Plenty of highs, few lows for
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.