TEAMWORK. Cohuna District Progress Association president, Sonia Wright said in her annual report that the group will need to become more flexible in the support networks needed to fill the roles needed to keep the group motivated and progressive
COHUNA citizens have been commended for their willingness to work for their town.
Cohuna District Progress Association president, Sonia Wright said in her annual report that the group was fortunate to have many people who invest their time and creativity for the improvement of Cohuna.
Mrs Wright said that the association will need to become more flexible in the support networks needed to fill the roles needed to keep the group motivated and progressive.
“This has worked well this year with people fulfilling the roles that they have a special interest or knowledge in,” she said.
Examples were the focus group involved with the urban channel remediation project and the young Operation Next Gen group supporting special projects, such as next week’s Big Cohuna Festival.
“We have a ‘can-do’ attitude and a support network where help is only a phone call or a text message away, which is a positive position to be in,” she said.
Mrs Wright expressed gratitude for vice-president Alan Mitchell deputising on many occasions and the huge role taken by secretary, Fiona Miller, who supports the town she works in while not residing within the town or shire.
She also paid tribute to outgoing treasurer, Wendy McGlone.
“For over 20 years she has devoted so much time to fund-raising, attending various meetings around town and contributing in some capacity to making Cohuna the vibrant place it is today,” she said.
Mrs Wright said that the association achieved a lot in 2014-2015.
“We created a partnership with Cohuna Secondary College and were lucky to have year 11 Visual Arts students design a new logo and bumper sticker for us.,’ she said.
“The ‘cow jumping over the moon’ has served its purpose, but in moving forward, rather than looking back to the past, we felt we needed something new and fresh to represent us.”
Mrs Wright urged all citizens to support The Big Cohuna Festival next week.
“Let’s showcase what living on the edge of the Gunbower Forest is all about. We are a vibrant, resourceful and welcoming little community,” she said.
Other popular events staged by the association were the Carols in the Park, New Year’s Eve fireworks, the Australia Day breakfast, the St Kilda Film Festival and the Murray Music Festival.
Mrs Wright said that the association’s focus group is involved in ongoing discussions with Goulburn-Murray Water and Gannawarra Shire Council regarding the revegetation and renewal of the channel area following the recent works.
The association has donated $10,000 towards a commercial kitchen in the Cohuna Memorial Hall, $5000 for lighting in Garden Park and $500 towards a DVD and brochure for the Gateway to Gannawarra centre to offer self-drive forest tours.
Mrs Wright thanked association members who were involved in consultation for the Cohuna community plan.
“Working together, we are a positive force with an openness to change while respecting tradition, a willingness to put our hand up and work to make our gorgeous little town thrive for ourselves and future generations,” she said.
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