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Previous Projects include:
Past projects conducted by the Lions Club of Nambucca Heads have all completed on budget and on time, including: Installation of BBQs, shelter shed and positioning of new entrance to the Lions Park Lookout; Construction of boat ramp and jetty, clearing the Island of under growth, installation of fencing and a BBQ Area at Stuart Island; Purchase of 1 unit where the Club still has one member on the Board of Management at Illawong Retirement Homes; Construction of 1st pontoon wooden frame with 44 gallon drums. Construction of 2nd pontoon from fibre glass, then Purchase of 3rd pontoon. Involvement with park restoration, Retaining wall & other general work. Erection of timber BBQs at Bellwood Park; Construction of sand pit, playing fields including drainage, piping, levelling and construction of a cricket pitch at Nambucca Heads Public School; Installation of Electric BBQs at ANZAC Park, Bellwood Park, Gordon Park and at the V-Wall; Painting of tables and general upkeep at various local parks with installation of seating and tables at the V-Wall Park, Construction of a walkway alongside the Nambucca River from Bellwood Park to the V-Wall and assisting with and funding of an extension to the Nambucca Headland Museum building.
Resulting from a grant of $51,250 from NSW DPI, the Lions Club of Nambucca Heads in 2017 successfully managed the construction of the ANZAC Park Jetty as a Centenary Lions Project to provide access for fishing particularly for those persons with a disability.
This Project was completed on time and budget. The Shire Engineer advises that our Club has been highly recommended by the State Infrastructure Engineers for the completion of the ANZAC Park Jetty Project. Final landscaping and finishing requirements was completed by Lions Club volunteer members. This project serves the whole community. The proposed addition to Anzac Park will ensure a higher quality public space, will increase the trade for the two adjacent retail outlets and provide a unique tourist attraction/facility for the town and boat users alike.
This project will contribute to the Nambucca Shire Council’s Community Strategic Plan which includes as one of the Objectives “To Manage and protect the environment” where one of the measures of Strategy 7.3.1 is for the “Implementation of the Nambucca River Estuary Management Plan”. Table 11.1 of the Estuary Management Plan already identifies the need to investigate the feasibility of a wharf structure in the vicinity of the RSL, with the consideration of extending the public wharf along the entire foreshore of the inner harbour.
Nambucca Shire has a high level of socio-economic disadvantage - ranked 10 in NSW on the Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (Source: ABS Census 2011). Many of our residents enjoy the use of public open space, particularly the foreshore area of the Nambucca River as it flows through Nambucca Heads. This project will provide a high amenity infrastructure which will be able to be used by fishers and other people participating in passive recreation in this picturesque location. The infrastructure will also be a venue for community events and activities which will be attended by residents, many of whom are disadvantaged.
Currently the Club’s Major Project:
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary since our Club Chartered 6th April 1968, with the support from the Nambucca Shire Council, we have determined that an appropriate project to celebrate this auspicious occasion would to construct a coastal viewing deck at Lions Headland Reserve.
Current Club Projects include:
Lion Mints are available from several outlets within the community. We sell PEPPERMINT and FIZZERS. Each roll sells for 50cents and is considered as a donation towards Club, National, and International projects. Sales of Lions cakes and puddings are also popular.
Nambucca Plaza & RSL Club Raffles
These raffles are held at the Nambucca Plaza on Saturday Mornings at 9.30am and at the Nambucca Heads RSL Club on Thursday Evenings commencing at 6.00pm. Proceeds are allocated to projects conducted locally by the Club.
These markets are coordinated and held at the Nambucca Plaza on the 2nd Sunday of each month commencing at 8.00am. The great thing with these markets is you never know what you will find. Everything including from plants, music, clothing, books and tools. The markets can now cater and provide for those wishing to hold a car boot sale. It could be somewhere for the kids to play, catching up with friends or finding something special that you didn't know existed. Breakfast is available from the Lions BBQ van. Site cost is $10.00 per customer, additional area $5.00 with $10.00 extra for those customers not holding own liability insurance. For persons wishing to have a stall, please contact Lion Les McDonald on 0468 425 914.
The Club possesses a caravan fully outfitted with all the necessary hotplates and equipment to provide BBQ facilities at local community events. Requests for use of this van are to be forwarded to our Secretary by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Graffiti clean-up and cleaning of BBQs continued throughout the year at Bellwood, ANZAC, Gordon Parks, Stuart Island and at the V-Wall.
Other current Projects include:
The VW Spectacular was a huge weekend with numbers far exceeding their expectations. We put in 295 hours which was worthwhile as we received a cheque for 2000 Dollars for our efforts. We raised 760 Dollars for them from the sale.
Nambucca Council agreed to our proposal to upgrade the area on Link Road as Duffos Rest Awhile. The tree planting at the two schools went ahead with help of ABI Group. It was a positive exercise and the kids especially those from the Christian School had a great time.
