Merimbula’s community notices

Jess Ryan sponsorship and marketing manager from Sapphire Coast Turf Club hands over a cheque to Eden Chamber of Commerce president Jenny Robb.
Jess Ryan sponsorship and marketing manager from Sapphire Coast Turf Club hands over a cheque to Eden Chamber of Commerce president Jenny Robb.

Turf club donation

Matthew Wright, Joshua Shoobridge, Ben Parker and Sam Parker.

Matthew Wright, Joshua Shoobridge, Ben Parker and Sam Parker.

Eden’s Christmas in Imlay celebrations have received a heathly injection of funds thanks to the Sapphire Coast Turf Club. 

Belle the 3 1/2 years old Blue Cattle dog.

Belle the 3 1/2 years old Blue Cattle dog.

Over 500 people attended the Eden Fishermen’s Club Christmas in July Race Day which was organised in conjunction with a canned food drive for Oz Harvest. The fun day out also featured a Christmas lunch in which funds raised would go Eden’s much loved festive fair. 

In total $240 was raised through the Christmas Lunch which was donated to Eden Chamber of Commerce president Jenny Robb earlier this week. Jess Ryan from the Turf Club said they are proud to support this fundraiser and give back to the Eden Community.

“We would like to thank everyone for the support on the day,” Ms Ryan said.  

Rotary Local Heroes

At 8.30am this Friday Gav and Col will fill you in on all the local happenings, via the News Weekly. Charlie Shepherd will join them to talk all things footy, ahead of Colin's first guest, Andy Willis, who is a whizz at working from anywhere! Lisa Williams follows at 10am. Lisa is the Eden district SES manager, among other things. At 11am, Rotarian and world traveller, Janet Maughan is Colin's guest. Tune in to 97.5 Sapphire FM from 8:30am every Friday for great conversation and music.


The Canberra Stake President, President O'Grady and his counselor President Matthew Moir visited the Merimbula branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Sunday, 3rd of September.

President Matthew Wright was released from his position after seven and a half years of service. His counselor brother Joshua Shoobridge was also released. Brother Benjamin Parker was called to the position of branch president, with Joshua Shoobridge as first counselor and Samuel Parker as second counselor. All positions in the church are voluntary. 

Sacrament service is every Sunday, 10am at 27 Merimbula Drive, Merimbula. All are welcome. The church also has a free Family History Centre that has operated for the past nineteen years. Open every Wednesday, 10am to 3pm. All welcome. Let us help you trace your family tree! The ladies have also formed a sewing circle attached to a world wide charity known as 'Days for Girls' at present working on a project for girls in New Guinea. You don't have to be able to sew, there are plenty of other jobs to do or just come and socialise. We meet on this project every second Monday of the month 10am to 2pm. Anyone interested in joining us on this project is welcome. Just come along!


Our next Aglow meeting promises to be a delightful one as we welcome the Wyndham Singers with a program of sacred music themed, “Remember your Great Creator” and a special encouragement message brought to us by Lyn Scrymgeour. Join us for morning tea, beautiful music and a time of friendship and connection. Aglow International is a nondenominational worldwide Christian organisation and all are welcome. Join at 10am on Thursday, October 5 at the Merimbula RSL. Entry is $7. For more information call Alice Elton 6495 0179.

School holiday library fun

Bega Valley Shire Library is offering a varied and full program of activities for the September school holidays aimed at all ages, from pre-schoolers to teenagers. Programs and Partnerships Officer, Scott Baker said all libraries plan their activities for maximum appeal and interaction as well as aiming to cover all ages.

“We include hands-on crafts and also offer technology creations such as digital art, photography and electronic music-making,” he said.

Activities include making kites, crafting mandalas and learning about this Indian custom, constructing a hanging weather mobile and creating a mini-terrarium. To book into school holiday activities, please go online to or contact your local library. Normal Storytime and Rhyme Time sessions will continue through the holidays and do not require bookings.

Pet of the Week

Belle the 31/2 years old Blue Cattle dog has been living with a family with small children in an urban situation but needs a family more able to give her the exercise and stimulation that wording breeds need. If you are able to dedicate time and energy to keep Belle active mentally and physically then please call the adoption enquiries line on 0400372609. Enquiries about other dogs available through Animal Welfare League NSW Far South Coast Volunteer Branch can be made through the enquiries line or viewed on their Facebook page. 

Call Sapphire Coast Branch of RSPCA on 0419267799 if you are interested in adopting a cat and kitten available through the branch. Expressions of interest are being taken for kittens that will be available in a few weeks time.

Adoption fees are subsidized and all are de-sexed, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and vet checked before adoption. 

Is your garden safe?

Spring is here so now is the time to research whether your garden is safe for your pets. Many poisonous plants, if consumed, can have serious consequences for your pets.

For example the “Yesterday today and tomorrow plant” Brunsfelsia is a very dangerous plant for dogs (especially puppies) and if eaten, the plant, especially the fruit which comes after flowering, they may die. Liliums are toxic to cats especially, and all parts of the plants are poisonous – bulbs, leaves, flowers. This includes the cut flowers you buy from the florist as well as the garden plants. Snail and slug baits and rat and mice baits are another threat to pets. Try using different methods of controlling these pests. Certain mulches and fertilizers can cause serious sideeffects if ingested.

Gamer Dev Jam 

After last year’s success, Gamer Dev Jam is back. It’s a weekend of fun filled exploration of tech as creative and artistic expression.

Last year the IntoIT Sapphire Coast community group brought you Gamer Dev Jam. It was a fantastic event during which 50+ participants enjoyed two days of fun and engaging activities centred around computer game creation. There were Virtual Reality games, Ableton electronic music controllers, NAO robots, and who could forget meeting Hex from Good Game.

This year it is on again October 7-8 at the Bega Valley Regional Learning Centre in Merimbula.

The event focuses on the creation of a game prototype and is loosely competitive. This does not mean that participants are required to know how to make a game. Games are made in teams and there are a variety of ways participants can contribute. Teams benefit greatly from having artists, writers, entrepreneurs, sound effects and music creators, and programmers all contributing. For novices and complete beginners there will be many mentors, with a range of skills on hand to help out and insure that there will be something to show at the end of the weekend.

If you have an idea for a game, some applicable skills that you would like to share or build on, are interested in the process of game creation, or just want to have a fun, get your tickets now at  For information contact Chris Bateman at

Ocean outfall working group needed

Council will be looking for 10 people to form part of a working group on the Merimbula ocean outfall project.

The group is seen as integral to effective community engagement during the EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) and concept design phases for the project which is likely to run to $35 million.

Council said the community working group would support the community engagement process and ultimately construction of the necessary infrastructure.

The group will be made up of a group of people representative of the impacted community.

The group will meet approximately five times, once design options are confirmed and they will meet together until they confirm a preferred design option. 

They will work through a design and assessment criteria analysis process whereby they will actively participate in identifying the problem, prioritising issues, developing the assessment criteria and analysing the proposed project solutions developed by the project team by applying the assessment criteria.

Selection of the 10 working group members will be based on formal expressions of interest who will be chosen by a panel consisting of the infrastructure committee chair, general manager and manager water and sewerage services.