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Two senior students from Harwood Primary School accepting their bright yellow buddy bench form Lions Tracy and Clive Smith. Image: contributed.

Exciting things are happening with the Maclean Lions Club

Much has taken place with the Lions Club in very recent times.

Late in 2020 the local primary schools were donated $1000 each to purchase much needed resources. These donations were very much appreciated.

Then came the “Buddy Benches” which were donated to these schools. The “Buddy Benches” were made by the Maclean Men’s Shed. They are a vibrant yellow and can’t be missed.

What is a buddy bench? It is not a play-thing, or where you might sit to have lunch. It is for children who are out of sorts or sad for a range of reasons – my best friend doesn’t like me anymore, grandma is sick, had a fight with big sister and the list goes on. A teacher notices the child, or a senior student or friend. They find out the problem and hopefully are able to solve it.

In a few weeks, after final papers are signed off, work will commence on the playground in Townsend Park, sometimes referred to as the Lions Park. This initiative came from the Club, gaining a sizable grant from the State Government via local Member of Parliament, Chris Gulaptis. With further money from the Clarence Valley Council all is set to go. The design for the playground is excellent and it will be a great resource for the local area.

BUT we don’t stop there.

At present we are planning to create a community garden. The land is available at Townsend Park.

A community garden is not just about growing items – vegetables, herbs or flowers, but it is a social activity – sharing experiences, getting to know your neighbours. One joins the Community Garden at a very small cost.

The Lions Club is now in the planning stage and will have a public meeting in the very near future. Please contact Robin for further information.

Watch this space.