Karuah Progress Marks Another Successful Year with AGM

Members of the newly-elected Karuah Progress Association committee (L-R): Cr Jason Wells, President Breanna Landwehr, VP Lisa Floyd, Secretary Marion Brown, Fred McInerney, Robert Kucera, Treasurer Les Brown, Kylie Kaye, Shane Emanuel, Glenis McInerney.

ANOTHER year of successful community efforts, spearheaded by the Karuah Progress Association (KPA), was recognised at its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 27 March, at the Karuah RSL.

The small, but determined, group of community-minded locals recapitulated a productive 2023, including the Mainstreet Beautification and Parklets along Tarean Road, Clean Up Australia Day, sponsorship of local sports clubs and ANZAC Day Books, and Karuah By Night, to name a few.

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The ongoing digital efforts to represent the town via the upcoming town website, and logo competition, are also moving ahead full steam, propelled by the same people who won the competitive Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) grant.

AGM position elections were swift and unanimous, beginning with the re-election of President Breanna Landwehr, whom all present agreed had been doing great things in her first year in the role.

Vice President was Lisa Floyd, the powerhouse behind the Parklets and Beautification projects, and Secretary was Marion Brown, the unstoppable force that drives community communications, including the website and logo projects, with Les Brown taking on the indispensable Treasurer’s role, and Shane Emmanuel retaining Public Officer.

“Karuah Progress Association continues to make positive changes and impact with our small but dedicated group of volunteers,” President Breanna Landwehr told NOTA.

“With only 10-15 people, leaning into personal strengths and skills is vital, as time is a shared resource, but, collectively, we make it work, respecting what is most important.”

“With Lisa Floyd as VP, her role as a local business owner, leading beautification projects with the skills to make it work and the relationships she forms, is priceless.”

“Marion Brown as Secretary fits perfectly with her ongoing work leading the local Newsletter and community communication, her dedication to getting a new website and logo, whilst linking the school and community engagement the whole way is testimony to her generosity and consideration of inclusion.”

“None of the work we see could be achieved in isolation to the quality we have, especially knowing we only have 20-30 hours dedicated to this work each year in committee meetings, but countless hours behind the scenes, we have to remind ourselves of how far we have come.”

By Thomas O’KEEFE

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