Cafe making Christmas dreams true

The Gawler Heritage Cafe, in association with the Gawler Lions Club are holding a Christmas wishing tree for people in need around the region.
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Co-owner Noelene Hanson said it all began with her family, as they “love Christmas”.

“We did it as a sort of a promotional thing originally,” she said.

“But cause my sister and I love Christmas, we’re very family oriented, love the whole Christmas themeand we thought we’d help other people out by having theChristmas wishing tree.

“It’s a good excuse to get a new Christmas tree too.”

This is the third year the cafe has held the wishing tree, with the event getting bigger and bigger each year.

“It’s getting bigger every year,” she said.

“Every year we’re getting more presents and even more people are learning about it, and we’re able to help others.”

“I think last year we got around 300, and it’s gradually built up every year.

“The area where the presents are gets quite big.”

Ms Hanson said that it is a rewarding feeling to be putting smiles on faces.

“It’s good, it’s a really good feeling knowing you’ve helped others,” she said.

The Gawler Lions Club do the distributing of the presents on a regular basis from the cafe, distributing them around a variety of charities in the area.

“They’ve got people there that work with organisations locally,” she said.

“They come in and get the presents and distribute them to the local charities.

“The Lions Club have a couple of little helpers as well.”

The wishing tree isn’t based just around kids, with people of all ages and genders looked after.

“Kids, adults, babies, men, women, whoever really,” she said.

“All we ask is that they wrap it and bring it in, put on who’s it for, age, gender.”

“Mum and Dad occasionally like a present too.”

To donate to the Christmas wishing tree at the Gawler Heritage Cafe, simply drop a wrapped present into the shop at anytime, with age and specific gender on it if applicable.

SANTA’S LITTLE HELPER: Gawler Heritage Cafe co-owner Noelene Hanson with the Christmas wishing tree.

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Important progress achieved in busy year

It is hard to believe Christmas is almost upon us – and even harder for me to believe that our new council is already three months into its term.
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Time has flown as I have settled into my new role as Mayor, and it has been an equally busy three months for all of our elected representatives, particularly the many new faces on Council.

Although we have had only a few full Council meetings, we have already begun to tick off some important projects for our City.

Recently, Council adopted the Toronto Contributions Catchment Plan, which sets out how Council will levy developer contributions to fund new and improved recreational facilities and open space in western Lake Macquarie.

At the same meeting, we set in train changes to the city’s Development Control Plan that will allow for the implementation of Council’s widely awarded and acclaimed plan to manage lake-level rise in the flood-prone suburbs of Marks Point and Belmont South.

In October, I signed an MOU on behalf of Council with the Global Smart City and Community Coalition.

This aligns Lake Macquarie with international cities at the cutting edge of urban innovation and will allow us to tap into their ideas as we strive to become a more efficient and liveable city.

Council has also confirmed financial support for a range of community events in the coming year, including Morisset Show and Rodeo, Float Fest, Windale Summer Community Fun Day, Harmony Day and Lakefest.

We adopted a new City Vision and set of Community Values, which will lay the foundation for our new Community Strategic Plan, to be developed in the first half of 2017.

Council will go out to the community in coming months to ask what services and facilities you value, to guide us in the creation of the new plan.

We are also developing a new Arts Heritage and Cultural Plan to help our city places and spaces come alive.

There is much to do, but first, a pause for Christmas.

On that note, may I take this opportunity to wish you all a happy, safe and relaxed holiday season.

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Grinch thieves strike

DEVASTATED: Frankie, 3, Harper, 6 and Allana Kane are devastated thieves have stolen their Christmas presents. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric A young familyis facing a giftless Christmas after their car, with presents hidden inside, was stolen during a ruthless robbery on Monday morning.
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Allana Kane had just finished buying Christmas presents for her daughter Frankie, 3, son Harper, 6, husband Matthew and nieces and nephews.

“I went shoppingand was finished, Ms Kane said.

“The kids were inside the house, so I left the presents in the boot of the car and put a blanket over them.”

