#Merimbula, how we look on Instagram: Photos

#Merimbula, how we look on Instagram: Photos @mad_wil95 Today was funky fresh 🍃🐞🚣 #canoedling #adventures ##nature #greatoutdoors #nofilterneeded #butiusedoneanyway #merimbula @ellie.williams7
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@stefaniiaferraro The lone boat. #merimbula #australia #boardwalk #lonely #butHappyItSeems

@cjmcvic Always hate leaving this place, although the weather this morning is making it a tiny bit easier #Merimbula #secondhome

@wheelersseafoodrestaurant Wheeler’s invites you to have a fresh look at our cafe and takeaway #myfavouritemodel #mydaughter #diningoutwithkids #familyfishandchips #easyparking #whygoanywhereelse #icecreams #milkshakes #espressocoffee #wheelersseafoodrestaurant #fresh #favourite #sapphirecoast #merimbula #merimbulavic #pambula #southcoast #seafood #soyummy #kidspot

@shenaelaura_ Not a bad view. #merimbula #beach #bliss #view #ocean #trees #cloudy #bluesky #summer #drives #windy #beautiful


@thelittlebouquet#” title=”@bibbenluke Custom order for a wood land terrarium,I made the little toadstools from sculpey and then painted them#moss #toadstools#terrarium #tillandsia #lichen#handmade #thelittlebouquet” target=”_blank”>@thelittlebouquet#” width=”640″ height=”360″ itemprop=”image”>@bibbenluke Custom order for a wood land terrarium,I made the little toadstools from sculpey and then painted them#moss #toadstools#terrarium #tillandsia #lichen#handmade #thelittlebouquet” target=”_blank”>@thelittlebouquet#

@callum_randell Why did the mini-golfer wear two pairs of pants? Incase he got a hole-in-one! #merimbula #flashbacks #minigolfing #withrandomcanadianguy #misstheseguys @teej_neighbour @bradcollins12 @littlephillips

@sapphirecoastnsw You can see where the name comes from! Brilliant shades of #sapphire at #Tathra by @liamrobertsoncollectif made us want to dive in. Famous for its #shore front, #steamerwharf, #mountainbike trails and #unspoilt #coast, it’s just 20 minutes from #bega, #bermagui and #merimbula

@max_dunker #weltreise#tag120#merimbula#känguru#australia

@chipforcharity Do yourself a huge favour, play golf at Tura Beach Country Club. Your only regret will be not staying longer! #golf #merimbula #tura #beach #summer #turabeach

@jameshughes_ Today I went to the beach in a jumper. Yesterday I got caught in a rip and had to get saved by a lifesaver! #merimbula #sendkenthome #ihavearangasister

@aleka182 First stop on our spontaneous road trip- #merimbula. #roadtrip #nswcoast #summerfun

@katie_lauren_ Peaceful 🌊⛅️😌 #merimbula

@dragonrelle #beach, #newsouthwales, #merimbula, #seagull

@dragonrelle #beach, #newsouthwales, #merimbula, #dog.

@dragonrelle #beach, #newsouthwales, #merimbula, #photograph, #bestshot, #takingpictures

@dragonrelle #beach, #newsouthwales, #merimbula, #loungechair, #bestview.

@shgreen111 Some day 3 highlights from yesterday’s trip down the Sapphire Coast. #sapphirecoast #nsw #roadtrippin #beachesfromheaven #merimbula #pambula #gorgeous

@sharpy83 Fishermen of Merimbula #Merimbula #southcoast

@stormpeachey #merimbula #familyday #rainyweather

@devriddle I love a sunburnt country. I am also sunburnt which explains the inappropriate attire 🌞🌅😎 #australia #merimbula #somuchsun #edmfamily // 📷 @crisp_jose

@angelicavrso Shucking 5 dozen, fresh oysters #Merimbula #Oysters #oysteraddict

@denwooduck Kookaburra at Merimbula – Nov 2014 #kookaburra #merimbula #bird

@sam_hawk Sunrise over Sea || Bournda #southcoastpurity #sapphirecoast #merimbula

@brookesarah_tomlinson Wouldn’t mind going back right about now. Missing the little man that belongs to this tiny footprint. 👣 #nephew #merimbula #beach #blackandwhite #holidays #sand #footprints #nephewandaunty

@liamnicholls1 #merimbula

@leeshlouise11 Interesting finds on our walkies this morning! #deep #merimbula

@turagan More reflections at Sunset.

