A JOINT Progress Association and Development Group meeting was held at the Kerang Library last month.
The meeting was attended by representatives of Gannawarra Shire Council, Kerang Progress Association, Kerang Lakes Community, Murrabit Advancement Association, Koondrook Development Committee, Cohuna and District Progress Association, Leitchville and District Progress Association, Quambatook Community Development and Macorna/Tragowel Progress Association.
“This was a great opportunity for all the groups to get together to find out about all the great work being done by progress and development groups around the Shire. Each group had the opportunity to highlight achievements of their community,” Gannawarra Shire mayor Brian Gibson said.
Cohuna and District Progress Association spoke of their success stories including The Gateway to Gannawarra Centre, Spences Bridge Drive Audio Tour, Gannawarra ACE club, Cohuna parkrun, St Kilda Film Festival, Blandowski Project, International Comedy Festival, 50 CEO’s visit and the Big Cohuna Festival.
“The group is mindful to put together good business models for all events to ensure they are sustainable not just now but in the future,’’ president Jason Hensley said.
Advocacy for the Cohuna community is an important role for the group, recently addressing duck hunting exclusion zones, hospital services, erosion and being involved in discussions regarding the long-term operation of the swimming pool.
Leitchville and District Progress Association have been involved in running a number of successful art shows with a mural being painted at the hall by local primary school students.
The RV stopover has also been a great initiative for tourism.
The Leitchville and District Progress Association also showed its concern for the picnic area at Kow Swamp and advised that 40 people had recently attended a meeting to discuss ways in which to save the site.
At the conclusion of the meeting the groups indicated they would like to maintain communication and develop stronger links between community groups.
Ideas were put forward about the development of ways to cross promote any events that are run and work closely to ensure those events can increase attendance.