THE eleventh edition of the Cooma Lions Club large print phone book is hot off the press, with Lions members beginning to distribute this valuable source of community information.
On Thursday, July 31, the books started appearing in Cooma businesses, as the delivery process commenced. Businesses, residents and community groups throughout the Cooma-Monaro Shire will be delivered the directory over the coming weeks.
The directory features residential numbers, business listings and community contact details across the entire shire.
Lions member John Neilson says the directory is one of Club's major community projects and like previous editions is a welcomed source of local information.
"We'll be dropping the books off to over 8000 addresses throughout Cooma-Monaro," Mr Neilson said.
"In the coming weeks every household in Cooma will have the directory hand-delivered to them."
From Cabramurra to Bungarby, Colinton to Kybeyan, the directory will soon appear on door steps of homes across the region. Its an arduous but very important task.
Mr Neilson is calling on other Lions Club branches in the area to help handing the directories out.
"I'm hopeful the other clubs will help distribute to their areas for us. In the past we've received great support and I'm sure this will be the same this edition."
Mr Neilson is one of the driving forces behind the Lions phone book, his involvement stretching back to the first edition.
Not only is a comprehensive list of residential and business numbers provided, a map of Cooma is included as well.
President of the Cooma Lions Club Bob Nichols has thanked the business community for their continued support of the directory.
"The books are free because of the generosity of those who support us. It wouldn't be possible to produce this product without their advertising in the book," Mr Nichols said.
"Their support is very much appreciated."
Keeping track of the comings and goings of residents is a difficult task, with electoral details often not updated in a timely manner. To alleviate concerns of residents who may find themselves not included in the directory, Mr Neilson has reassured their details will be noted and included in future publications.
"It's possible you may have been missed and if this is the case please call us and we'll record it in the file," Mr Neilson said.