Mollymook News

by Ken Banks

Mollymook Ocean Swimmers – Mollymook Ocean Swim Classic

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers

Ordinary people from all walks of life with a common passion gather at their own particular beach daily in the morning, every day of the year for a swim in the ocean. The Mollymook morning ocean swimmers are no different in that regard; where the retirees, the school teachers, financial wizards, librarians, brick layers, bus drivers, builders and cleaners all look the same in the water, swimming at their own pace. Some simply in costumes whereas others use aids such as flippers &/or wet suits.

At Mollymook some choose to swim to the reef whilst a smaller earlier group swim to the end of the beach and return. Each to their own, they just swim whenever they want, as far as they want, and meet up for coffee at the Beach Hut cafe after their swim.

The Mollymook ocean swimmers are not an organised group as such, each swims at their own risk, their numbers vary from as low as 4 to 6 during the mid week winter morning swims to as many as 40 on a weekend during the summer holiday period.

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Annual Mollymook Ocean Swim Classic is cancelled for April 13, 2014

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Wedding – Marriage Celebrant. Mollymook Milton Ulladulla

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4 Weddings on the South Coast

 

Wedding – Marriage Celebrant

Karen Vaughan

I am very passionate about what I do and I look forward to every wedding, like it is my first. I reside in beautiful Mollymook on the NSW South Coast and don’t sit still… I’m high energy, love a laugh and a chat and will give anything a go. I love to walk, ride, swim, eat and am partial to a glass of bubbles.

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I’m fortunate enough to be a full time celebrant, which allows me to be very generous with my time. The wedding ceremony sets the vibe for the whole day. A ceremony with real impact will be talked about for years to come. It’s so worth putting on a great show. Great Ceremony, Great Occasion, Great Memories.

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Planning your wedding is no mean feat and everyone wants their say. It’s your wedding so remember, the choices are yours. Do yourself a favour and make it about the two of you. I strive to make sure you enjoy yourselves, first and foremost. I take my responsibilities as a Celebrant seriously and look forward to working with you both.

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Contact Details:

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Karen Vaughan,

50 Pengana Crescent, Mollymook, NSW, 2539

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email: 4weddingsonthesouthcoast@gmail.com

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Mob :0421 557 194

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Testimonials

  • To our dearest marriage celebrant Karen Vaughan, words cannot explain how much we appreciated your help and hard work leading up to our wedding ceremony. We felt so grateful to have you as our marriage celebrant and being part of our wedding. Tracey and Mark. Dec. 2013
  • The minute we met Karen Vaughan, we knew she was the marriage celebrant for us! Karen is sincere, kind, enthusiastic, generous and personable. She helped us through every step of the wedding ceremony planning process, offering advice and suggestions where needed. Helen and Heath. Feb. 2014
  • Celebrant Karen Vaughan, of 4 Weddings on the South Coast, provided a very special marriage service for our son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Sam, at their recent wedding.  Beginning with the planning stage through to the celebratory wedding kiss, Karen was professional, gracious, warm and relaxed.  She was sensitive to the wishes of the bride and groom and did not impose her own preferences into the service.  Karen found time to introduce herself to both the bride’s and groom’s family before the ceremony and had a smile for everyone she met, including the canine ring bearer, Champ!  All of our wedding guests made a point of saying what a beautiful service it was, and how lovely the celebrant was.  Paula McLean Feb. 2014

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Destination Mollymook Milton Ulladulla

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Karen Vaughan

Marriage celebrant

 

 

Mollymook Senior’s Bus Trip to Shellharbour Ocean Swim

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Mollymook Senior’s Bus Trip to Shellharbour Ocean Swim

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On a grey overcast morning, the senior citizens from Mollymook gathered at the surf club to be picked up by the local bus and taken for a days outing.

A happy group, they posed for their photo’s to be taken before setting off on their bus trip to Shellharbour to watch the ocean swimmers. They were filled with excitement and anticipation. 

Their trip would take them through the village of Wandandian. Whilst Wandandian was only 1/2 hour into their trip, the understanding bus driver (Bruce) knew toilet stops would often be the order of the day. Here they were able to talk to the local residents who explained that the name of their village ‘Wandandian’ meant “home to lost lovers”. The seniors minds went immediately back to their youth. Those halcyon days of seemingly endless sunny days of youth and romance. Their imagination began to run wild as they inquired more about the area. The local’s went on to explain that the  ‘Wandandian area’ was not over populated and retained a rural atmosphere with hobby farms and fruit orchards. It was an area that would lend itself nicely to a retirement village. Utopia! This could be the perfect place for our retirement ….

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Bawley Vale Estate – Jazz in the vines

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Bawley Vale Estate – Jazz in the vines

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The Pigeon House Jazz Band provides for a magnificent afternoon at the Bawley Vale Estate, relaxing, sipping on some of the magnificent 2010 vintage wines just released.

