people and their environment."

The association invites contributions to the Open Day's garage sale; they can be left at the venue on the afternoon of Friday 18 December.  

A project conceived under pressure!
The Open Day was planned originally as a fund-raiser, at the time when DCSCA faced a potentially ruinous bill for $5,500 in legal costs - the result of an action at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

The association had asked VCAT to overturn the planning permission granted to Caltex franchisee Milemaker Petroleum to build a service station at the junction of High Street and Jetty Road, Drysdale. VCAT dismissed DCSCA's application and ordered it to pay $5,500 legal costs to Milemaker by 7 December.

Fortunately, on November 6, Milemaker decided to waive the bill, relieving the financial pressure on DCSCA. By then, planning for the Open Day was well underway and the DCSCA Committee decided to turn it into a celebration of its reprieve and a drive for new members.

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