The busy mum and full-time primary school teacher had hoped to wrap the presents on Monday night, while her children were sleeping, but heartless thieves ruined her plans.

When Mr Kane went to leave for work at 5.30am he realised the family’s Nissan X-Trail was nowhere to be seen.

Investigating police believe someone a stole the locked vehiclebetween 6pm on Sunday and 5.30am, Monday.

“The car was filled with $1500 of games, electrical items, motorcycle vouchers, clothes, an iPod and Apple vouchers,” a devastated Ms Kane said.

“It’s very hard to explain to children why I am so upset.”

Ballarat Detective Senior Constable John Jess appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Detective Senior Constable Jess said Ms Kane hoped to retrieve the items intact so she could enjoy the rest of her Christmas.

“The victim purchased these presents for her children …the theft is heartless,” Detective Senior Constable Jess said.

No other items were taken and the house was not broken into. Ms Kane cannot fathom how thieves stole the car without anyone noticing.

“The car was in the driveway, right next to our bedroom,” Ms Kane said.

“I didn’t hear anything. They must’ve rolled it out because we didn’t hear a thing.”

Despite a significant rise in theft in the last 12 months, the Kane family had not been targeted previously. They were vigilant and kept their vehicle locked at all times.

“I just hope they don’t burn it out. We work so hard and put away money for Christmas. The effort, the time. I just don’t understand,” Ms Kane said.

While the vehicle is insured, its contents are not. Ms Kane said it would be difficult to pay for replacement gifts so close to Christmas.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000.

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Drunk driver had 15 beers before crash

A Wendouree man who drank 15 pots of beer before getting behind the wheel and driving500 metres before crashing his car, has been taken off the road.
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Ballarat Magistrates’ Court heardMarc JamesSwanson thought he was right to drive, despite drinking 15 pots of heavy beer at a local sporting event on September 28.

Swanson then took the intersection of Grandview Grove and Norman Street too fast beforeskidding his car into a power pole.

When police arrived Swanson’s breath was tested, which revealed his blood alcohol level was 0.150.

Asked by magistrate Gregory Robinson if he really thought he was below the limit when he got behind the wheel, he replied “no”.

“I just got in the car, I wasn’t really thinking,” he told the court on Monday.

“It was a stupid decision.”

Swanson was convicted and fined $750.

He also lost his licence for 15 months.

Truck driver driving on iceA BALLARAT truck driver has also been taken off the road after he was caught driving with ice in his system.

The Ballarat Magistrates’ Court heard David Brewer was driving a prime mover on Dana Street on March 17 when he was intercepted by police.

Police checked his driver log book at the time which had no record of his driving that day.

Further checks also revealed he had worked over the 12-hour maximum driving limit on two occasions.

Brewer was then asked to undergo testing for drugs, which showed he had ice in his system.

Representing himself, Brewer pleaded guilty to the offences and said he simply made a mistake with his log book.

“I’m only a truck driver, I’m not real smart,” Brewer told the court.

“It (legislation) get’s real complicated.”

As for the drugs, he said he had taken it three days before and thought it would be out of his system.

For the log book breaches he was fined $1500. He was also fined $500 and disqualified from driving for six months over the drug driving charge.

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Filly makes high of $15,500 at Wagga auction

MEETING THE MARKET: Sheros Australian Stock Horse Stud open day and sale featured an auction of 38 horses. Stud principal and vendor Andrew Sheridan addresses the crowd. Picture: Laura Hardwick BUYERS shelled out a high of $15,500 to secure lots at the Sheros Australian Stock Horse Stud Open Day and Sale.
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The event –held at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga –fielded a catalogue of 38 horses.

Sale vendor Andrew Sheridan of Illabo said he was thrilled with the show of support and the engagement of the crowd during the various educational presentations.

The sale was backed up by a colt starting challenge, an incentive event and mini clinics provided by leading horsemen including Ben Hall and Ron Wall.

Fellow Illabo horse breeders Terry and Edna Hillier presented the top lot –a yearling filly by Traditional Acres –which met with spirited competition to make the sale high of $15,500.

