Braidwood Community Association reflects on year

Active: Braidwood Community Association inaugural committee. The committee is trying to secure more heritage funding for the town.
Active: Braidwood Community Association inaugural committee. The committee is trying to secure more heritage funding for the town.

It's now a year since the first meeting of the Braidwood Community Association. Thanks to to all those who have supported us during that time.

Our membership has steadily increased to include over 90 local residents, and we have a growing list of people who support us and appreciate the information we provide on local issues.

We've been able to work with Council on several community projects, and have been acknowledged as the link between it and the community.

Our first major project, a new playground in Ryrie Park, will be constructed in time for a grand opening on Saturday, October 19. We look forward to a wonderful celebration in the park on that day, after everyone has been to the hospital fete to support our local hospital and associated medical services.

We've been asked about community transport to places like Goulburn and Canberra, for shopping trips and medical appointments. Initial contact with Valmar Community Transport in Goulburn has opened up a conversation about different options they can offer.

This could include a regular minibus service to Goulburn, day trips for seniors, and transport for medical services. We hope to have a representative from Valmar at our next general meeting on Tuesday, August 27. More information will be available soon.

We are working with the Historical Society on the need for more funding for heritage preservation of Braidwood. Heritage funding to QPRC from the NSW Government has been reduced to a minimal amount.

Braidwood is a State Heritage listed town, yet we receive very little financial help to protect our heritage and our history. We are hoping to persuade the State Government to contribute more to the preservation of our history and heritage, in recognition of our listing as a State Heritage town.

The town of Beechworth in Victoria is often cited as a model for how this could be done, with funding from the State Government, in co-operation with QPRC and our fantastic town community.

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