IF you’re a Corinella resident and you’ve got some ideas about how the town could be improved, now is the time to speak up.
The rejuvenated Corinella Residents and Ratepayers Association (CRRA) has an entirely new committee and plenty of enthusiasm to push ahead with new events, grant funding applications and infrastructure improvements.
There was a changing of the guard at the group’s AGM three months ago, with many locals who had sat in on meetings as regular members for years putting their hands up to take on committee responsibilities.
New president Lyndell Parker said the group is eager to start planning for exciting new initiatives straight away.
“We are here to work with and for residents in making Corinella the best it can be,” she declared.
“Even though it has been great in the past, it can be even better.
“We want everyone’s input.”
A suggestion box was set up at the Corinella and District Community Centre recently and the group’s first members meeting was held last Saturday.
“We’ve also held a few social meetings where community members have gotten to know us and it’s been great sharing ideas,” Lyndell said.
“We currently have more than 60 household members, which includes 12 families who signed up just this week!”
So what are some of the improvements people want to see in the sleepy seaside town?
Lyndell says there have been many suggestions, but a few in particular are gaining steam.
• Investigations into the cost of a ‘water play park’ next to the local hall. This could be similar to the park in Seville where fountains of water squirt in synchronicity
• Signage upgrades around town to highlight historical locations
• Installation of fitness stations along walking tracks
• More seating around town
• Construction of a footpath along Peters Street leading to the jetty and boat ramp
• Working with the developer of a planned estate on Hughes Road, which CRAR hopes will incorporate a café at the historic homestead still standing.
As for the very near future, the committee is hoping to relaunch a Christmas carols evening next month.
“There used to be carols in the park here years ago and we think it’d be great for it to return,” Lyndell said.
“We are going to see if we can pull an event together at relatively short notice, but this is yet to be confirmed.”
Hopefully, she says, the carols will include decoration of the towering pine tree outside the old general store at the corner of Smythe and Peters Street.
The CRRA committee is also introducing extra members meetings throughout the year, alternating between Friday evenings and Saturday mornings.
For more information, contact the secretary on 5678 0693.
New blood shaping Corinella’s future