On Monday Councillor Anthony Mayne and Mayoral candidate Karyn Starmer met with Meals on Wheels Manager Alan Russell and U3A Vice President Ross Thomas.
Councillor Mayne and Mrs Starmer were keen to find out how the two organisations were managing since the lease of the Batemans Bay Community Centre was given out by the Shire Council.
The two groups had been very vocal about the Eurobodalla Shire Council's proposal to lease the facility and had organised community rally’s against the proposal.
Mr Thomas from U3A spoke of their continued difficulties in finding suitable premises for their ‘classes’.
It was noted to Councillor Mayne and Mrs Starmer that in the life of the next Council there could be a request for support and assistance.
Mr Russell noted that Meals on Wheels had had a good reception from lessees, Searms, in relation to being able to distribute meals from the centre. He did note that the pandemic had seen the centre not being used as meals were being sent from one central location.
It is hoped that meals will be packed and distributed from the Community Centre in February.
However, like U3A, there had been a need to find a new location for the Group Social Support programme.
While a new location had been found and is usable, it is not as good as the Community Centre had been said Mr Russell.
During the meeting, Mr Thomas noted that an initial meeting with Meals on Wheels is to be held later in the week to explore possibilities for the future.
While The Pavs is an exciting building project it will not be affordable to organisations such as U3A and Meals on Wheels so some other venture will be required.
U3A and Meals on Wheels were pleased that someone was still interested in their situation and that they were keen to hear firsthand what had been happening.
Above: Anthony Mayne, Karyn Starmer, Ross Thomas and Alan Russell