Newsletter 61 January 15, 2017

Hello Farina Supporters,

Planning is well under way for the 2017 works at Farina.

Please contact me on farinagroup@hotmail.com if you are having any difficulties.

There has been a change to the Leader’s Roster. Bob Brownlee will now be leading Weeks 1 and 2. Tom Harding will be leading Weeks 7 and 8.

As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any queries.

Following is a newsletter from our Convenor, Tom Harding.

Regards… Cathie

Welcome all, to the TENTH year of Farina activity.

2008 was an administrative and planning year, followed by eight completed work programmes, making 2017 the tenth year of our intention to re-establish Farina as a Significant historic inland Australian township.

Thank you for supporting our previous 720 “on the ground” volunteers and the 100’s of unseen volunteer admin hours that happen all year round.

For the 2017 programme commencing May 27, we already have 110 names registered. Early birds have all gained their requested dates. Weeks 1 and 2, are now adequately staffed, with plenty of opportunities still available across weeks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.

A full range of skilled (and unskilled) activities are spread across all weeks (and split weeks are perfectly OK).

Last programme used 160 volunteers and we have work openings to accommodate an increased number this year.

It is our practice that Cathie and/or myself (Tom) will contact you within 14 days of receiving your registration.

If this has not happened in your case, please contact Cathie at farinagroup@hotmail.com as we have had a couple of “glitches” recently.

If you need guidance on which period might be both your and our “best fit” in completing your registration, (eg plant maintenance special skills or similar), please call Tom 0418 300 597 or Bob 0409 433 731. Bakers! Martin McLennan would like hear from you on 0408 731 140

Through the generosity and the support of the extended Patterson Family, the title of lot 329, (their original house /store property), has now been transferred to Farina Restoration Group.

This has enabled the achievement of a grant to enable rebuilding commencement – the external to be as original and internal for use as a Visitor centre, museum, education facility – plus – plus! Detailed plans shortly.

The cost will be in excess of $250,000 and will be funded and constructed over a 2 year – 3 program period. Funding will be by grants, private donations and FRG fund raising.

There is opportunity for recognised private sponsorship within the building programme, or for specific nominated sections/facilities.
I invite interested parties to discuss details with me.

We anticipate foundations being laid in June /July this year..

It is great to see Farina’s profile rising to “instant recognition” status in so many places. It is also interesting to know we have reached bucket list ranking on many “must do” travel lists.

Thank you for your support.
I rate this as Ten years very well spent!

Kind regards … Tom Harding.