Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Wycheproof on Track #105 August 2015: News with Amanda

There are so many things to celebrate in Wycheproof this month. Some are happy things and some sad. But they all need celebrating in their own right.

Our July Wycheproof VISION meeting was a celebration as it was our first meeting in the newly refurbished Railway Station. At the meeting we welcomed two new community members who are prepared to take a vested interest in this town we all call home. Being a member and being interested does not mean you need to be at everything, it means you are prepared to stand up for what is important for you and your family. All input and correspondence is important and feel free to contact me if you would like to receive our meeting minutes.

At the meeting we paused and a condolence motion was minuted as we remembered Gordon Hutcheon. Our town lost a great community man, an active participant in so many groups, they are too numerous to mention, but we extend our condolences to the Hutcheon family and give thanks for the man we all knew as 'Hutchy'.

On a happier note, how could this issue of Wycheproof On Track go to press without celebrating James Coatsworth’s mammoth achievement reaching Cape York, the northern-most tip of Australia. Riding alongside him was his partner in peddling Jamie Ison (Freddy). Together they conquered 3700km in just 23 days, an amazing effort indeed. Just a reminder that it’s not too late to donate to James' special cause, diabetes research, on the website www.toptotip.com.au 

Activities this month
Wycheproof VISION hosted a brief meeting with the Murtoa Progress Association on 11 July 2015. The Murtoa association is interested in restoring their railway station to allow it to be used for community use and used the visit to Wycheproof as a chance to view the refurbished railway station and to share information on how the project happened. We wish them well.

 The following is a copy of an email received in Wycheproof VISION's inbox this month:
Hello everyone up there, Are you skiing off the Mount yet? It is COLD here, at Metung, East Gippsland. My sister, Win Tunstall, sent me a copy of Wycheproof on track (great title), with the section about James Coatsworth, and since then I have been following his progress. What an amazing achievement for both him and Freddy. He must have a wonderful support team with him too. What grit, what determination. I hope he writes an article or something about it, although I don’t think he would see many of the sights. Perhaps on the way back, though. I do hope the town does something special for him.
Best wishes to you all. Judith Williams (nee Taylor).