Lions Club are requesting Sponsorship for the Community Challenge.
THREE EVENTS IN ONE!
For the keen swimmers, the water is still warm, and the course is exciting! Swim out to the barge boat, downstream about 100 metres around a buoy on the eastern side of the railway bridge and back along the front of Anchors Wharf Café. Either turn left into the beach for a rest or to tag the next swimmer in your team: or if you’ve entered the ‘Blue Ribbon’ Event, turn right, swim around the first buoy, and down to the buoy on the eastern side of the railway bridge and return. You can complete as many laps as you like. There are life savers and assistants on these boats and in the water. Your laps will be counted by them, and they’re there to help if needed. The person who completes the most laps wins the ‘Blue Ribbon’ event!
Each lap you swim constitutes $10 from keen sponsors willing to pay for your efforts!
This event is for those who like a slower pace taking in the scenery, yet still contributing a big part to the fundraising event. The walkers will leave Lions Park by way of the stairs up to the bridge, turn right and walk north along the footpath to the other side, down the steps where you’ll receive a pin from one of the Marshals, return by way of the stairs, turn left and walk south along the bridge till you reach the stairs on the southside, come down the stairs to the Marshalling area, hand in your pin to say you’ve complete your lap, tag team a mate, or sit, have a rest and get ready for the next lap. The person who completes the most walking laps wins the ‘Walkers’ event!
Each lap you walk constitutes $10 from keen sponsors willing to pay for your efforts!
This 3 kilometre course leaves from the Marshalling area, up the stairs, left at the top onto Giinagay Way. Travel south to the Kalang River Motel and turn left at Ferry/Fitzroy Street. Run along the downward path and back up to the Railway bridge. Run left over the railway and travel left on to Bowra street. Keep running to Coopers Lane, turn left and run along this lane to the end and exit on the footpath of Bellingen Street, turn left and run west until you’re across the road from the Lions Park marshalling area. Wait for the Marshalls to signal ‘OK to cross’ in the event of traffic. Report back to the Registration table before taking off on your next run lap, walk or swim. The person who completes the most running laps wins the ‘Runners’ event!
Each lap you run constitutes $10 from keen sponsors willing to pay for your efforts!
When finished, come in to Anchors Wharf Café. Eats, drinks, presentation and raffle draw will take place at the conclusion, approximately 11.00 am
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Wetlands News – February 2019
When we paid a visit to the wetlands on a beautiful Sunday evening in February, the area was looking at its absolute best. The remediated lagoon had the largest number of water birds we have seen in the area to date. The small islands and vegetation in the lagoon are growing well which affords excellent cover for these birds to raise young and avoid any predators.
Among the water birds we saw over 20 Eurasian Coots, more than 30 Pacific Black Ducks and several Hardheads with their distinctive white eyes and bills appearing distinctly white. The usual Rainbow Lorikeets, Little Corellas, Galahs and Magpies were flying overhead while Crested Pigeons and Masked Lapwings were wandering around on the mound looking for grubs and insects.
It was great to see other families visiting the site. We were only there about 40 minutes and saw another 12 people strolling through the area enjoying the coolness of the evening and the serenity of the wetlands.
“While you’re there, remember to walk up to the top of the mound – the view is spectacular”.
Mandy & Tony Wright.
The inaugural Australia Day event was a trial event that was well received. There has been a de-brief of the day this week, and some good feedback, as well as some changes suggested to make the event better next year. Thank You Alison Carter, our roaming photographer, for taking event photos of last week’s Australia Day … For more photos, videos, etc, see our Love Urunga Facebook page
8:00 am .. SET YOUR ALARMS for next Saturday morning’s remembrance ceremony. To follow, live music, kids games, rides, free bouncing castle, food stalls, petting zoo, gold coin donation Egg n Bacon rolls courtesy Urunga Lions Club. Free Lamingtons, coffee & tea supplied by Bellingen Shire Council. PLEASE, Join Us!! PLEASE SHARE so everyone knows about the early morning start to ceremony…
Urunga Wetlands – November Update
Since it was officially opened 18 months ago, Urunga Wetlands has become a favourite destination for both locals and visitors. The existing vegetation have grown enormously as have plantings by Brett and Kris who were contracted to maintain the area for five years (now 3½).
The self-seeded casuarinas have grown thickly on the sides of the mono-cell which contains the toxic residue from the antimony processing mine abandoned in 1974 and apart from the grassy mound, there is now no sign that the mine ever existed here.
The aquatic plants are spreading throughout the wetland, much to the approval of the ducks and coots, etc. which can be seen foraging among them. People walking around the area will see plenty of birds and surveys have now identified over 50 different species in the wetlands including ducks, kingfishers, cormorants and raptors.
Not only birds are increasingly found in the wetlands – this week a Bellingen Snapping Turtle was seen sunning itself on a log. Hopefully more of these delightful small turtles will move into the area. When you wander around the wetlands, make sure you keep your eyes open for all our beautiful birdlife and other wildlife to be found here.
IN regards the construction of BBQ facility at Lions Park:
All quotes have now been received so that a Grant application can be submitted to Australian Lions Foundation for a ‘dollar for dollar’ grant to enable us to start building. At some stage there will be a ‘working bee’ and we will be calling for tradespeople, builders, concreters etc to donate their time so we can finally get this show on the road. Realistic finish time frame is May 2019.