Community notices

Pambula-Merimbula CWA members enjoying a very successful walk at Panboola Wetlands recently as part of the ACWW Women Walk the World day.
Pambula-Merimbula CWA members enjoying a very successful walk at Panboola Wetlands recently as part of the ACWW Women Walk the World day.


VIEW birthdays Lynette Carter, Janet Heatley, Del Ussher, Shirley Sunderland.

VIEW birthdays Lynette Carter, Janet Heatley, Del Ussher, Shirley Sunderland.

Helen Kuriger from Meals on Wheels was guest speaker at the last meeting of Merimbula Day VIEW Club. Helen gave a very informative talk on what Meals on Wheels offers in addition to providing meals. The next meeting will be held on Friday, May 12 at 11.30 am for lunch at 12 noon and the venue is Merimbula RSL Club. Bookings or cancellations can be made by ringing Iris Ballard by Wednesday, May 10 on 0448840752.

Ozzie is a gorgeous male Boxer X that is looking for a home through the AWL.

Ozzie is a gorgeous male Boxer X that is looking for a home through the AWL.

This month we will be discussing the resolutions which will be debated at the National Convention in Tamworth in September. These resolutions are the way the Voice of VIEW is heard.

The next “Brunch at the Airport” will be on Thursday, May 18 at 11.30 am. Please RSVP to Meryll Davey on 64956509.

Any ladies who are looking for friendship, fun and hearing interesting guest speakers while supporting the work of The Smith Family assisting disadvantaged Australian children make the most of their education, will be made most welcome.

On Friday, May 19 the annual Zone Conference for members of the five clubs in Zone NG03 will be held at Club Sapphire and all club members are encouraged to attend this function which is a great opportunity to meet members of each club and to learn more about the work of VIEW and The Smith Family. The starting time is 10 am for 10.30 am with the cost of $20 including morning tea and lunch.

Merimbula Arts Group

The May meeting of the Merimbula Arts Group will take place at the Merimbula RSL on Saturday May 13 starting at 2pm. Guest speaker, local artist Lyza Morrison of Pambula will give a demonstration on the art of acrylic painting. Members and guests welcome. Please note that there will be no meeting for June due to the Merimbula Jazz Festival.

Pambula Merimbula CWA

A very successful walk was held at Panboola Wetlands for ACWW Women Walk the World, and all these ladies enjoyed the beautiful scenery and these Felted “Water Birds”on display.

Members and friends are also enjoying the First Friday of the month Workshops, and the last Friday of the month coffee mornings at Oaklands.

This month the Pambula-Merimbula branch of the Country Women’s Association monthly meeting will be held one week earlier, due to the CWA of NSW State Conference. Meeting will be held at the CWA hall at 24 Toalla Street, Pambula on Friday, May 12 at 9.30am, we will then car pool out to Potaroo Palace where we hope to see our fauna study for this year, a Quoll, lunch will be available there.

Rotary radio

Tune into your community radio station, Sapphire FM 97.5 for Rotary Local Heroes on Friday mornings. At 8.30 with Gav and Col’s take on what is going on locally. A bit of fun and frolic to genie the morning.  This week enjoy a sneak peak at Spectrum Theatre's latest production, Sordid Lives, with some of the cast and the play's director, ahead of opening night, Saturday 20th. Break a Leg! Later, rock on with Colin's next guest, local musician and music producer, Dave Sparks. Dave will tell us about his 30+ year career in the music industry, including how he came to build his own recording studio, and create an independent record label.

Marine Science Forum

Marine Extremes: From the beach to the deep is the theme for this year’s Marine Science Forum at the Merimbula RSL Club on Saturday and Sunday June 3 and 4. 

Join us for a weekend of fun and learning with scientists from across Australia. The speakers will be sharing their unique experiences working with extreme environments ranging from Antarctic colds to volcanic depths.

The weekend features five scientists presenting their research and includes an outdoor excursion to get hands-on with science and then a night out with the forum dinner on the Saturday night.

The 2017 speakers are: Matthew McArthur – freelance ecologist and marine science educator; Dr Maria Byrne – Professor of Marine Biology, University of Sydney; Mr Nathan Janetzki – PhD candidate, Flinders University; Dr John W. Runcie – Honorary Research Associate, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Sydney and Dr Iain Suthers – University of New South Wales and Sydney Institute of Marine Science. 

Out and Proud in Bega

International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) event to be held Bega. Bega Women’s Resource Centre has partnered with ACON and Ability Links NSW to provide a film screening from recent Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival to celebrate this important cultural day. The fun LGBTI Film Night will be at Funhouse Studio on Saturday, May 20, starting at 4pm. The film Grandma (M) was screened recently at  theSydney LGBTI Film Festival. There will also be two short films. Food will be available. All are welcome. Entry is by donation. All proceeds go to Bega Women’s Resource Centre Appeal


The next meeting of the Sassy Sapphires, the local chapter of the Red Hat Society will be held at Club Sapphire, Merimbula on Thursday, May 11 at 10am. All ladies from 50 to whatever are welcome to join us. No joining fee, no fundraising, $2 per meeting for expenses. Just a sense of humour and liking for purple clothing with a red hat is required. If you would like to join us to learn more meet in the foyer of Club Sapphire at 10am Thursday.

Genealogy Society

Bega Valley Genealogy Society’s annual seminar is on May 27. Sessions include interpreting DNA results, and land and property records. 

RSPCA Million Paws Walk 

Members of the Sapphire Coast Branch, RSPCA NSW are busy planning the local Million Paws Walk to be held on Sunday, May 21.  The walk will commence in Rotary Park, Merimbula at 10am, proceed to the bridge and return along the lake. Register at There are still many adult cats and kittens needing permanent homes  – all enquiries to 0419 267 799.

PET of the Week

OZZIE is a gorgeous male Boxer X born on May 22, 2016. He is still young and puppy like, very playful and full of energy. Ozzie enjoys playing with other dogs and still needs a lot of training and dog obedience classes are recommended.

At the moment he is probably too bouncy and boisterous for children under 10 years but his happy fun-loving temperament, typical of boxers, will suit couples or families with older children. Enquiries about Ozzie and the other dogs available from Far South Coast branch of Animal Welfare League NSW to 0400372609,). for details.

Dogs and cats adopted through either AWLNSW or RSPCA have all the essential veterinary work done before adoption so that hard work is taken care of. Become a member for only $30 a year ($15 for concession card holders) so you can help us help the animals in our Shire. Email or call 0400372609. 

The temperature has dropped dramatically in the past few weeks so please avoid leaving your pets outside but if you do need to take them outside, a coat is a good idea. As keeping warm depletes energy, they will need more food and they of course still need fresh water.

Intergenerational playroom 

An exciting collaboration between local resident, Hayley Reynolds and local libraries has created the region’s first Intergenerational Playroom based at Tura Marrang Library.

Programs and Partnerships Officer, Scott Baker said that The Playroom at Tura is for pre-schoolers and their parents/caregivers, and local elderly residents and their caregivers to share some time together with a range of activities, such as craft, games and stories.

They are looking for people to be involved, in particular seniors over 70 who might be struggling socially or have limited mobility as well as parents with children aged 2-6 years.

Hayley Reynolds is a local qualified Early Childhood Educator with experience in diversional therapy and will facilitate the Playroom. She will design activities that can be adapted to suit different ability levels.

The Intergenerational Playroom sessions will be held at Tura Marrang library on Thursday, May, June 15 and July 13, from 9.30am. The Playroom program is free but places are limited. To book or for more call 6499 2340.