The Progress year has started with a strong beat and looks like a crescendo is looming throughout 2015.
Already there have been Australia Day Awards received, a review the CPPA’s constitution undertaken and a trial of the landholder backyard surveys completed. 2015 is looking to be a very progressive year around the Coal Point peninsula.
Australia Day accolades have been bestowed upon the Coal Point Progress Landcare crew and Toronto Area Sustainable Neighbourhood Group (TASNG) as joint winners of the Lake Macquarie Community Group of the Year. Additionally Suzanne Pritchard was nominated as Citizen of the Year and local Steve Dewar was honoured with the Volunteer of the Year award.
From the Australia Day Awards program the Coal Point Landcare tribute was summarised thusly “the huge amount of time donated to protecting these (local) valuable assets is a testament to the group members’ generosity. Coal Point Landcare group’s ongoing commitment of 20 years is not only hugely beneficial to local ecosystems but is also an inspiration to the wider Lake Macquarie community”
The TASNG team’s synopsis stated “the extraordinary outcomes TASNG has achieved provide a shining example of what it takes to make a real difference, having influenced government town planning decisions using education and engagement as a channel for creating positive behavioural change and providing many hours of hands-on work to restore and rejuvenate areas of Toronto.”
Steve Dewar was recognised as “being the driving force behind the Tossers Can Be Binners project…(his) enormous passion, commitment and generosity sets him apart as an outstanding volunteer and citizen of Lake Macquarie.
Membership renewal to these great groups is now due.
Congratulations one and all!
L-R Margaret Byrnes, Steve Dewer, Judy Hughes, Robyn Gill, Mayor Jody Harrison, Greg Piper MP, Suzanne Pritchard, Jean Austen, Lois Simpson.
Not in picture: Dianne Onslow, Nico Marcar, Tricia Hunt, Tony Stephens, John Gill, Tony Dynon, Ian Dennison.