TheBatehaven Progress Group has hit the ground running, with 21 businesses joining up and two successful meetings held.
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UNITED FRONT: Batehaven Progress Group’s Belinda Shalders (Batehaven Garden Centre), Cameron Keen (Keen Dentures), Ron Dunne (Haven Quality Meats), Neil Mackay (Batehaven Pharmacy), Teresa Howarth (Batehaven Fruit and Veg), Ben Crane (IGA), Vivienne Stevens (Batehaven Bakehouse), Wayne Shalders (Batehaven Hardware), Greg Buttriss (Batehaven Dry Cleaning and Laundry), Bob Carver (Clyde View Holiday Park) and Jack Downes (Delicious).

“The numbers and support are really good,” founder Belinda Shalders said.

The group held its first monthly meeting in July and the enthusiasm for it hasn’t waned.

“We wanted to be united and show the people of Batehaven that we do care. We also wanted a talking platform to talk about issues, and to have everyone on the same page. We are looking for a better deal for Batehaven, not just individual businesses. “We want it to be a place that locals and visitors to the area can come and enjoy.”

The group has discussed marketing issues, improving the streetscape and park, signage and organising special days.

“We had these days years ago, and we want to get new ones happening,” Mrs Shalders said.

Mrs Shalders said Eurobodalla Shire Council had been very supportive.

“We have given them a list of improvements we would like to make and they will be sitting down with us going through them,” Mrs Shalders.

The group already knows the value of getting to together to sort out an issue, having got together this year with the police to discuss juvenile anti-social behaviour in the Batehaven CBD.

“The PCYC (Police Citizens Youth Club) did a lot of work with the kids, and while the problem hasn’t completely gone away, it’s nothing compared to what it used to be; the kids are hardly ever around any more,” Mrs Shalders said.

The group’s next meeting is on Thursday September 11.

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