@sjsheridan #merimbula #fishing

@sjsheridan He’s not happy because the fish won’t get on his hook! #3yofishing #doesntunderstand #neitherdoi #merimbula

@mattthornton44 #merimbula#takemebackthere

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Wildcats make strides during season

IMPACT: Stawell Wildcats men’s coach Ben Leslie said a healthy Jarred Ohayon would make a big difference to the team next season. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERTHE Country BasketballLeague season is officially overfor the Stawell Wildcats.
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The association’s womenteam lost to the WarrnamboolMermaids 69-45 and the menlost to the Warrnambool Seahawks103-72 on Saturdaynight at the Stawell LeisureComplex.

Neither team plays in thelast round of the competitionbefore finals.

While wins have been fewand far between for the Wildcats,this season represented abig milestone for the association.

The men’s 87-46 win againstthe Timboon Taipans in roundthree was their first victory inleague competition.

Stawell earned a follow-upwin against the Taipans inround nine.

There were also competitiveperformances throughout theyear including a 16-point lossto Warrnambool in round oneand a 14-point loss to Terangin round 13.

The Wildcats’ women, in thesecond year of existence as ateam, did not win a game butwere also more competitivethan last season.

The team faced some stiffcompetition but nearly grabbedits maiden win againstPortland in round eight, goingdown 53-50.

Wildcats women’scoachRhiannon Davis said her teamhad made big strides in theright direction, despite its winlessseason.

‘‘In the end we might nothave got a win on the boardbut we were competitive forthe majority of our games,’’she said.

Davis said Grace Bibby hadstepped up to become theWildcats’ leading scorer whileErin Freeland and Tracey Darkwere among the side’s bigimprovers.

Men’s coach Ben Leslie said his team could improve further.

“It was fantastic getting the monkey off the back with a win, but I thought we could have won one or two other games,” he said.

“We were competitive against teams like Terang, so next year we have to start beating those teams.

“Having Jarred Ohayon healthy for next season will be good because he was dealing with a knee injury this year.”

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Derek’s the man

Derek Blackwell of Naracoorte has been named the town s citizen of the year.NARACOORTE’S Derek Blackwell has been recognised for his hard work and commitment to the local community by being named the town’s citizen of the year.
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Since arriving in the town in 1986, Mr Blackwell has worked tirelessly within community groups in Naracoorte for almost 30 years and will be honoured for his devotion to the area at the Australia Day ceremony in the Naracoorte town squares on Monday morning.

Mr Blackwell was taken aback when Naracoorte Lucindale mayor Erika Vickery notified him of his award.

“It was quite surprising,” he said. “I wasn’t expecting it at all, no one really expects it I guess.

“I thought it was a joke when Erika rang me.”

The well-known local has been heavily involved in the community over the years, including leading the Naracoorte South Primary School as principal for 18-and-a-half years, which he thoroughly enjoyed.

“I had a lot to do with the South school community in particular,” he said.

Mr Blackwell has been associated with the Naracoorte Lions Club for a commendable 18 years as well, and is the current president.

During his time with the Lions he has held several positions such as secretary, board member as well as vice-president.

“To become a Lions club president you must work your way up, it’s a four year journey as a vice,” he explained.

Mr Blackwell’s ties within the community don’t stop there – he has also been heavily involved with the National Trust of Australia.

“I’ve been involved with the National Trust for over 12 years,” he said. “I was president of the National Trust for 11 years and have recently stood down because of other commitments.”

The Naracoorte local has also helped the Taste the Limestone Coast Festival come to fruition over the years, being heavily involved with the committee since the festival started back in 2001.

Mr Blackwell has been the chair of the festival’s committee for the past four years.

As well as his other roles within the community, Mr Blackwell is well-known for being the MC at large community events such as the Christmas Pageant, Naracoorte Singers’ events, Christmas carols and what used to be known as “Bethlehem comes to Naracoorte” during the festive season.

“I’ve been happy to do all sorts for the community,” he said.

“Basically people who want help and assistance with that sort of thing (MC at events).”

Mr Blackwell is not sure but believes a group of local Lions members, led by Bob Tidy, nominated him for the award.

“I’m very humbled that they thought I was worth nominating,” he said. “I was very surprised as there are many others in the community that are as worthy as I am.

