THE external painting of the weatherboard Tea Gardens Police Station appears to be finished with the soft grey colour a stark contrast against the dark brown of the recently installed prefabricated upgrade, referred to by many locals as a “shipping container”.
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Described by the Police Association as “sub-standard”, the $1 million brown box continues to deeply disappoint the local community, falling short of an upgrade that was supposed to complement the Police Station’s Federation style.
At this stage it remains unclear what the State Government will do to recover the heritage value of the precinct which was first a courthouse built in 1910.
Still on disappointment, deep frustration with Telstra, particularly for local businesses depending on telco access to manage through COVID, spilled over onto local social media pages and into frustrated phone calls to NOTA.
Telstra experienced a major Domain Name Server (address) issue from 2 August that disrupted some services across the state which has since been resolved.
Locally, Telstra mobile services will continue to be interrupted until 12 August due to planned maintenance with updates on their website.
Maintenance is also what is happening at the Broughton Island campground which will be closed till the 25 September for the replacement and upgrade of the public toilet.
The island remains open to day visitors.
Similarly, Mungo Beach and Bennett’s Beach both remain closed to four-wheel drive access at least until 11 August as unsafe due to the impact of the recent storms.
For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4984 8200 or visit their website.
The Tea Garden’s Lions Club is back in force, maintaining the local Lions Lookout and busy identifying a number of projects in and around town to support the community and environment.
It has been a challenging year for volunteer organisations due to COVID constraining meetings and fundraising activities, so any support is valued.
Finally, the Myall River baker, Milton, cooked his famous Chicken Kiev sausage rolls for the first time in six years.
Word got out about his chicken, garlic and butter pastry wrapped goodies, locals placed orders, and they were all gone within hours that same morning.
Till next time – stay safe.
By Sandra MURRAY