The filly was secured by John Casey of Tumut.

Mr Sheridan said an overall sale average of $4400 was achieved and he was encouraged by the support from horse enthusiasts representing a range of disciplines.

“We had people there who compete in campdrafting and challenges,” he said.

A highlight of the event was the auction of a pony which was prepared by Mr Sheridan’s daughter Nell, 5.

The pony was sold to raise funds and awareness for spinal research after a good friend of the Sheridan’s sustained injuries in ahelicopter accident while mustering.

The pony made $4700 and Mr Sheridan said his daughter already had plans to prepare another pony for charity to be sold in April next year.

See photos from the event here.

One of the feature events on the program at the open day was the incentive which was open to purchasers who had secured lots at the previous sale.

Tarcutta horsewoman Karen Mansell impressed judges to win the $5000 cash and prizes on her horse sired by Shero’s Respect. The mare was secured at the previous Shero’s Stock Horse Stud Open Day and Sale.

“There were three components, a working dry section, an obstacle course and a 60 second free style,” Mr Sheridan said.

Competitors were judged by Matt Holz and Ron Wall.

Emma O’Shea was successful –for the second time in a row –at winning the breaking in competition.

She won the event at the previous open day and sale at CSU.

“The standard was the highest that we have seen yet,” Mr Sheridan said.

A wet winter and spring allowed the horses to be presented in good condition and Mr Sheridan said he was proud of the lineup.

“It is good to see that they will be in the industry and people will be using them in the campdraft, challenge and pleasure industry,” he said.

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Small towns in mourning

RESPECTED MAN: Tony Douglas was riding in Rutherglen about 7pm Sunday when he crashed.
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THE Barnawartha community is mourning the death of Tony Douglas, who died in a crash on the Murray Valley Highway on Sunday evening.

Mr Douglas, 48, died after police said he tried to overtake a four-wheel-drive on his motorbike when the vehicles collided.He leaves behind his wife Alex and sons Mark, Gary and Andrew.

A well-known personality in the Tallangatta and District Football League, Mr Douglas served as the Barnawartha Football Club’s umpires co-ordinator, winning the umpire of the year award for season 2016.

He was behind a push to have the first female umpires to officiate a game in fourth grade earlier this year.

Mr Douglas was also a member for the CFA.

Barnawartha Football Club president Chris Pierce said he was an excellent club man.

“Tony was very good to our club. If he wasn’t umpiring he’d be working the gate, or doing whatever job needed to be done,” he said.

“His boys haven’t played here for a few years but he’s hung around, he’s a great person to have at the club.He was a fun-loving, family-orientated guy, loved his fishing and golf. He’d do anything for you, he got along well with everyone.”

MISSED: Rosemary White lost her battle to recover from critical injuries suffered during a crash near her Edi home.

Meanwhile,75-year-old Rosemary Whitelost her battle on the weekend to recover from injuries sustained in a car crash six days earlier.

The remarkable life of the Edi Upper woman covered everything from a respected career as a teacher, to a large and loving family, to a reputation as a matchmaker.

One of her eight children, Basil, was driving on the night when he lost control and crashed into the tree. He died at the scene.

The youngest of Mrs White’s eight children, Julie Kennedy, describedher mum as “dearly loved by everyone, greatly admired, incredibly strong and a devoted mother”.

“She has such a kind and caring heart – so selfless, generous and always giving to others –and she saw the good in everyone,”Mrs Kennedy said.

“She was one-of-a-kind woman that was cherished by everyone she met.

“She would strike up a conversation with anyone and had a smile that would light up the room.”

TRAGEDY: Basil White was the driver when he and mother Rosemary crashed into a tree last weekend.

Mrs White and husbandDavid had five boys and three girls and she would eventually become affectionately known as “Nanny Moo”to the couple’s 19 grandchildren.

Fruit pickers in the King Valley would have known her as the woman who organised their employment and picked them up in her van, while tennis players knew her reputation as a player who could confuse opponents with devastating spin shots.

