Hart Field Enhancements
June 2021 update: –
As always behind the scenes there’s always something happening!
Post floods, we have all been busy fixing the clubs infrastructure and club grounds, we still have some more work to do and this will happen prior to Spring and the new flying season.
A special thank you to those members who have gone above and beyond to get the club back on its feet. After the floods it was hard to see our club covered in tonnes of sludge and mud. But, nothing made me prouder to see our membership rally together to rebuild. Thank you to everyone.
Your committee has decided to not engage the MAAA at this time for memberships. Due to the loss of time while the club was closed during the flood damage and the time frame required to gather all the information to make the correct decision.
We have also been in contact with the AMAS committee during and after the flood and they have offered support to help financially with club post floods.
We also spoke at the AGM about the possibility of raising the club fees. This has also been put on hold for now and if we feel this needs to be looked into we will look at it in the future.
The concrete slab and BBQ area is back on the agenda, your committee has re-engaged with this construction process with the extension of the concrete slab and installation of a fixed BBQ for you, the members, to utilise.
Penrith City Council have planted a large amount of trees/scrubs at the eastern end of the strip on the hill between the road and the club. Any concerns with these trees obstructing the final landing approach is not warranted. It will take many years for these to grow high enough to cause any restrictions. These trees will actually help to stop people from accessing the club from the top of the hill and off the road. If you remember we had a stolen car and thieves use this area to access the club.
2021 Floods at Hart Field
The floods this year have been more devastating than the 2019 floods and the field was possibly 5 metres under water. It was above the flagpoles and to the base of the security cameras. The only missing piece of equipment so far is the water tank. The security light in the covered area is water damaged and will need repairing/replacement. The Weather station was out of the water but the communications drivers were submerged and not functioning.
Sunday 21st March 2021
This was an item raised for consideration at the AGM and I think members are unanimous in their support for the club purchasing a defibrillator unit. Craig Chaffey has kindly taken this on and we are in the process of submitting a funding grant proposal to NSW Sport who can subsidise part of the cost of the unit to a value of $1250.00. Suitable units are approximately $2,500 to $3,500 and we are working with a supplier linked to the grants scheme to assist in the acquisition of this important item. Upon purchase and install, we will run a tutorial at the club to demonstrate the operation of the unit to members.
PEMAC Weather Station
The Weather Station has been removed until further notice due to flood damage
The club has recently purchased a 4g based weather station that will be installed on our security tower in the coming weeks. This also will act as a WIFI hub so the club has the option to install additional security features in the future. Access to real time weather station data will be via a simple hyperlink available on the clubs website. Daryll Lundie has kindly volunteered his time and efforts into getting this project up an running and continues to be our security and technologies go to guy. Thanks Daryll for your continued efforts. It is greatly appreciated.
To access the station use the following link:-