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Woodgate Community Expo to connect locals

Key players in the drive to source a new community bus for Woodgate Beach residents are (from left) Pauline Greer (Secretary), Debbie Lindeberg (Woodgate Beach Hotel manager); Margaret Featherstone (President) and Julie Cleave (Hotel staff member). The hotel provided fund raising opportunities and its older commuter bus for the extended use of Woodgate Beach residents while the new bus is currently on order.
Woodgate community members Pauline Greer, Debbie Lindeberg, Margaret Featherstone and Julie Cleave welcomed the community bus last year. Pauline is encouraging locals to attend the inaugural community expo in September.

Taking a valuable lesson from the 2019 bushfires, Woodgate Community Bus Inc will hold its inaugural community expo to help better connect the service providers within the area.

Organising the event, Woodgate Beach Community Bus Inc secretary Pauline Greer said Woodgate Community Expo was part of a project called Coming Together Moving Forward, and it would be held Saturday, 4 September.

“Our aim is to highlight the community groups and service providers in our area, to engage the community, meet new residents and encourage volunteers to these organisations,” Pauline said.

“It's community supporting community.

“This has all come from what we learnt from the 2019 Woodgate fire.”

Pauline said the expo would allow local organisations to inform community members of what was available at the seaside community.

“We hope to also organise a vulnerable residents list too – in case of emergencies in the future so we know who needs help in advance,” she said.

“It’s small steps now to prepare for anything that may happen in the future.

“It’s vital to have this support and information available.

“The slightest sign of fire now and you can see the tension build within the community, so I think this community information day is so important.”

Community groups and service providers including SES, Queensland Rural Fire Service, the local men’s shed, and Woodgate Beach Community Bus Inc will all have information stalls at Woodgate Community Expo.

“This is an opportunity for community groups and service providers to engage with the community,” Pauline said.

“All groups are welcoming new members, so come along and see how you can get involved in your community and how these groups support Woodgate. 

“In addition, we will also have interactive art display workshops run by Creative Regions, live music with Geoff Walsh from Nostalgia, sausage sizzle, hot coffee and freshly cooked donuts.”

Woodgate Community Expo will run on Saturday, 4 September from 9 am till 1 pm in the park outside the Woodgate Community Hall. For more information click here.

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