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AFSM Award for Dennis Stannard

Wandandian Rural Fire Brigade Captain Dennis Stannard was recognised in the 2021 Australia Day Honours with the award of the Australian Fire Service Medal.

He is truly a worthy recipient of this award and Wandandian Progress Association congratulates him on behalf of the Wandandian Community.

Bendigo-Bank-presentation
Dennis and Wandandian Fire Brigade colleagues receiving a donation from Bendigo Bank Sussex Inlet October 2020


Update: Highway Upgrade

Following the December meeting of the Wandandian Progress Association, our Secretary forwarded the following letter to the Jervis Bay Sussex Inlet Upgrade team at Transport NSW, to voice our Community’s concerns about the ‘Preferred Strategic Corridor’ option. Copies of the letter were sent to Councillor Patricia White, Mayor Amanda Findley, Shelley Hancock, and Fiona Phillips.

For the attention of the JBSI Project Team

The Wandandian Progress Meeting for December took place Tuesday 1 December 2020, and the meeting was attended by 35 community members who had concerns about the proposed “Preferred Strategic Corridor” option selected by NSW Transport, for Wandandian. The concerned residents mainly consisted of those who own, farm and live on this corridor and those who had received letters. The concerns raised at the meeting concentrated on Section D (Bewong Roadhouse to Sussex Inlet intersection) of the JBSI Project.

A robust discussion about the highway bypass resulted in two motions which the Wandandian Progress Association were asked to submit on behalf of the community. Progress members fully support the following motions and request that on behalf of the Wandandian Community they be seriously considered throughout the planning stages of this project.

The first motion was in relation to the ‘Open for Consultation’ via an on-line survey around the bypass requiring responses by 20 December.

The survey clearly identifies the “Preferred Strategic Corridor” chosen by NSW Transport and the survey questions around the pros and cons for the highway bypass are all pitted against the one “Preferred Strategic

Corridor”. Presenting the survey in this way does not allow a true representation of the sentiment and opinions around the highway bypass and does not allow for consideration of a suitable route selection.

The community were unanimous in their decision that the Survey should have included a choice of options for the bypass route and then asked the general questions ‘For or Against’, the highway bypass.

Secondly, a unanimous decision was put forward as a motion, that the Transport NSW “Preferred Strategic Corridor” option for Section D of the JBSI Project is not suitable for Wandandian. This route has the highest negative impact on the environment and the most serious negative impact on the property owners who live on this corridor and is certainly not the option that sits comfortably with this community.

These same residents, just 12 months previously had suffered property loss and damage as a result of the Currowan bush fires. They then suffered alone during the COVID lock down and now they are facing possible loss of their properties (unwillingly) due to the preferred bypass corridor which has been delivered to them quite unexpectantly and in a disturbing letter from Transport NSW. As a result of this sentiment, and their strong belief that a more suitable route should be found, all 6 options as outlined in the Princess Highway Upgrade – JBSI Road – Strategic Corridor Option Report, V1, were reviewed and discussed. The outcome is as follows:

– That consideration be given to opening the scope of the project to the use of National Park Land with the bypass for Wandandian taking the same route that the power lines take from the area near the Sussex Inlet turnoff, through to Bewong River Retreat, and returning to the original highway North of the Bewong Road House. After consideration of all options, this proposed route would appear to be the preferred option for Wandandian as it has the least impact on the environment and on the community.

We look forward to future discussions on this project in the hope that our concerns and plans to foster and grow an enjoyable and robust community will not be hampered by options that are imposed on us unwillingly.

Regards,

Eve Bray Secretary

Wandandian Progress Association Inc Phone: 0408 249 546

Working in the Community- for the Community


PRINCES HIGHWAY UPGRADE

UPDATE FROM WANDANDIAN PROGRESS ASSOCIATION MEETING TUESDAY 1st DECEMBER

For anyone wishing to follow the debate, and to have your say about the proposed upgrade to the Princes Highway, below are details of how to access the online survey.

PLEASE NOTE: You will need to complete the online survey before 20th December in order for your opinion to count.

If you have a smartphone just scan the QR code and you will be taken to the relevant website.

Online survey information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here also are the links to the online survey  and the information page

Acting/President, Ross Earby has had further discussions with Councillor Patricia White this morning in relation to the concerns raised last night. Councillor White has offered to arrange a Community Consultation Meeting through our CCB with Roads NSW. She will advise our Association when this may take place, but it may not be until January next year.

We will keep the Community informed accordingly.

Please don’t hesitate the Association at any time.

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday 2nd February 2021 at 6:00 pm


2020 WOODCHOP COMPETITION CANCELLED

As a result of the ongoing restrictions from COVID-19, the 2020 Annual Woodchop Competition has been cancelled. As the Woodchop is the major fundraiser for the Association, the decision to do so was not taken lightly, however in the interests of the health of the community and the Association’s volunteers it was deemed necessary.

Woodchopper


Bushfire Devastation

You might have noticed that there has been a dearth of information on the website regarding the bushfires here in Wandandian. That is because all of our bushfire updates have been via our Facebook page which I am able to update more quickly than the website.

Our Facebook page can be found here 

We have received an enquiry regarding future fundraising for our local firefighters. At this stage we have not had any discussions in this regard. However such fundraising will no doubt be on the agenda for discussion at our first meeting of 2020.

It will be held on Tuesday 4th February at 6:00 pm. If you would like to participate in the discussion please come along to the meeting.

The photos below were taken on New Year’s Eve during the firestorm.