Mrs Kennedy said her mother had a wicked sense of humour and always had a story that would make you laugh.

“She acted as the local matchmaker also and had great delight when things worked out well,”she said. “She will be dearly missed by everyone, she is now resting peaceful with Basil.”

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Orana Outlaws’ triumphant seasonVIDEO, PHOTOS

The Orana Outlaws side was determined to win the Plan B Regional Bash this season after falling at the semi-final stage last summer.
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An opening round win over the Central West Wranglersgot Jason Ryan’s men on their way and the campaign came to a victorious close on Sunday evening when the Outlaws defeated the Northern Rivers Rock in the final under lights at Australia’s home of cricket, the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Highlights from the Orana Outlaws’ Plan B Regional Bash final win at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday night.Here’s how the Outlaws’ season unfolded.

Even before the season proper began, hopes were high following the announcement of a powerful Orana squad for the second edition of the Plan B Regional Bash, with Nathan Pilon taking over the captaincy and Ben Patterson joining him as a marquee player.


No. 1 Oval, Dubbo. October 16

RATTLED HIS CASTLE: The moment when Ben Patterson bowled Central West’s Joey Coughlan was a real highlight but unfortunately for the Orana side Patterson had overstepped the mark and it was deemed a no ball. Photo: PAIGE WILLIAMS

The season began with an emphatic win over local rivals, the Central West Wranglers.

Despite the Wranglers beginning well, man of the match Wes Giddings (3/15 and 27) led the Outlaws to a convincing seven wicket victory.

First wicket! Ben Strachan strikes for the Outlaws and removes Josh Toole lbw for 4. Wranglers 1/21 in the fourth over #PlanBBashpic.twitter南京夜网/CCqlkRGIY3

— Nick Guthrie (@Nj_Guthrie) October 16, 2016ROUND 2SOUTH COAST CREW v ORANA OUTLAWS

Bradman Oval, Bowral. November 6

The second round clash with the South Coast Crew was a match the Outlaws seemed destined to lose until Mat Skinner and Marty Jeffrey combined in a crucial partnership which sealed a two wicket win.

UNITED: The Orana Outlaws squad together at Bradman Oval in Bowral before its thrilling win over South Coast in the second round. Photo: FACEBOOK

Skinner was named man of the match after taking 2/16 with the ball and scoring 31 not out, and even he admitted he was shocked to feature so heavily for the Outlaws.

Orana coach Jason Ryan delighted after Mat Skinner’s heroics send Outlaws to #PlanBBash finals at @scg[email protected]_NSW

— Nick Guthrie (@Nj_Guthrie) November 6, 2016SEMI-FINALORANA OUTLAWS v WAGGA WAGGA SLOGGERS

Sydney Cricket Ground, December 11

The Outlaws returned to the SCG after being beaten in the semi-finals in the inaugural edition of the Plan B Regional Bash.

LEADER OF THE PACK: Nathan Pilon was a standout behind the stumps all campaign and produced some fantastic stumpings in the finals. Photo: CRICKET NSW

This time the Wagga Wagga Sloggers were the opponents and a brilliant 128 run partnership between Jordan Moran and captain Nathan Pilon set the Outlaws up for a clinical 28 run win.


Sydney Cricket Ground, December 11

STANDOUT: Jordan Moran was one of Orana’s best on finals day, making scores of 75 and 26 in the last two matches as the Outlaws went on to win the title. Photo: CRICKET NSW

The Orana Outlaws met the men from the north coast in the final of Country Cricket’s NSW premier Twenty20 competition.

It was far from easy for the Outlaws, who had to deal with some excellent Northern Rivers bowling and also some light rain shortly after taking to the field.

HE’S GONE: Wes Giddings enjoyed some quality moments for the Orana Outlaws this season but this moment in the semi-final against Wagga was not one of them. Photo: CRICKET NSW

But despite that, the boys from out west played the better cricket when it mattered and scored a thrilling 13 run win.

Mitch Bower was named man of the match in the decider after belting a brutal 51 from 21 balls late on and he said a patient approach was crucial at such an important time in the game.

