Mallacoota Community Update 12/03/2021
posted 8 months ago by Trigger from Mallacoota RSL
The 10th of March started off with clear skies and perfect weather. Seeing HMAS Choules sitting out off Big Beach brought back many memories. The announcement that Mallacoota would become the Choules’ home port was welcomed by everyone. Getting to talk to the sailors and soldiers, listening to their memories and experiences over afternoon tea at the new sports building gave a sense that Mallacoota was returning to its old self. Just being able to socialise again at a public venue was great.
HMAS Choules will be back in Mallacoota on the 6th of November for the Freedom of Entry to the town. This will be another awesome day with the entire ship’s company marching through town. The EGSC are organising the event and more information will be available closer to the date.
Although donations have dropped off there is still some great news. John Fallon and the crew at Rotary in Bairnsdale have donated a popup children's library to the play group. The many Rotary groups in and around Bairnsdale have helped out Mallacoota immensely. I haven’t tallied up just how much they have donated but it is tens of thousands of dollars worth.
Later on this year and after Covid becomes more of a memory, I would like to get all of the groups like Givit, Rotary, Lions, Corporate to Community, Variety, the media, regional RSLs, Transport companies and all the other groups that donated and helped the Mallacoota Recovers site to come up for a BBQ as a thankyou for the generosity that they have shown towards our town over the past year.
The movie “Fired Up” will be coming out shortly. This is a movie about the response by the Australian Islamic Centre to the fires and was a joint venture between them and the Federal Police. Although they never came to Mallacoota a lot of the images are from our area as they were donated by David Caird from the Herald Sun. The movie is excellent but it is also an emotional, raw portrait of the fires and at the premiere there were many tears by those who watched it so if you want to see it please be prepared for a roller coaster of emotions. I’ll do a post when it comes out.
There are still some lights available but be quick as any left over will go to other towns through givit.
That’s it for now. As we head into Autumn please remember to keep socially distancing, washing your hands, and keeping Covid safe and aware.
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