Vale Visitor Centres: Letters to the editor

Visitor Information Centres

It is all very well for the council to say visitors can go online - pity our internet services are crap in Narooma, for a start.

Then look at the generation of people who are on the road now; they are called Baby Boomers. They are old fashioned and use visitor centers in towns, so its a very bad move to close the centers.

David Clark, Narooma

As a seasonal traveler, the visitor centres are vital to tourists. Not all information is provided on websites, which is why we fill in the gap. Narooma's has a parking space for vans, buses and delivery trucks, toilets and an enclosed park for pets. Enquiries about the safety of bush walking or camping in the National Park are often answered. Bushfires is another one. The center can train local gap-year students in customer service, administration, computer work, handling phone calls and presenting local products. My travels mean I go to these centers to get information unavailable online.

Viv Bowe, Narooma

Open letter to Health Minister Greg Hunt

My wife and I are highly vunerable to COVID. My wife has a compromised immune system due to B cell follicular lymphoma. I am an asthmatic. We in our 70s

We are deeply grateful for your endeavours to keep us out of harm's way and to acquire the vaccines.

We are, however, concerned about the different effectiveness of the American and English vaccine - 95 per cent versus 62 per cent. We want the most effective and we will pay for it and travel to get it. Please advise us how we can access the vaccine.

Ron and Tralee Snape


'Definitely not giving up'

The Eurobodalla District Show Society is holding Save Our Show - SOS - on the weekend of January 23 and 24.

Our normal agricultural show has had to be changed because of COVID rules. There will be no indoor events, which means all the Pavilion entries have had to be cancelled.

The rules mean that there can only be 40 people inside at any one time and they must move in the one direction. We don't have enough volunteer workers to control this over two days. However, we can have a larger crowd outdoors. Entry is free (we hope for some donations at the gate!)

The horse events are in the ring over both days and there are more than100 entries for the Campdraft Cut Out Competition on Saturday evening.

The Poultry Show will be held on Saturday and the Animal Nursery will be in place in the new Emergency Animal Shelter. The Pet Show will be held at 2.00pm. There will be food at the Canteen (lunch and evening meal on Saturday; lunch Sunday) and a coffee van and ice-cream van. CWA members will sell lots of cakes. Side shows will operate and there will be a jumping castle on Sunday. We plan competitions and fun events for children on both days.

The band The Shack Shakers will perform on Saturday from 6pm. Graeme Scobie will provide great music on Sunday. The Antique Tractor Club and The Vintage Car Club are coming. On Sunday , the main event is the Car Boot sale and market stalls. There is a $15 fee for cars and stalls.

We hope to see a large crowd as we need support. The show was cancelled at the last minute in January 2020 because of the bushfires, and now we are working out how to run it with COVID. We are definitely not giving up!

Eurobodalla District Show committee

Disappointing end to beach visit

My son and his friends went to Narooma Bar beach south, where the shark nets are, for a swim at 1.30pm on Sunday, January 17. They were swimming until 4pm and came back to find someone had run into their car and left without leaving a note. Does anyone have any information? Surely this would not have been quiet? The paint left behind is white or light grey.


Kaz Hindle, Merimbula

Dave Newman rocks winery

On January 10, we had the pleasure of being entertained by well-known and followed South Coast musician Dave Newman with his repertoire of country classic rock and blues music from the 1960s to the 2000s.

Newman's vocal versatility in replicating those great foot-tapin' songs that many of us love and grew up with, is great entertainment - he shows his versatility, as a one-man musical trilogy, by playing the harmonica and guitar with a rendition of Billy Joel's classic 'Piano Man' that would get a grin of approval from the 'great-man' himself.

Dave is troubadour, giving an insight into the stories behind the songs. This was a great three hours of music we can all relate to, with a bonus of the beautiful South Coast rural atmosphere and backdrop, by the western shore of Lake Corunna at Tilba Valley Winery.

Jim Gibson, Kings Point

TROUBADOR: Dave Newman tells the stories behind the songs he sings.

TROUBADOR: Dave Newman tells the stories behind the songs he sings.