Narooma Woodies Celebrate
In all the years that the Narooma Woodies have been based at the Old Bodalla School one thing that they have wished to fix was the old quadrangle that had become broken and uneven over the years due to water and tree root damage. This issue assumed greater importance more recently when two elderly members suffered head injuries in falls on the rough surface. After a lot of lobbying, pleading and asking for support the club managed to raise enough funds and support to have the old concrete removed and a new concrete surface laid. The club also had a number of large rotting logs which had been lying next to the fence line taken away, removing a possible fire hazard lying near the buildings.
Members gathered for a BBQ on Tuesday 1 September to mark the occasion and used the club’s market tables to ensure everyone could spread out and enjoy a hearty feast. Visitors from the Narooma Men’s Shed and Eurobodalla Woodies also joined the celebration. Club President Colin Boxsell said that the restored quadrangle will ensure there is a much safer environment for the club members, especially those who are not as nimble as they once were. ESC Councillor Rob Pollock told those gathered his family had a strong connection to the old school and he was glad to see it being utilised in a way that benefited the community. Rob said the Shire Council was glad to have assisted in this project. Club Secretary Jeffrey Davidson thanked local contractors, Narooma Earthmoving and Morrison Concreting, who went above and beyond to help get the job done. He also thanked Eurobodalla Council for their assistance with tip fees and Community Building Partnership NSW and the Australian Men’s Shed Association for their support.
The BBQ also saw the Woodies say farewell to long time member Neil Fraser. Neil has been part of the small team of toy makers within the club for many years and his wares are regularly seen at the club’s stall at the Narooma Markets. Neil is leaving Dalmeny to move closer to family members in northern NSW.