On Saturday 26th, September, members of Holmesville Community Garden, and West Wallsend District Sustainable Neighbourhood Group, had the opportunity to recognise the contribution of the Holmesville Progress Association (HPA) to our local area.
Since 1945 the Holmesville Progress Association has been liaising between Council, other authorities and property owners, on behalf of local residents. (Though its antecedents in caring for the town are even older, beginning with the Holmesville Improvement Committee in 1900.)
Since its inception, the group has helped to provide play centres, planted trees in Appletree Road and shrubs in Centenary Park, encouraged Council to provide the Holmesville Sports Ground, the skatepark, play equipment in parks, tar sealing of roads, kerb and guttering and general maintenance work.
At one stage it also ran the Holmesville Tennis Club (now the site of your community garden) and managed the hiring of the Community Hall.
The Association has been a strong supporter of West Wallsend District Sustainable Neighbourhood Group since its inception in 2013. Most recently, the HPA donated the seating in the grounds outside the community garden.
When it was realised that the HPA would have to disband, the remaining funds were generously donated to WWDSNG, with a request that that the money be spent to benefit the children of the community – hence the installation of the chimes, and this public acknowledgment of our gratitude.
It is important to remember that, without community involvement, your local area will never receive the recognition it deserves. It is up to all members and residents of the community to ensure that we are seen and heard in order to make your local area a great one in which to live.