An early warning system for emergencies on the North Shore is a step closer.
A $300 grant through the Holiday Coast Credit Union’s 2018 Community Partnership Grants has been awarded to the North Side Progress Association to purchase two portable loud speakers.
The allocation was part of Holiday Coast Credit Union’s 2018 Community Partnership Grants to 33 organisations.
The loud speakers will be used to warn North Shore residents about emergencies such as floods.
North Side Progress Association president Carla McKern said they would make their way through the village with the loud speakers and warn people of an impending flood, or in the case of fire, an evacuation, for example.
The emergency management early warning system follows community consultation and liaison with the SES after the 2013 flood.
North Side Progress Association vice-president Kingsley Searle said the loud speakers would be a vital link to let the community know what was going on.
“It could save lives,” he said.
Another potentially life saving project funded through the grant scheme is a defibrillator and additional first aid kit for Douglas Vale Conservation Group.
The group received $3300 through the grants program.
The group’s treasurer and grants officer, David Horn, said Douglas Vale attracted a lot of seniors.
He said the defibrillator may save a life.
“We hope we never have to use it, but nevertheless, if we are prepared, that’s good,” Mr Horn said.
Holiday Coast Credit Union’s 2018 Community Partnership Grants totalling $73,000 went to 33 organisations.
There have been presentations at the Port Macquarie and Taree branches with another presentation planned at Coffs Harbour on June 15.
Some 16 groups across the Port Macquarie, Wauchope and Camden Haven areas were among the recipients.
Holiday Coast Credit Union CEO Neville Parsons said it was the members who did business with Holiday Coast Credit Union that enabled the credit union to allocate part of its profits to community groups.
“We at Holiday Coast remain committed to the growth and wellbeing of our local communities and the support of the many volunteer groups that enhance those communities,” he said.