Orana captain Nathan Pilon speaks to Cricket NSW after Orana’s win in the final on Sunday night.Captain Pilon was also delighted after the win, and while he played a key role throughout the campaign, he was adamant the title win was a team effort and said the mateship within the side was one of the big reason’s behind Orana’s success.

Orana Outlaws win!! They’re the 2016/17 #PlanBBash champions after outstandingly tough 13 run win over Northern Rivers at @[email protected]南京夜网/DZRpvOv8Wq

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Life savers put through their paces

File photo: SuppliedBefore they take to the beaches across the Kempsey, Port Macquarie, Taree and Forster regions this month, lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) wereput through their paces in Forster to ensure they enter the summer season in peak condition.
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Ahead of what promises to be a busy summer watching, the lifeguards undertook a gruelling testing session where they completed a rigorous pool session before hitting the beach for rescue scenario training exercises.

The day’s activities are designed to not only test their fitness and conditioning levels but also refresh their knowledge before returning to duty.

The event took place a day after all the local beaches were reopened after Colin Rowland was attacked by a great white shark on December 1 at The Ruins, Booti Booti National Park.

“As a precaution an extra jetski was tasked to the area to do a sweep. There wasn’t any doubt that the event would happen – though if it was deemed necessary a contingency plan would have been implemented,” Surf Lifesaving NSW’ Liam Howitt said.

Related content: Shark drones afterattack

MidCoast Council lifeguard supervisorWarren Keegan said the training days were an important milestone for all lifeguards.

“The lifeguards are all very professional, they know the high standards we expect of them and have worked diligently throughout the year to ensure that they reach them,” Mr Keegan said.

“These training and testing sessions are extremely important for everyone involved in the ALS as they are not only a great opportunity to build team spirit, but also the chance to see where their fitness and skills are at ahead of the season.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to catch up with those from other council areas as well and build on the culture that is well established,” he concluded.

Lifeguards from the ALS will be patrolling beaches in the Kempsey, Port Macquarie, and MidCoast Council areas from mid-December.

Tips to keep safe include swimming between the red and yellow patrol flags; read the safety signs for information about the beach and ask a lifesaver or lifeguard for safety information; always swim with someone else so you can look out for each other, and always supervise children around the water; never swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs; if you need help in the water, stay calm and attract attention by raising one arm; in an emergency, dial Triple Zero Police;be sun safe by slipping on some protective clothing, slopping on some sunscreen, slapping on a hat, slidingon a pair of sunglasses, seekingsome shade and sipping on lots of water to stay hydrated.

For information about patrol times, weather, and beach locations visit the Beachsafe Website or download the app.

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Ararat takes top spot with big win at home

BACKSWING: Ararat’s Genevieve Bush prepares for a forehand return during her match against Crowlands on Saturday. Picture: Peter PickeringArarat has jumped into top spot after it defeated Crowlands by 21 games in round nine of the Ararat and District Tennis Association in Ararat on Saturday.
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The home team only dropped four sets on its way to the 89 to 68 game win.

The men’s doubles was a one-sided affair with Ararat winning all four sets.

Crowlands could only manage 13 games from the four sets with Doug Newbury and Steve Jardine top-scoring with four games in their set against Alex Drosg and Kaiden Walton.

Claire Harrick and Genevieve Bush won the first set in the women’s doubles 9-1 to continue Ararat’s dominance.

The visitors clicked into gear after that and took the remaining three sets win 28-19 andforce the issue into the deciding mixed doubles match-ups.

The first set went to Ararat before Keith Boatman and Kate Vance got the quick reply with a 9-7 win in the second set to level the set scores.

Ararat won the third set beforeSonny Walton and Kayla Stuchbree won the final set 9-6 to give Ararat the overall win and the top spot.

The win moves Ararat six points clear of Crowlands at the top of the ladder going into the Christmas break with 80 points and a substantial sets and games advantage.

Landsborough continued its winning form after it recorded a 92-65 win against Elmhurst on Friday night.

The home side got off to a strong start winning all four men’s doubles sets.

