Modernising system to help Denial Bay progress

Denial Bay Progress Association secretary Brenton Niemz said the committee was “excited” to have recently received a $3100 grant for modernising the association’s administration process.

The grant has been used to purchase computer equipment, including a laptop and accessories, a printer, software and also customised domain hosting to establish a web presence for the Progress Association.

The Department of Social Services’ ‘Strengthening Communities Program’ fund is designed to support volunteer-based community organisations.

Mr Niemz said it would allow the Denial Bay Progress Association the chance to utilise its regularly fundraised money in other areas.

“We were extremely excited to be awarded the grant as it will allow the association to purchase equipment that it would normally have to fundraise for,” he said.

“It also means that income generated through our cans and bottle recycling, weekly bingo and the bi-annual jetty markets can go directly back into the local community.”

Also allocated in the grants were funds to reimburse volunteer fuel usage when doing can and bottle runs to the recycling depot.

Mr Niemz said the grant would help streamline the association’s internal administration procedure.

“It will allow us to store all of our information in a central location, which can be handed over as committee positions change,” he said.

“Currently, much of our paperwork is stored in folders and document boxes, so this grant will allow us to digitise this information and store it electronically.

“It will mean that the association can spend less time on administration and more time advocating for and representing the interests of the local Denial Bay community.”

The grant comes at a good time for the Denial Bay Progress Association as Mr Niemz said it was preparing for upcoming events.

“The Denial Bay Progress Association’s annual general meeting will be held on Sunday, August 27 at 1pm down at the jetty shelter, where committee executive positions will be up for nomination, and all members and the public are welcome to attend,” he said.

“Later in the year we will have our Spring jetty markets, which is always a huge event for the local community.”

Mr Niemz said the date of the jetty market was yet to be confirmed.