Plenty of highs, few lows for

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - By Dianne Grant Con­tin­ued page 7

Lo­cals still love their local news­pa­pers. Face­book, twit­ter and emails, mo­bile phones, iPads and such can re­lay lots of in­for­ma­tion but the ‘local’ is still tops.

While the world’s tragedies, con­flicts, wars, po­lit­i­cal un­rest, vi­o­lence, gov­ern­ment com­mis­sions and such were go­ing on, Nagam­bie town’s daily life went on with­out much in­ter­fer­ence.

My 2017 and 2018 ended with the Bendigo Bank’s New Year’s Eve fire­works, at the re­gatta cen­tre be­side Lake Nagam­bie.

Nagam­bie is known for its ‘leisure, wine, and wa­ter­ways’ im­age, so I thought I’d start the year off with some high­lights of events which hap­pened in 2018.

There were the small amount of hatches, matches and dis­patches, spe­cial an­niver­saries and birthdays dur­ing the year with John San­der­son turn­ing 90, Edie Perry top­ping the birth­day list when she turned 102 in Septem­ber; Ella Burt turned 100 and Denis Lee 80 in Au­gust; Dorothy Jory 98 in Oc­to­ber and Iso­bel McGrath 95 just be­fore Christ­mas. My­self, Marg Hur­ren, Olivia New­ton John, Edna James and Maureen Fowler turned 70.

Sadly, we lost some of our lo­cals and of­fer our on­go­ing con­do­lences to their fam­i­lies and friends in their time of grief.

A fourth doc­tor, Sabah Nazir, joined the Nagam­bie Med­i­cal Cen­tre in late 2017 and she was wel­comed by her fel­low col­leagues. And the com­mu­nity

The two pri­mary schools, preschools, play­groups and local high schools were ac­tive all year through and I of­fer thanks to the

2018 in re­view

staff and vol­un­teers who make the school com­mu­ni­ties so sup­port­ive of our chil­dren each year.

Nagam­bie has more than 110 groups or or­gan­i­sa­tions that are a valu­able as­set to the com­mu­nity and lo­cals keep them­selves oc­cu­pied sup­port­ing them and are valu­able vol­un­teers to all these groups.

Sadly, the cro­quet club folded in the lat­ter part of the year, and we said good­bye to Val Har­vey, one of our ma­jor cro­quet and St John’s vol­un­teer work­ers in town as she moved south.

The Nagam­bie Lakes Men’s Shed col­lected thou­sands of cans and cashed them in for their funds. They also cooked thou­sands of snags and ham­burg­ers at the monthly mar­kets and out­side IGA.

The Nagam­bie Lakes Com­mu­nity House op­er­ated many cour­ses and ac­tiv­i­ties this year and will en­deav­our to em­ploy a part-time worker for 2019 to es­tab­lish more ideas be­ing brought into the house’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

On the leisure side, there are al­ways events or ac­tiv­i­ties go­ing on, so do not let any­one tell you there is noth­ing to do here.

From the weekly rock and roll classes, ri­fle club, sky div­ing, an­gling club ac­tiv­i­ties: monthly com­mu­nity and farm­ers mar­ket, to an­nual wa­ter-based events, to so­cial and sports ac­tiv­i­ties.

Mitchel­ton Wines and Tah­bilk Win­ery were the two ma­jor draw card en­ter­prises for vis­i­tors to our re­gion and the river cruise boats, restau­rants, cel­lar doors, wet­lands cafe and cho­co­late cafe and Cho­co­late Fes­ti­val en­ter­prises were full on.

The new ho­tel and day spa are do­ing well be­side their fa­mous tower.

The ‘Go Fish’ com­pe­ti­tion launched for the com­ing year and an­glers from across the coun­try are ex­pected to take part. Con­tact Nagam­bie An­gling Club for de­tails.

The Royal Mail Ho­tel has be­come the en­ter­tain­ment cap­i­tal of the town host­ing many cabaret style shows and live mu­sic and char­ity events.

Pro­pri­etors Paul and Emilia Gold­ing took over the pub at Murchi­son and are pro­mot­ing fun events there also each week.

Nagam­bie Lakes En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre Row­ing Club, me­chan­ics hall and Mitchel­ton have been ma­jor venues for en­ter­tain­ment through 2018.

The Nagam­bie Lakes Tourism and Com­merce group changed their name to GO Nagam­bie.

Light­ing up the sky: Nagam­bie’s New Year’s Eve fire­works were a hit with spec­ta­tors all around the Lake.

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