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Progress associations are local resident associations, owned and run by their members.  The Progress Association is the community’s direct link to all those institutions and organisations at Local, State and Commonwealth levels, which can impact on Burrum Heads’ future.

Any resident within the Burrum Heads area is entitled to and welcome to become a member of the Burrum Heads Progress Association.

The Burrum Heads Progress Association is a voluntary, not-for-profit community group, established in 1975.  The objectives of the Association are to promote and encourage the progress, development, advancement and welfare of the local community and to establish and maintain suitable premises for the convenience of the local community.

We regularly meet with residents on the 3rd Wednesday of the month and run the Burrum Heads Village Christmas Party, plus other events.

Our newsletter, the popular Burrum Heads Progress Association Newsletter, is distributed once a month to businesses in Burrum Heads and district.

Burrum Heads is a great place to come, relax, enjoy the scenery and to take pleasure in the peace, tranquility and beauty of life.

Visitors - enjoy your stay - return home safely.

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EMERGENCY GENERAL PROGRESS MEETING 7pm WEDNESDAY 26th SEPTEMBER.

Very short Meeting - please attend if you can.  Thank you! 
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  HOW DOES BURRUM HEADS MEASURE UP ...  WHEN IT COMES TO "KINDNESS"?

Hi Everyone!

Please allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Dorothy Douglas and I am a volunteer member of the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre.  As such, I am seeking your help to launch a program called “The Kindness Neighbour” program. As a community, we celebrate Neighbour Day each year around the 24th March, which is an excellent opportunity for all of us to get together. 

However, as all of us have witnessed at one time or other, our society is breaking down when it comes to many traditional values and we become more self absorbed and busy with our own lives.

“Neighbour Day” was founded in Melbourne, Australia in March 2003 by Andrew Heslop after the remains of an elderly woman were found inside her suburban home.  Andrew Heslop is a community activist, social commentator and well known Australian.

Mrs Elsie Brown had been dead for two years – forgotten by her neighbours, her friends and her family.  While Andrew did not know Mrs Brown he was shocked by the apparent ease in which the world had left her behind.”

As we are all aware, this was not an isolated incident.  There have been such deaths reported in the media, before and since, with such similar circumstances.  We have had such incidences in Hervey Bay, including one gentleman who was deceased for three weeks before being found, despite adjoining units each side and his car remaining stationary in his carport for that time before anyone thought to investigate further.

This has brought us to the conclusion that celebrating “Neighbour Day” once a year is not enough.  We need to return to our traditional values of looking out for each other.  If you have a neighbour living in isolation near you, regardless of age, share a “Good Morning”, a newspaper or a cuppa with them every day to ensure that they are okay.  So many people are now living independently and away from their families.  This is a good thing, but this independence brings with it new problems.  It is up to you how much you want to be involved, but remember always treat your neighbour with respect and dignity, without being intrusive. 

We at the Neighbourhood Centre are equally aware that there are already good people out in the community going above and beyond for their neighbours and we would like to hear about them; hence the accompanying “Kind Neighbour Award” nomination form.  We feel very strongly that these people should be given recognition and the praise they deserve, and in doing so will encourage other people to come on board. (Click on link to download a form.)

There is no cut of date for this program as it will be ongoing with regular announcements of winners; the first of which will be announced at the Tour de Bay on 23rd September 2018.  Our ultimate aim is from the winners throughout the year, an Ambassador will be selected each year.  Consequently we will eventually have Ambassadors for the program out in the community assisting to spread the word, offer encouragement and assist with occasional events which may be held to draw the community together.

If you own a business, we would also like your support for this program, no matter how small to ensure the survival of this program.  If you have customers who you recognise as good neighbours in your community, please feel free to also fill out a nomination form.

This program is covering the whole Fraser Coast region as we view the region as ONE community, but with each area celebrating Neighbour Day in their own way in order to build a strong community looking out for each other.

Why not nominate someone you know who goes out of their way to show kindness to others who may be disabled or lonely? 

 

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