Mayor Jan McWilliams gives her monthly update MidCoast LGA (overall news) by NOTA - February 4, 2015February 4, 2015 Welcome back everyone to another very busy year at Great Lakes Council. We have just experienced another bumper summer tourism season, which contributes an enormous financial benefit to our region. AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS My congratulations to the following Great Lakes residents who have been recognised with Australia Day Honours: Captain Ernest Alfred Flint, Coomba Park – Order of Australia Medal (General Division); Ms Kathleen Mary Milford, North Arm Cove – Order of Australia Medal (General Division); Ms Wendy Marlene Borchers, Tuncurry – Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia; Mr Arthur Robert Baker, Bulahdelah – Order of Australia Medal (General Division). I also congratulate all of the Great Lakes Australia Day Award recipients – Sportsperson of the Year Amber Hargreaves (Forster), Young Citizen of the Year Ellie Gooch (Bulahdelah), Citizen of the Year Rosslyn Dreise (Forster) and a Special Award to Joy and Beau Burt who have volunteered tirelessly since 2000 for Council’s Ageing and Disability Services. FORSTER LIBRARY REOPENS I’m sure everyone was glad when the Forster Library reopened on Tuesday 27 January after a week’s closure caused when heavy rainfall caused a flash flood inside the Library on Tuesday 20 January. I’m very pleased to say that no Library events had to be cancelled and all were relocated to the Council meeting rooms during the week’s closure. SENIORS AWARDS State Member for Myall Lakes, Mr Stephen Bromhead is encouraging nominations for the 2015 NSW Seniors Local Achievement Awards. This is a chance for you to nominate a senior person for their community achievements. The nominations close on 13 February, so contact Mr Bromhead’s office on 6555 4099 for a nomination form. FREE SENIORS CONCERT Please don’t forget about the Free Seniors Concerts being held in our region to celebrate Seniors Week. The concerts will be held at Club Forster on Tuesday 3 March 2015 with sessions at 10am, 2pm and 6pm and at the Taree Wingham Racecourse’s Winning Post Function Centre on Wednesday 4 March at 10am and 2pm. You can collect your free tickets at Club Forster or the ITravel Agency at 23 Manning Street Taree. The concerts are funded by the NSW Department of Ageing and Disability Services and are supported by the Taree Wingham Racecourse, Club Forster and Great Lakes Council.