• Hannah Phillips

Saddleworth Set for the Future


Saddleworth's community spirit was out in full force earlier this month, when 30 residents attended the town's AGM run by the Saddleworth District Community Association.


Despite setbacks last year - the loss of the town’s supermarket and RSL building fire, the community is ready to build Saddleworth a solid future.

Work includes the replacement of the Saddleworth public cemetery fence and ongoing beautification of the cemetery grounds.

The town gardening group, led by Ron Highet, is tending to pot plants in the main street as well as new plantings, including small trees – more helpers are always welcome through contacting the Library and Community centre.

Funding for a new tourist cabin has been granted by the Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council, which will add another aspect to the caravan park, making it more attractive to overnight visitors.

Volunteers are being called to help lay pavers from the oval club house to the toilets, while repairs to Winkler Park paths, washed away by rains, have been completed by volunteers.

Peak Body Management will take over the running of the Saddleworth Op Shop from October, adding another fundraising avenue for the community, with more volunteers needed to ensure the project’s success.

“We are asking the community to put their thoughts and some plans on paper for the future of the RSL block of land, as this will be a project we will want to put some serious thought in to,” Peak Body chairman Adrian Nourse said.

“We want suggestions on how we can beautify our main street and make the block a useful space for the community.

“The peak body would love to hear from community members who would be willing to give a hand with some of the projects from time to time,” he said.