We are so fortunate to live in such a peaceful and picturesque place as Pearl Beach.
This month of May has been full of culture with very interesting and entertaining musical events which are reported on later in this issue of The Gem. Lynne Lillico and her ready band of helpers have worked hard in coordinating these events and they can only be successful and continue with the support of our community here. Please let Lynne know that you would like to be involved and support future community events.
The Memorial Hall renovation project is nearing completion - the front steps have now been re-aligned and comply with the building code. Please be careful when using these stairs as you get used to them. We may need some volunteers to get us over the line with the building renovation. If you think that you could assist please contact Larry Nelson.
It is important for us all to note that the upkeep of our much loved community Hall is an ongoing financial commitment for us all. It has been challenging particularly over the last 18 months, with our traditional sources of revenue through Events and Memorial Hall hire needing to be curtailed to a major extent.
Fortunately, with careful planning of Alison Phillips, the Annual Easter Book Fair was staged adding much needed income to our coffers. Thanks to the energies of a range of people other creative events have supported this financial commitment through local fundraising such as our Auction - thanks to Alison and Gary Phillips, our Roadside Ramble for drinks and eats - thanks to Linda and Greg McPhee and our Raffles over the Summer with the steadfast support of the McPhees, Thurlows and Tooheys, along with their merry band of ticket sellers.
Additionally we have had generous support from Pearl Beach Real Estate, Accom Holidays, Central Coast Realty, Pearl Beach Blinds and the Pearl Beach Tennis and Recreation Club. Without this support financial disaster for keeping our Hall open and functioning was a real possibility.
Always moving forward, you will see later in this Newsletter plans for fundraising activities over the next few months. Thanks to Greg McPhee for collating these ideas and bringing them to fruition. As with the events mentioned above - the success of this fundraising is dependent on individuals supporting them in whatever way is possible.
You might wish to donate to our new ‘Go Fund Me Appeal’ for the ongoing maintenance of our Memorial Hall. Details are included in this Newsletter.
Beyond Pearl Beach, we are aware of the financial difficulties facing the Central Coast Council. The solutions there will have both a financial and service provision impact on us as individuals and as a community. The Pearl Beach Executive Committee can draw to the attention issues of concern to the Council. As individual rate payers you have a right to address your views directly to the Council and I would urge you to do so if you are wishing to express the views that are important to you. As I have remarked before “THEY should do something, means YOU should do something.”
I hope that you enjoy this Newsletter, full of information for you in our community, with sun shine during the Winter in Pearl Beach.