“A country community is all about volunteers.”

Mr Blackwell said he will be spending the morning of Australia Day at the ceremony in the town squares, but plans to enjoy a barbecue lunch with his family afterwards.

The Independent Learning Centre students will be officially recognised as Naracoorte’s Young Citizens of the Year while Welly’s Poker Run will be named Naracoorte’s Event of the Year at the Australia Day ceremony.

Celebrations in Naracoorte will start at 7am with breakfast supplied by local service clubs (for a donation of $5), and entertainment starts from 7.35am before the official ceremony at 7.55am.

Australia Day Ambassador Rima Chahoud will be the guest speaker on Australia Day.

Ms Chahoud is a mental health activist who has developed specialist resources in suicide awareness training for mental health workers.

Lucindale Citizen of the Year

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Lucindale’s top citizen

Community contributor Eve Rayner is Lucindale s citizen of the year for 2015.
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LUCINDALE’S Eve Rayner has been rewarded for all her voluntary work and goodwill over the years by being named the town’s citizen of the year.

Since her arrival in Lucindale in 1975 from Prospect Hill, Eve has dedicated much of her time to local service clubs in the community.

Eve has been quite involved with Lucindale Lions Club over the years, due to her husband Trevor Rayner’s connections to the club.

From lending a hand at fundraisers, helping with the annual SE Field Days, to driving the Lucindale Lions Club bus, Eve said she liked giving her time as a volunteer in the community.

“I drove the Lucindale Lions Club bus around for six years,” she said. “I really liked that, we would go to Naracoorte every other week for a social lunch or something.”

Eve has also been associated with the Lucindale Karting Club since it was established near her home on Naracoorte Rd around 31 years ago, playing a part on the very first committee.

She has been helping with karting club events ever since, doing tasks such as lap scoring.

“I’ve done it (lap scoring), ever since (the club) started,” she said.

Eve also plays lawn bowls and has contributed much of her time to the Lucindale Bowling Club over the years.

She is the current secretary.

As well as all of her voluntary work within the regional area, Eve also helps run the long-established business We Us An Co Transport with her family.

When Eve received the news that she was Lucindale citizen of the year, she was very surprised as she was not expecting it at all.

“There are many other people in the community that deserve it,” she said.

In saying that though, Eve said she was very “thankful” and felt “quite honoured” when she found out that she was the recipient.

“It was very nice of them (the nominator),” she said. “I’d like to thank them for thinking of me.”

After Eve attends the offical Australia Day ceremony in Lucindale, she plans to catch up with a couple of friends from Beachport and other volunteer friends over dinner at her home.

Tim Williams has been named Lucindale’s Young Citizen of the Year and the Yakka Park Music Festival will be awarded Lucindale’s Event of the Year at the Lucindale Australia Day ceremony on Monday morning.

Celebrations in Lucindale start at 11am in the garden near the rotunda and the official ceremony will be followed by a barbecue lunch for the community.

Naracoorte Citizen of the Year

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Free health checks for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander children

Nullah Clapham enjoys activities as part of the 2014 Delkaia Ready For Learning day. Picture: BELINDA ELLIOTTFREE health checks for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children will be available during a day of activities at Horsham Aquatic Centre on Thursday.
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The Ready for Learning day focuses on children’s health ahead of the start of the school year.

Wimmera Uniting Care Delkaia Aboriginal best start program facilitator Tracey Rigney said the day was a chance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to undergo a range of health checks.

‘‘We also ensure lots of fun is had on the day, so each child is given a ‘passport’ they need to have stamped at each screening activity, which guarantees a free entry to the pool and water activities at the Horsham Aquatic Centre,’’ she said.

Aside from a range of health checks there will be games, water activities, art and craft activities, haircuts and information stalls from a range of Wimmera organisations.

Ms Rigney said the day would provide important information to parents and carers about education and health.

She said early intervention programs had been developed in response to overwhelming data about indigenous children, education and health.

‘‘We need to invest in our children in these crucial early years because by the time they are nine to 12 years of age, they have made up their minds about what they think of school, what they think of health and what they think of social activities such as sport,’’ she said.

‘‘In some of them – not all – a wall starts to rise and it’s hard to break through that to help guide them towards making better choices about education, health and well-being.’’

She said Ready for Learning would be at the Horsham Aquatic Centre from noon on Thursday.

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