MEMBERS GATHER: Queensland Reconstruction Authority major general Dick Wilson (centre) with Whitsunday Lions Club members Alan Browning, Robina Mealy and Sue Cobham and Airlie Beach Rotary Club members Merewyn Wright, John Powell and Allan Robinson at the Lion's 2012 Combined Service Clubs and Organisations Get Together. Photo Aimee Vinci / Whitsunday Times
MEMBERS GATHER: Queensland Reconstruction Authority major general Dick Wilson (centre) with Whitsunday Lions Club members Alan Browning, Robina Mealy and Sue Cobham and Airlie Beach Rotary Club members Merewyn Wright, John Powell and Allan Robinson at the Lion's 2012 Combined Service Clubs and Organisations Get Together. Photo Aimee Vinci / Whitsunday Times

Groups get together for community

COMMUNITY service groups and organisations attended the Whitsunday Lions 2012 Combined Service Clubs and Organisations Get Together at the Reef Gateway last Wednesday night.

The many volunteers shared fundraising ideas and updates on community projects and were treated to a special presentation by Queensland Reconstruction Authority chair Major General Dick Wilson.

MG Wilson is helping co-ordinate an efficient and effective reconstruction of the state after it was devastated by floods, storms and cyclones over the past few years.

"There have been seven events that hit the state, including severe tropical cyclones that dramatically effected Queensland," he said.

"This has equated to an estimated cost of $7.5 billion of damage.

"We are working with councils to help them determine their priorities in the areas involved, including the Whitsundays, and come up with value for money solutions." MG Wilson said he hoped attendees realised they needed to continue to focus and build momentum on reconstructing the state.

Lion's president Alan Browning said the get together was a great opportunity for volunteers to get to know each other and understand each other's priorities.

"We are very pleased to have MG Wilson here in the good times as well as our Youth of the Year representative Caitlan Schulte," he said.

"The youth are the future of our club and we need more of them."

Ms Schulte is in year 12 at Whitsunday Christian College and was crowned the region's winner of the Lions YOTY competition earlier this year.

"I really like how involved I have been able to be through Lions as it has helped me grow being around people of a different generation," she said.


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