Tara Futures Group holds Year Ahead Gathering

PLANNING AHEAD: Western Downs mayor Paul McVeigh addresses attendees at the Tara Year Ahead Gathering.
PLANNING AHEAD: Western Downs mayor Paul McVeigh addresses attendees at the Tara Year Ahead Gathering. Contributed

IT WAS a busy weekend in Tara as the Tara Futures Group held both the town's Community Expo and Year Ahead Gathering.

The latter was an opportunity for locals to hear what council has on the horizon for the community in 2018, as well as voice their own priorities for the year.

Tara Futures Group president Joe Abbott said about 50 people attended the meeting, where he discussed a number of key initiatives for 2018.

"One of the things we did last year was an inspiration walk at the lagoon and we ended up with about 35 ideas that came out of that,” Mr Abbott said.

"The council are working on some of those short terms ones and longer term ideas, things like an off the leash dog run is very much in their eyes.

"We're aware of the lack of potable water in Tara and we'll be advocating for the best possible outcome for our residents in that regard.”

He also touched on council's, and the Futures Group's, successes last year, including strong social media involvement in the Tara Culture Festival and Camel Races, planting dozens of trees as part of the Adopt a Stree Tree initiative, and significant expenditure on water infrastructure.

Mr Abbott said it was important the community get involved to voice their concerns and make a difference for the town.

"It's volunteers that make things happen in our community,” Mr Abbott said.

"The fact that we do receive some negative responses about the community... we take that on the shoulder and encourage people to come to our meetings so that we can do something about those sort of things.

"The group can make a positive contribution to the community growth.”

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