PICNIC TERRITORY: An action group is working to ensure Dam Mill Reserve remains an appealing picnic spot for families.The preservation of one of Longford’s most popular picnic spots will again be put under the spotlight on Monday.

The Mill Dam Action Group will hold itsannual general meetingat the council chambers in Longford at 5.30pmto discuss the next step in maintaining and improving Mill Dam Reserve.

Northern Midlands Council planning and development officer Duncan Payton said the group’s primary purpose was to ensure the reserve remained an appealing area for the public.

In recent years the group has driven the replacement of seats and benches at the recreation area and workedtosecurethe reserve fromflood damage.

“A lot of people would notice particularly in the last fiveor sixyears, lots of attempts atstabilisation planting have been made there because the area floods every year, which makes bank stabilisation and keeping the place really pleasant somewhat challenging,” Mr Paytonsaid.

“There’s a fairly high level of attrition with floods but it’s been a steady improvement; it’s beenreally good.”

The committee will also elect a new chair at the meeting, after committee stalwart Hugh Mackinnon announced he would be relinquishing the role.

Mr Payton thanked Mr Mackinnon for his dedication to the cause over the past few decades.

“He’s been chair of the committee for six years andhe’s decided it’s time for him to step down, and Iunderstand he’s stepping off the committee altogether.

“His participation and contribution will be sorely missed however we do thank him for his tireless efforts over the years.”

Plans are also underwayto erect amemorial plaque forformer committee memberRay Bean, who passed away last year.

“His efforts have been roundly applauded by council and the committee, and the committee suggested with council’s full support it would be nice to put a plaque out there, probably against one of the seats to recognise his contribution over the years.”

Northern Midlands residents interested in joining the group are encouraged to nominate for membership before June 8.

Nomination forms are available from various service centres across the region and at the council website.

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