KOALA SMART PROJECT
KOALA SMART is a Lions project aimed to inspire, motivate and educate primary and secondary school children, along with the local community, to actively participate and embrace change to save our koalas.
Koala Smart is an educational and creative arts program for schools in the Port Macquarie Hastings and Kempsey Shire Council areas that fall within or near the local Area of Regional Koala Significance (ARKS). These are specific areas where Koalas are known to exist and where growth in a healthy koala population has been possible because of valuable genetic diversity.
Significant research and data collected in these ARKS deliver some disturbing predictions. Most notably, if current urban growth practices continue, koalas will become extinct in the next 35 years. It is believed that a significant step in preventing this catastrophe is education – at all levels of the community.
For detailed information please go to the Koala Smart website which can be found HERE...
LIGHTHOUSE BEACH PARK - CHILDREN PLAYGROUND
The Project is the establishment of a new play area for children on the foreshore at Lighthouse Beach. This playground is just north of Tacking Point Surf Life Saving Club 40 Matthew Flinders Drive Lighthouse Beach Port Macquarie. The playground is being established in the precinct of the current Tacking Point Lions BBQ facilities and workout station.
This new playground along with Lions BBQ facilities and workout station is at the start of the south end of Port Macquarie coastal walk which is one of the few places on the NSW coast where the forest meets the foam. Apart from the stunning seaside scenery at this location, you might also spot a whale or two on their annual migration between May and November.
LIONS QUEST - SKILLS FOR GROWING
In late January 2019, the junior school staff at Heritage Christian School Port Macquarie will participate in the one-day teacher accreditation program for the internationally acclaimed social and emotional learning program Skills for Growing. This program is owned by the Lions Clubs International Foundation and was chosen by the school after extensive research.
The training will be conducted by a Lions Quest International Senior Trainer - who is a member of Tacking Point Lions Club - and our Club is supporting the school by donating a set of curriculum materials.
AGEM WARD GARDEN AND THE PAEDIATRIC THERAPY PLAYGROUND
Refurbishment and Maintenance Port Macquarie Base Hospital Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) Ward Garden and the Paediatric Therapy Playground
Tacking Point Lions are undertaking a programme of refurbishment and maintenance of the Port Macquarie Base Hospital Geriatric Evaluation and Management (AGEM) Ward garden These garden, built by Tacking Point Lions, are now in need of refurbishment. This facility is for older people with mild dementia or another complex, chronic or multiple healthcare requirements.
The paediatric therapy playground next door built or so by Tacking Point Lions is a state-of-the-art children’s therapy playground. The children’s playground is used by medical staff to ascertain the performance of children under the care of the paediatric section of the hospital. This facility is also in need of a refurbishment.
AUSTRALIAN LIONS FOUNDATION
When disaster strikes the Australian Lions Foundation (ALF) is amongst the first to offer disaster relief. When the devastating drought (2018 ongoing) decimated many parts of Eastern Australia, the Australian Lions Foundation was one of the first on the ground providing financial assistance and support to local communities in times of need.
ALF continues to fulfil this need not only in Australia and Papua New Guinea but also internationally where our emergency relief and community welfare projects contribute to global understanding and cooperation.
Personal gifts to the Australian Lions Foundation are welcomed, and donations of $2.00 or more are tax-deductible. To donate either click on the ‘Make a Donation’ button, or send donations to Award Chairperson, David Triffett, PO Box 465, Glenorchy, Tasmania, 7010.