Twenty One Christmas parcels were sent to Servicemen and Women who are absent overseas at Christmas. In return the Club received two messages of appreciation.
The Club again supported Camp Elim when two local boys Oscar Jones and Jarod Fenech were nominated and accepted invitations to attend the week long Camp.
Our Club continues to support the establishment of a Local Kidney Dialysis unit with Lions John Mills, Paul Wood and Peter O’Neill with Lions Ladies Shirley Parveez, Pam Sozou and Claire Wood attending the most recent meeting.
The Club continues to support the many local community functions including recently assisting at two recent activities by cooking BBQ meals at the Careers Day function at Bellwood Park and at the dedication of the local mosaic during the Aboriginal Cultural Day at Stuart Island, when 280 and 180 meals were cooked respectively. The Club continues to support and BBQ cook during each yearly Seniors Citizen's Week.
Other Previous Projects completed include:
- Lions Park Lookout - Installation of BBQs, shelter shed and positioning of new entrance to the Park
- Stuart Island - Construction of boat ramp and jetty, clearing the Island of under growth and general rubbish, installation of fencing and a BBQ Area.
- Illawong Homes - Purchase of 1 unit where the Club still has one member on the Board of Management. A trailer was also purchased for use at Illawong homes
- Bellwood Park - Construct - 1st pontoon wooden frame with 44 gallon drums. Construction of 2nd pontoon from fibre glass, then Purchase of 3rd pontoon. Involvement with park restoration, Retaining wall & other general work. Erection of timber BBQs and supplied fire wood.
- Gordon Park - Fencing of tennis courts
- Coronation Park - Fencing, tree planting and construction of amenities block at the soccer oval
- Surf Club - Replace timber wall at rear of club house, manned gate for surf carnivals, nippers and mermaids – cooking BBQs at these functions
- Macksville Show Ground - Erected gates
- Club BBQ Van - Construction with purchased chassis & wheels with the remainder of the fit-out being completed by Club Members
- Captain Cook Lookout - Rotunda construction twice with the latest one still in use
- McMorrine Park - Clearing from Bellwood store, up the gully to below Illawong Homes, during which time a cricket pitch and 2 tennis courts were discovered.
- Sheltered workshop - Instigated the purchase of a bus to convey people to the Kempsey Workshop
- Nambucca Heads Public School - Remove coral trees from playground, Construct sand pit, Construction of playing fields including drainage, piping leveling and construction of a cricket pitch
- Nambucca Heads Public School - landscaping of area
- Riverside gardens - Construction of a footpath and bridge
- Shelley beach - Installation of a retaining wall
- Installation of Electric BBQs at ANZAC Park, Bellwood Park, Gordon Park and at the V-Wall
- Painting of tables and general upkeep at various local parks with installation of seating and tables at the V-Wall Park
- Construction of McClung Park
- Ambulance station - Fund raising and assist with site preparation and landscaping
- Murals by the sea - V-wall rock painting
- Walkway construction - From Bellwood Park to the V-Wall
- Bowraville Race Course - Installation of Fencing
- Clearing of old Pioneers Cemetery - finding Graves, headstones etc.
- Recycling of glasses, stamps, hearing aids etc.
- Mowing and general tidy up of people's yards
- Headland Nambucca Headland Museum - assist and funding of building extension including concreting etc.
- Assist Nambucca Valley Pheonix with footpath construction and painting
- Bill Babbs Walkway (Headland to Swimming Creek) - mowing, clearing of vegetation and rubbish removal
- Purchased a Ripple Bed for Macksville Hospital
- Conduct Tree Planting in local area including at the Nambucca Primary (Red) and Frank Partridge VC Schools
- Assist in the construction of the Nambucca Heads library and the purchase of cupboards for the Nambucca Heads Entertainment Centre.
- Conduct and support many local Youth Projects including Youth of the Year, Peace Poster Projects, Youth Exchange to Japan, Scholarships for two local High School students and Book prizes at the four local schools in Nambucca Heads
- Hosted the 2004 District 201n1 Convention, many Zone, Cabinet meetings and Incoming Officers Schools
- Chartered two Lions Clubs; Valla and Bowraville and one Leo Club; Nambucca Heads
- Assist and support Australia day celebrations at Gordon Park and Carols by Candle Light for many years
- Assist and support many local fundraising activities including the purchasing of Dialysis equipment, Diabetes Testing Awareness, Smith Family Clothing Appeal, the Macksville & District Hospital for the purchase of equipment, charity auction in support of Camp Quality,
- Assisted in previous Hibiscus Festival, Hibiscus Queen, Street parades, Oktoberfest celebrations and entered a contestant in the 1988 Miss Personality quest.