Volunteers and Civic Pride Group Give Nelson Bay A Mini Makeover Highlight Section Port Stephens Port Stephens News by News Of The Area - Modern Media - June 2, 2021 Town Stalwart Nigel Waters getting into the gardening in Nelson Bay despite the rain. BEFORE 7 Day Makeovers came to Port Stephens there was the Nelson Bay Civic Pride Group and their Working Bees. The Civic Pride Group is an initiative of Business Port Stephens. These dedicated volunteers maintain gardens on a regular basis throughout the township and identify areas which need improvement. Advertise with News of The Area today. It’s worth it for your business. Message us. Phone us – (02) 4981 8882. Email us – [email protected] Much of their work is sponsored by local businesses who sponsor various gardens and installations. This week ona very wet weekend volunteers once more hit the streets of Nelson Bay to make the town look better and increase the positive vibe of the township. Margaret Wilkinson is one of the lead volunteers on the Civic Pride Group; she told News Of The Area, “It was a working bee the Civic Pride Group had kicked down the road so when only intermittent showers were forecast, we opted to soldier on with the gardening jobs. “The paint jobs were naturally postponed. “Despite pouring rain we had 12 volunteers who worked hard putting in a new garden on the south eastern corner of Yacaaba and Donald Streets and lots of spring flowering colourful plants were added to the Stockton Street gardens. “At least the new plants didn’t need watering!” It was three years, almost to the day, since the community working bee had been held to clean up Nelson Bay CBD. Since then a handful of community volunteers have been adding colour to the gardens, watering and caring for them. It has made such a difference and there is not a day goes by without the volunteers being recognized for their work by locals and visitors. “It was great to see the President of Business Port Stephens, Leah Anderson lending a hand with barrowing the soil for the new garden. “We all looked like the proverbial ‘drowned rats’ by the time we finished,” she said. The Civic Pride Group volunteers sponsored by Business Port Stephens (formerly Tomaree Business Chamber) help maintain them on a regular basis. New volunteers are always welcome to find out more contact 0455844751 or email [email protected]. By Marian SAMPSON Business Port Stephens President Leah Anderson with Volunteer Nigel Waters, and Business Port Stephens Board Members Rory Milne and Peter North. Civic Pride Group Volunteers Margaret Wilkinson with Linda Hall and Roz Armstrong. Liberal, Labour, Independant and Greens were all taking part in the Nelson Bay Working Bee.