Location: Moonta Town Hall, George Street, Moonta
Editorial for Yorke Peninsula Country Times issue 17th September, 2013
The Moonta & District Progress Association will celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of its formation at their annual general meeting to be held on Thursday 26th September.
On August 21st, 1953 a meeting held in the Moonta Institute committee room formally moved to form the Moonta Traders Progress Association.
There were thirteen people at the original meeting including well-known names such as Poulton, Carthew, Hollands, Ford, Davey, James, Kemp, Marshall, Pascoe, Hill and Oates.
Business on the agenda included the change of Saturday business trading hours and the meeting moved a letter to be sent to the Moonta Corporation drawing council’s attention to the non-enforcement of a by-law stating that dogs must be held on a leash in the town’s business area.
Over the years a number of name changes have occurred including Moonta Business and Tourism Association which became the current day Progress Association now heavily involved in the community,.
Progress is responsible for the Moonta Community Activity Centre (Mens’ Shed), Moonta’s Kernewek Lowender celebrations, Antiques and Collectables Fair, Open Gardens Festival, Christmas Pageant, Carols, Santa’s Cave and the quarterly community Newsletter.
At the annual general meeting the Premier’s Certificate recognising the outstanding contribution by a volunteer will be presented to the family of MDPA late former president Rob Champion.
Former members Ivan Oates and Malcolm Hill, both present at the formation meeting in 1953 have been asked to cut a cake celebrating the anniversary.
President Peter Thompson said “Any former or present-day traders, members and non-members are invited to attend the meeting to be held on Thursday 26th September in the Town Hall supper room at 7:30pm”.