Our Residents Section
This section has been ear marked for the Residents of the River Community. There are no secret hand shakes here, nor do we sacrifice nor offer our fresh fish to the hungry Sea Serpents. Even though, some of our members fashion sense pre-date the 1980’s, we also do not have our own Club Ceremonial wear. We are just a group of caring individuals, hell-bent on making Berowra Waters safe and welcoming for everyone (residents and visitors).
In the past couple of years, the Progress Association has achieved so many things for the Community at large, and to name only a few things, these are as; we published the Berowra Waters Community directory, organised a defibrillator to be installed on the ferry, trained 45 people from local residents / businesses in free first aid courses and helped pay insurance on the Santa Boat / Events run by the Ladies Committee. The residents carpark now has a Book Swap cupboard.
What we do is ongoing, and the Progress Association meets with the Local Council twice a year and so far have managed to get them to tidy and fix the public toilets on both sides of the river, maintain the pontoons and approaches on both sides of the river, remove the dangerous trees that were next to the toilet area and tar over the corner turn, put doggy poo bags dispensers on both sides, paint and fix up the picnic areas (both sides), fix potholes, remove old signage, and fix the roof on the old postal shed.
We have also pushed Ausgrid to fix the lighting on the roads.
We get the Community together for the annual Weeding Day every year. The weeds on the ferry approach are now removed, however requires constant monitoring.
Clean up Australia Day on the river is organised each year through the Progress Association.
In fact, we take pride in that the entire amenities in the area has been improved due to our volunteer efforts. There is strength in numbers and the collective voices of our growing number of members are conveyed to Council through our lobbying.
01 Can anyone join ?
Our focus is on issues that directly affect the Residents and Businesses on the river. To maximise participation and support, the membership is strictly only for Residents and local Businesses at this time.
02 does it cost anything ?
As a local volunteer Community Group, we do our best for the area and we ask for a modest $30 a year, or $50 for 2 years. This helps us pay for the Ladies Committee Insurance (Santa Boat and Community Events) and other local projects. All financials are disclosed to the members.
03 Any projects in the pipeline ?
Our dream is to build a Community Centre using Community funds and are in the process of our 4th application to see this long term project to fruition.
We are also liaising with the various authorities to establish digital data addresses from Silverwater Estate up to Coba Point. River residents are unable to complete most online forms, due to the absence of a street number address. This initiative will allow emergency services to be able to accurately pinpoint resident’s properties, speed up evacuation times and save lives.
04 Past initiatives ?
So many to list, but the notable ones are:
The Community has a Residents Pontoon.
The Silverwater Bay Residents have permanent access to town water.
We have a vested and ongoing interest in the quality of the water.