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Community Facilities for Gulmarrad is holding its road verge meeting this Saturday March 9, from 4pm to 6pm – toy swapping is this month’s theme. Image: Contributed

Gulmarradians continue facilities campaign

Geoff Helisma |

The people behind ‘Community Facilities for Gulmarrad’ have invited Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis and councillors Greg Clancy and Debrah Novak, all of whom are contesting the March 23 state election, to their road verge meeting this Saturday March 9, from 4pm to 6pm.

“It would be great to hear that you may be able to assist or prompt CVC [Clarence Valley Council] to acquire property near the school for Gulmarradians to gather,” spokesperson Grace Westera wrote in her invitations.

Meanwhile, this month’s theme is a toy-swap and a presentation KMA Clarence Valley Black Belt Success School presentation.

Ms Westera said the KMA presentation will demonstrate “a new and fun way to keep you and your kids fit and healthy whilst learning valuable life skills, specialising in Hapkido”.

A van providing snacks and drinks will be on hand, too.

“While we continue to strive to acquire a property where the 1,700 residents of Gulmarrad can exercise and become socially connected, this will be our 4th gathering on the road verge,” she wrote in her invitation to the politicians.

“Lions Club of Maclean and the North Coast Primary Health Network have identified the high risk of social isolation within Gulmarrad and have provided funding under Healthy Towns Maclean (a Commonwealth initiative) towards the Gulmarrad community gatherings’ establishment costs.

“This means we have gazebos, bistro furniture and our own signs.

“Last year our … working group put together a submission for funding from the Clarence Valley Council for a playground and parklands but were knocked back.

“This year, we have put together another submission to the CVC budget, but this time, for a community centre and playground.

“We will keep trying.”

For more information, go to the Community Facilities for Gulmarrad Facebook page, or email to: