Great Narooma Australia Day Duck Race, Keeping in Touch

KEEPING IN TOUCH

One thousand Rotary ducks are busy finalising preparations for the Great Narooma Australia Day Duck Race.

Race coordinator Charmaine White said the 1,000 ducks will be dropped off Narooma Bridge at 10am on Tuesday, January 26.

One thousand ducks dive off Narooma Bridge at the start of the 2019 Rotary Australia Day Duck Race - some were reluctant to get wet.

One thousand ducks dive off Narooma Bridge at the start of the 2019 Rotary Australia Day Duck Race - some were reluctant to get wet.

"'We're hoping for perfect weather, good crowds and a quick race downstream to the Apex Park finish line," she said.

"The last Rotary race held was on Australia Day in 2019, last year's one being cancelled because of the bushfires, so they're rearing to go."

The holder of the ticket corresponding to the number of the first plastic duck across the finishing line wins $1,000 and the last duck $100.

All 1,000 tickets in the race are already sold thanks to some earnest ticket sellers and the terrific community support for this event.

Proceeds will go towards local charities including Narooma Surf Club who help us collect the ducks and to Bermagui CRABS (Cancer Research Advocate Bikers) who lend us the ducks.

Busy Vinnies

Vinnies Narooma has been having a busy January. Lots of visitors to the area are taking the opportunity to come, browse and buy the quality donated items displayed in the centre. It's a wonderful boost to the funds that will now be available for those in need in the community.

Unfortunately a lot of unusable items (car batteries, broken toys and furniture et cetera), have been placed in or next to the donation bins. Vinnies loves your donations but we are unable to recycle unsaleable goods. This time of year the centre is in need of all swimwear, towels and men's boardies. It would be great to have these items donated.

Bermi Car Boot Sale

There is a Car Boot Sale at Bermagui on Saturday, February 6 in the Bermagui Country Club car park from 8am to 1pm. Stalls are $20. Pay at the club or call 6493 4340. Stall setup is from 7am.

Narooma View Club

The Narooma View Club is holding its first meeting for the year, the annual breakfast meeting held at Casey's Café this Friday, January 22 at 8.30am. Looking forward to seeing everyone there. For more information phone Glen on 4476 7058.

Photo Club

SHOWING BACKBONE: This eastern spinebill demonstrates its skills for Eurobodalla Photographic Club member Phil Warburton.

SHOWING BACKBONE: This eastern spinebill demonstrates its skills for Eurobodalla Photographic Club member Phil Warburton.

Our first meeting of 2021 starts on 26 January with a talk on high speed photography. In addition there is an open competition judged by a professional photographer.

Throughout this year we have several professional photographers scheduled to judge our competitions and to give us talks on various subjects including portraiture and wildlife.

Some of our own experienced members will also give talks and instructional sessions on various aspects and techniques of photography.

Later in the year, Len Metcalf, a professional photographer and tutor will be running a weekend workshop to be held at the Regional Botanic Gardens.

During the course of 2021 we will be undertaking a major portraiture exercise of Eurobodalla volunteers and we have been given a significant grant by the Shire Council to support this project. We are pleased to be working with them on an exhibition to be held later this year.

We have other activities and excursions planned (weather and COVID permitting), so it's going to be an interesting 2021 for our club members.

Visitors are very welcome so if you are interested please come along and talk to us or check out our website www.eurobodallaphotographicclub.org

Enviro news

Good sort: Helen Ransom, Jane Enright and Robyn Casey sort litter into categories before recording the information in the Australian Marine Debris Database.

Good sort: Helen Ransom, Jane Enright and Robyn Casey sort litter into categories before recording the information in the Australian Marine Debris Database.

Summer low tides present the perfect opportunity to see marine life up close in exposed rock pools and on wide open sand flats.

But it's not just marine treasures that come to light - there's plenty of trash too.

Recently, Landcare volunteers joined with the Eurobodalla Marine Debris Working Group to scour the mangroves along the north bank of the Moruya River.

Eurobodalla Council's environmental education officer Bernadette Davis said extreme low tides provided an opportunity to get into usually hard to reach areas.

"We had quite a few storm and flood events during 2020, with street litter washing into the river system," Ms Davis said.

"Apart from being unsightly - who wants to live in a tip - some of that litter can cause damage or even kill marine animals and birds.

"That's why it is so important to determine where the litter comes from - then we can stop it at the source."

The volunteers removed over 25 kilograms of trash, which included 21 beer bottles, 24 plastic drink bottles and 25 aluminium cans.

They recorded all on the Australian Marine Debris Database, thanks to a handy phone app. To download visit the Marine Debris Working Group page on the council's website.

Holidaymakers are encouraged to download the app and take part.

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