The Association held its Annual General Meeting in October, and members were I hope reassured that the management and financial affairs of the Association are in a healthy state. The members of the Executive Committee were re-elected with the exception of Secretary Gabby Crompton, Jane Clarke and Di Swalwell, who stepped down. Gabby, Jane and Di all made significant contributions to the work of the Executive during their time on the committee, and we thank them for this. We also welcome new members Rebecca Jacobs and John Haymes, and look forward to working with them. There remains a vacancy on the Executive, so I encourage any members of the Association interested in becoming more involved with the work of the committee to contact me.
With Christmas just around the corner, we can look forward to another busy program of events in Pearl Beach to mark the festive season and the New Year. Members should look at the calendar on the Association’s website for the next couple of months, but prior to Christmas Day we have the Community Christmas Dinner and Community Carols, followed by the Family Bingo and the regular Summer Reading Book Sale. The Australia Day Kids Beach Races and barbecue are on Sunday 26th of January, and will follow the community based format that we have developed over the last couple of years with great success. There are also any number of Christmas street parties and sporting and social club events planned for December.
On a more serious note, as we head into another summer that promises to be both long and dry, we continue to be grateful for the wonderful work of the men and women the Rural Fire Brigade and the Pearl Beach Safety Advisory Group (PBSAG). All residents are urged to make themselves aware of the Neighbour Alert system for alerting the community about the impending danger posed by bush fire, and to prepare their own Bushfire Survival Plans.
On behalf of the Executive Committee, I wish all of you a very happy Christmas and New Year, and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at these events. — Peter Romey