(August 14, 2019)
by Ian Dimmock

Sand Replenishment Group AGM
The 10th annual general meeting is set for Sunday, August 25, 2019, 2.30 pm at the Club Old Bar. Members and prospective members are very welcome and can perhaps contribute “think power” and any ideas which might help us move forward with protection of our beach and replenishment of the sand. The Old Bar Beach Sand Replenishment Group was inaugurated January 2009, so it has been working ten years for our community to save our beautiful beach and protect community property.
Speaking to the meeting will be our two MidCoast Council Coastal specialists, Andrew Staniland and Dr. Thomas Doyle who are very approachable and having regular meetings with us, keeping us up to date with the many instructions they get from the state government with regard to this Coastal Management Program (CMP) . The present plan since 2015 is a practical coastal engineering solution by world leading coastal engineer Angus Jackson’s four stage plan now sitting with MidCoast Council pending completion of the “Old Bar Manning Point (CMP)” which council is working to have completed by the end of 2020.
Most locals would be aware that some success was enjoyed in 2018 with sand scraping at a cost of $90,000, the outcome of a visit with then Minister for the Environment, Rob Stokes in 2017. This is protection for which the group is grateful and is hopeful this will now be included in yearly maintenance of the beach. Our community needs to be vocal about the very distressing state of Farquhar Inlet – once a local water sport highlight. Now there is much being said about being able to walk from Mudbishops across the built up sand to Farquhar Park and questions being asked about the solutions.
Contact Elaine Pearce, President on 0407 229-145 for any enquiries.

Vietnam Veterans’ Day at Old Bar
A service to commemorate Vietnam Veterans’ Day will be held at the Old Bar Public School commencing at 9.45am next Sunday, August 18, 2019. The Veteran Community from all services, regardless of when and where you served, are invited to march. Commodore Chris Smallhorn, RAN, will be taking the salute.
After the march a service will be conducted in the Old Bar Public School Assembly Hall. Tea, coffee and nibbles will be provided after the service. For further information please contact John Macartney 0427 787 296.

The 17th annual general meeting of the Old Bar Beach Community Technology Centre will be held at 5.30pm, Monday August 26 at Club Old Bar. Members (volunteers) and their spouses and partners are encouraged to attend. The group plans to join together after the meeting for a meal together. This is an organisation that is entirely run by volunteers and open five and a half days a week.
New volunteers are welcome to join the ranks. Please contact President, Ian Dimmock via the CTC 6553-6677 or speak to one of the volunteers on duty.

Craft @ Old Bar
August 21 sees us creating a unique garden sculpture with Jenny R as our tutor. For information as to requirements please ring 6553-2500 or 0415 785-608. This is a two part project with completion set for September 4. Craft@Old Bar meets on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesday of each month, school holidays excepted. Our venue is the Soldiers’ Memorial Hall, David Street, Old Bar, from 11am until 2pm.