We clearly understand that the journey to full recovery will take some time, possibly 1- 3 years. In that time, needs of the community will change as we move forward to full reconstruction.
We will be looking to distribute funds to meet:
1. Short term needs – immediate financial relief
These needs have been met through distribution of cash, retail vouchers, food, goods and services.
2. Medium term needs (6 – 12 months) – Assistance with household goods, establishing gardens, landscaping, community projects, workshops and community services.
The Recovery Team is at this stage - assisting those currently still displaced out of area and those already starting their rebuild process. Additionally the Team is planning future projects for the community within the Conjola Strategic Action Plan 2014-2030. This plan was developed with wide community consultation and agreed by Shoalhaven City Council in 2014. Post bushfires, there is an opportunity to see greater action taken with some of the listed projects.
3. Long term goals (12+ months) – how we as a community envision our community in the future. For example, a Memorial Park on Conjola Park, shared use paths linking our various communities, a thriving healthy lake and environment.
A Connected Communities Concept Plan and shared pathways from Conjola Park to the beach was developed pro bono. This is now being worked further into a Master Plan ready for consultation with the community and approval by the Shoalhaven City Council. The top priority is the completion of Hoylake Grove park with a covered area, bbqs, toilets and start of a shared pathway. It is envisaged that works will be undertaken in consultation with and financial assistance of Shoalhaven City Council as the Recovery Fund has insufficient funds for a project of this nature. We will work collaboratively with the Conjola Community Association to achieve a healthy lake and environment.
Your suggestions, ideas and visions as to how we may all benefit as a community is welcome.
Donations can be made over the counter at any Bendigo Bank Branch or using your banking app to send donation.
Our details are:
Name: Conjola Recovery Fund
Please leave your first initial and surname as a reference eg. jsmith.
Thank you so much for your donation.
o Art installation to celebrate our social / cultural heritage
o Bushfire Art project in Little Forrest road, Along a bike trail from the highway to the sea and in Fishermans Paradise
o International Food Fair.
o Music Festival.
o Active and Resilient community projects for kids and seniors in our community.
o Indigenous festival
o Library / literacy program for kids and seniors and everyone in between
o An all-weather open meeting point for use as a community centre and residents meeting place at Hoylake, Fishermans Paradise
o Skateparks at Conjola Park, Lake Conjola or Fishermans Paradise
o Shared pathway/bike trail from the highway to the sea
o Upgrade of boat ramps at Conjola Park, Lake Conjola, Fishermans Paradise
o Toilet blocks at Hoylake
o Upgrade Children play equipment at Conjola Park
o Widening and Resurfacing the road from Conjola Park to the sea
o Arboretum for the Conjola area
o Roadside care of iconic trees along Porter creek Road, to Fishermans Paradise
and to Lake Conjola.
o Sustainable Critter Care development
o Wildlife sanctuary
o Help fauna until vegetation regenerates by feeding and making a commitment to support wildlife during this period of extraordinary stress and disruption
o Recognise injured animals and organise assistance when required.
o Financial Workshop
o Construction/Engineering Workshop
o Advocating for Commonwealth rebate on Solar for the many who need to rebuild
o Harvey Bay adopting Conjola residents to fund raise for community projects
o Support the nomination of the Community Hall at Lake Conjola as an NBN Hub for the community
o Schools raising funds for the Conjola and surround community
o Communities – regional, state, national and global raising funds for the Conjola and surround community.
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