What a fantastic weekend we have just completed!
We conducted our review of the Farina Project status, and determined what we should proceed with during the 2017 weeks program.
A significant number of members joined with the committee to carry out a joint inspection of the site, and then met together in Tom's Shed to determine how we were going to proceed (see images below).
This meeting not only looked at projects, but volunteer resources, safety issues, supplies, allowances for inclement weather etc. - all necessary to ensure that our 8 weeks on site were as efficient and productive as possible, while still ensuring that all members were enjoying themselves and working within their capabilities.
The major project this year will be the replacement of the Patterson building (adjacent to the Bakery, and opposite the Transcontinental Hotel). The building is intended to be used for food preparation and sales, and as an information centre (a training area). Other uses will probably be found for it over time. This is our first new building to be erected in over 100 years, and funding is still required to complete it.
We made use of the people on site to do the initial cleaning up of the Patterson site. Old damaged equipment and household effects that remained after the building burned down were removed, and the broken slate paving (originally used across the front of the building) has now been lifted and stacked adjacent to the building for possible re-use.
Barriers have been erected to keep people off the construction site, and one of the information pergolas has been moved from the existing information area across the road, and placed adjacent to the construction area to describe the purpose of the works, and to request donations where appropriate.
Already in place, and worth checking out are the upgraded walking trails adjacent to the camping grounds. The Northern-most trail passes close to the first Farina settlement on the hillside overlooking the Leigh Creek.