Elmhurst struggled to get going early with Neil Murray and Jenny Trengove getting the closest to a win with a 7-9 loss in the final set.

The women’s doubles was when Elmhurst made its move.

Sally Roberts and Mel Murnane got Elmhurst on the winners list straight away with a 9-1 win before Simone Bullock and Tayla Lembo struck back for Landsborough to level it at one set a piece.

Elmhurst continued to play attacking strokes and picked up the remaining two sets to go into the mixed doubles only two sets down.

Landsborough’s Scott Carey and Jess Mackley won the first mixed doubles set by just a single game against Mal Boatman and Roberts.

From there the home team ran away with the match after winning the remaining three sets to win the mixed doubles 36 games to 22.

The home side collected eight points from the match and has moved to within six points of Buangor in fourth place.

Buangor had a bye in round nine to finish their year early.

Players will now take a break over the holiday period.

The Ararat and District Tennis Association will resume on January 28.

Crowlands will host Landsborough while Buangor travels to Elmhurst.

Ararat will have an extended break due to having a bye.

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Merimbula’s community updates

Merimbula’s community updates Barbara Leech and Coralie Frew preparing cakes ready for the accredited CWA judge Barbara Smith, in red apron, showing the members how to avoid some of the pitfalls we all encountered in the making of these very tasty cakes.
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Anna Senior with a photo of costumes she designed for the movie “Phar Lap”.

Members of the Pambula-Merimbula Lions Club working very hard to bring locals and visitors a great sausage sandwich, Carole Criddle, Caryl Phillips, Lyn Matthews and Maureen Stokes.

TweetFacebookParkinson GroupThe Bega Valley Parkinson Support Group had a wonderful outing for their Xmas party held in the Dolphin room at Club Sapphire. 28 members of the group really enjoyed themselves by the amount of smiles around the room. Two new members were introduced by the President and they were welcomed by the other members. The next meeting will be held on February 6.

Lions ClubThe Lions Club of Pambula-Merimbula ran a sausage sizzle outside Woolworths, Merimbula on Saturday, December 13to raise money for Lions Projects. But Lions is much more than just a sausage sizzle, also on sale were 1.5kg Lions Christmas Cakes, which are still for sale in many local businesses.

Tickets in the giant Christmas raffle were offered and the prize of a garden trolley kindly donated by Mitre 10 is packed full with Christmas goodies, food and toys. The raffle will be drawn at Carols by Candlelight at Magic Mountainon Friday.

Rotary RadioThis Friday morning on Sapphire FM 97.5 we have a packed program that includes:

At 845 Gav and Col walking you through the community issues; Vicki Hambling and Lynne Kidman join Colin at 9am to discuss issues around refugee education; at 10am Janet Brandon, well known local community leader, joins the show to discuss her career including being anAustralian consul in the Pacific; and then at 11amRon Finneran discusses the regional sports arts support program and plays some of his favourite classical (and other) music!

CWACongratulations to all the winners at the Pambula-Merimbula branch of the Country Women’s Associations’ November Land Cookery Competition. Ursula Viebcke had three first places and asecond, Elizabeth Prosser onefirst place and twoseconds, Alison Jenkins one first place and onesecond, Laraine Clarke one first and one second, Barbara Leech had one first place and Wendy Cugley one second place.

The CWA also held their final meeting of the year followed by a delicious Christmas luncheon on Friday, December 6.We would like to wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year to one and all, and we look forward to seeing everyone next February 2017.

Evening VIEWRecent Guest Speaker for the Merimbula Evening VIEW Club was Anna Senior. Anna is an Australian costume designer who has been nominated for an Academy Award and has won two awards from the Australian Film Institute. She was nominated at the 53rd Academy Awards in the category of Best Costumes for her work on the film “My Brilliant Career”. Anna lives in the shire, but still assists interstate and abroad as she loves what she does.

Christmas Cheer: The Pambula-Merimbula branch of the CWA celebrated the end of another successful year with a delicious Christmas lunch on Friday, December 9.

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