Projects aplenty planned as Cabarita community unites
CABARITA'S community has grasped the reigns of the seaside town's future firmly in its own hands by launching a cooperative called Caba Projects Plan.
About 80 invitees attended the recent launch of the CPP which will operate under the auspices of the Cabarita Economic Development Committee and is funded by Clubs NSW with support from the NSW Department of Trade and Investment, Tweed Shire Council and local businesses and organisations.
The project aims to generate economic benefits to local traders while preserving the natural beauty of the area and has already scored a goal with the successful September Carnivale organised by CPP venture Caba Creative.
Caba Creative is only one of seven initiatives developed through a number of community workshops and two months of community consultation resulting in the establishment of Caba Village Hub, Cabarita Youth Service, Camp Wollumbin, Caba Creative, Cabarita Dune Care, Cabarita Integrated Walking Trails and Cabarita Community Garden.
Overall CPP facilitator Anne Duke, who is also the chairperson of Destination Tweed, said: "I have worked with many towns but I have never witnessed such energy and support as is found in Cabarita.
"I highly recommend the efforts of all involved," Ms Duke said.
As part of the various CPP ventures, volunteers have mapped disused trails and walks around the village and soon hope to extend the boardwalk on Norries Head to include whale watching platforms.
Beautification of the headland is also high on the wish list while a partnership with Dune Care aims to increase the number of maritime grasses and flowers.
If the September Carnivale is anything to go by, the recently announced CPP initiatives have a bright future.
Cabarita Beach/ Bogangar Residents Association secretary and Caba Creative volunteer Suzi Bourke said: "I walked around the town on the night and retailers told me they had the best trading day of the year.
"We hope to make the September Carnivale an annual event and want to give local artists a platform to exhibit, perform and network.
"The community's spirit is remarkable and has achieved a lot in a short time," Ms Bourke said.