THE small but passionate community of Glen Forbes is calling out to the next generation to step up and help out by being a member of the Community Recreation Reserve Committee.
The serving committee members are reaching the end of their four year tenure, and are encouraging newer, younger members to step up and take over.
Founded more than 10 years ago, the committee has built up and maintained the facilities of the reserve, including the tennis courts that were built back in 1952 but in a state of disrepair when the committee first formed.
Since then, the committee has worked on maintaining the recreation reserve grounds, planted trees, installed a cricket pitch, as well as toilets, a sheltered picnic area with seats, and a basketball ring. Dogs are allowed off-leash within the reserve as well.
The recreation reserve is an ideal retreat for rural families to visit and to play, with a children’s playground also installed on the grounds.
Committee member David Blum said he had enjoyed his time on the committee, and was proud of what they had all achieved during their time.
“To have a facility for the community which wasn’t available before and to make a space for people to meet and to bring the community together is pretty special,” David said.
“I think we’ve brought the community together, to a certain degree. Now we want to reach out to the next generation of people to take it over.”
With a population of nearly 400 people spreading from the hills of Glen Forbes to the shoreline of Tenby Point, pickings are small when it comes to people willing to put their hands up and volunteer their time.
Duties of a community recreation reserve committee member are light, with minor maintenance of the reserve required, along with a biannual committee meeting.
“We also organise events like the Glen Forbes and District Annual Picnic,” David said.
The picnic, which this year falls on Sunday, March 19, is an event for all the family.
From 12pm, there will be a spit roast to enjoy and a jumping castle to keep the kids entertained, all for a gold coin donation.
Committee members must be elected, and will stand on the committee for a four year period.
The current committee will stand until the end of June this year, by which time new committee members must be elected, or control and maintenance of the reserve will fall to the Bass Coast Shire Council.
For more information about the picnic, or to volunteer your time as a committee member, contact David Blum on 0418 393 311.