Bingara and District VISION 20/20 to make fresh start in 2011.

December 8, 2010

Bingara’s community group, VISION 20/20, will commence the new year with their Annual General Meeting on Thursday February 3, 2011. It will present an opportunity for new members and new faces on the committee with several existing committee having completed their roles.

There is also the intention to hold, on the same night, the second of the New England Mutual sponsored “business dinners”. An outline of The Living Classroom – The Interpretive Agricultural Park will be presented at the dinner. The details for this will be provided in January.

Despite the fresh start in 2011, the present workload for 2010 will not conclude until next Sunday, December 12. A gardening session will be held along the restored embankment at the junction of Hall’s Creek and the Gwydir River. All helpers are welcome.

This is a project that V2020 entered into with the CMA after successfully gaining a $5000 grant. Commencing at 3:00pm and concluding at 6:00pm, the task will be to weed and clean around the embankment and to make preparations for additional stabilization planting in the new year.

The Hall’s Creek regeneration project adjoins the Bingara Riverscape site that V2020 had proposed after community meetings held in 2007-8. Gwydir Shire Council expanded the project following input from award winning Landscape Architect, John Mongard who GSC engaged as a consultant.

V2020 are delighted that the GSC has undertaken to add to the Riverscape Project incorporating, harvesting storm waters, stylish fencing, new river vehicle access, a rock barrier featuring a geological cross-section of our region from Copeton Dam to Killarney Gap, and a recognition of Allan Cunningham’s crossing of the Gwydir in 1827.

This example of a recreation amenity incorporating an aspect of educational tourism has similarly been presented in the Roxy Café restoration. Both projects should bring many more visitors to our town and district.

The Bingara Community Economic Development Plan, a project with $15,000 funding by the NSW Department of Industry and Investment, has been extended to be completed at the end of January 2011. Anyone with suggestions for this project can contact the Secretary and Publicity Officer, Rick Hutton on 0428 255380.