Camden Haven Highlighted In Parliament

Camden Haven Highlighted In Parliament

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has highlighted a number of successful Community Building Partnership grants in the Camden Haven.

Speaking in Parliament, Mrs Williams said, “The Camden Haven Surf Life Saving Club successfully applied for a Community Building Partnership grant and received $28,495 for an all-terrain vehicle. Finally, the trusted tractor will be replaced by a modern, easy-to-drive and adaptable vehicle which, not surprisingly, goes a little faster than its predecessor and is, therefore, much more effective and efficient in transporting equipment to the beach and importantly will save vital minutes if required for a rescue.

“I was delighted to hand over the keys to club captain, Glen O'Brien, a few weeks ago to the applause of members and many very excited nippers who were ready for their Sunday lifesaving activities. I declined to have a drive of the new vehicle and instead went as a passenger on a ride down the beach,” Mrs Williams.

“The Camden Haven Surf Life Saving Club is going through a revitalisation thanks to some new faces on the executive committee who have effectively partnered with senior and experienced club members, resulting in a marked increase in membership, particularly nippers. I look forward to attending their annual presentation night in May and having the opportunity to congratulate all club members, as well as award winners, on a very successful year.

“The Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce was also a successful applicant, receiving $14,500 to improve toilet facilities at the iKew Centre, which is a fantastic facility that has been resurrected by the chamber thanks to its determination and unity combined with the support of dozens of volunteers,” Mrs Williams said.

“I congratulate the chamber on the success of this venture and look forward to supporting them as they continue to make improvements to a facility that has proven to be a very popular stopover for tourists travelling up and down the Pacific Highway.

“I also take this opportunity to congratulate the Chamber on its most recent initiative, an initiative of the Camden Haven Economic and Social Strategy Committee. As the local media said, "The community is buzzing about the plans to bring focus to the Camden Haven."

“The plan, which will be discussed in detail at a community meeting tonight, sets about highlighting community assets and the natural beauty of the Camden Haven with a beach-to-beach walkway and cycleway, and a community assets program.

“The Chamber invited all community members and business owners to participate in an open meeting at the Laurieton United Services Club this evening with a view to determining the future direction of the Camden Haven.

“I am disappointed I am unable to join Chamber President, Gary Carpenter, and his team tonight, but I look forward to a detailed report from my staff member Terry Sara, who is attending on my behalf,” Mrs Williams.

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