Vineyard owner Maurie Abbott’s approach to wine making is simple: produce wines loved by 80% of the wine drinking population.

This is a diametrically opposite approach taken by previous owners looking for something unique for Bawley, perhaps trying to impress the <20% of wine connoisseurs. I’ve tasted the former vintages and in my opinion these recent vintages produced by Maurie are superior. I’m of the opinion that these latter vintages are real winners for the Bawley Vale Estate.

I’m look forward to the local wine show with expectations that the judges will likewise demonstrate the distinction I am suggesting.

 

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers, an eventful morning.

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers, 

an eventful morning.

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The morning began with swimmers (nearing the creek) ordered out of the water by Colonel Brian on his surf board after sighting a shark some 30 odd metres away. Dougie thought Brian said ‘park’ and he began to argue that he didn’t want to go to the park. Brian prevailed as Dougie saw all the others head in, so he reluctantly followed, after protesting vigorously.

In front of the surf club another drama was beginning to unfold. One of the board riders (Louise) got dumped. She later called it a rogue wave. After waiting for her to come up the beach a little dazed and with a bit of a bruise, they got a splint and laid her down. There was no mouth to mouth expertise among the ocean swimmers available on this particular morning. (With a sigh of relief, Louise muttered, if I need mouth to mouth then its only to be from a female)  

It was a frantic morning, Issi kept asking who saw the shark first, Ken was busy taking photos, Jan called on her experience (working at Sarah Clayton’s nursing home for the elderly) to comfort Louise, John had trouble getting a key to fit the 1st Aid door. Among all this confusion, finally the ambulance arrived and whisked Louise off to Milton Hospital.

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Millhouse Art Gallery, Milton NSW (opp. Milton Post Office)

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Millhouse Art Gallery, Milton NSW

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Millhouse Gallery Milton (opposite the Post Office) showcases the artwork of talented local artists. Contemporary to traditional work in various mediums.

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Works are for sale at very reasonable prices. Open weekends and school holidays from 10am-4pm and admission is free.

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Web: www.millhouseartsociety.com

Email: millhouse_art@hotmail.com

 Phone:  Sue (02) 4455 7341

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Easter Art Exhibition: St Martin’s Church Hall (opposite Ulladulla Harbour).

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Opening 1 pm, Wednesday April 16, 2014 and thereafter daily from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm daily till Friday April 25, 2014 Contact: Elizabeth (02) 4455 2278

 

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Wedding Reception – Mollymook Golf Club

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Wedding Reception

Mollymook Golf Club

 

The Mollymook Beach-side clubhouse is the ideal location for your wedding reception following your beach marriage ceremony.

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The Function room is located on the lower level of the club, with magical views over Mollymook Beach and caters for up to 200 guests or can be petitioned for smaller groups.

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On arrival your guests can enjoy canapes & drinks in our outdoor courtyard over looking Mollymook Beach. Sails have been erected over this area which will make it an all weather venue, perfect if the sun is beating down or dry & secure if the weather is not ideal.

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Ph. 4455 1911     Address: Golf Avenue, Mollymook NSW 2539 

E:  functions@mollymookgolf.com.au      .Web: Mollymook Golf                   

 

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Wedding Reception – Mollymook Surf Club

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Wedding Reception

Mollymook Surf Club

 

The Mollymook Surf Club’s “Oceans Function Centre” is a premier function venue with sweeping views of beautiful Mollymook Beach. This sparkling waterfront location with breathtaking ocean views, a space with an abundance of privacy, will leave you captivated.

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Be surrounded by elegance and romance at Oceans Function Centre. Beautifully set by the beach, Oceans Function Centre has everything to make your wedding day absolutely wonderful. The perfect place for your perfect day.

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Mollymook Surf Club’s “Oceans Function Centre” will seat up to 150 people.
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For further details visit the Mollymook Surf Club web site.  

 

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The Chambers Milton’s newest Shopping Precinct.

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‘The Chambers’

Milton’s newest Shopping Precinct

‘The Chambers’ shopping centre contains 14 specialty shops & is located in the heart of the Milton shopping centre, on the corner of the Princes Highway and Wason Street. Provides customers with picturesque rural and ocean views to the east and dining in a warm sunny location.

  1. Akwa Surf Shop
  2. Cafe (Opening May 2014)
  3. Spiral – Giftware
  4. Wine Bar & Tapas restaurant. (opening May 2014)
  5. Splatters – art supplies and designer gifts.
  6. Kawani – Ladies Fashion.
  7. Zaman DuLu Balinese handcraft furnishings.
  8. (Both shops 7 & 8) Zaman DuLu
  9. Dear Me – Home-wares, gifts and accessories.
  10. Stephanie Burns art and gallery.
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BATHURST – RYLSTONE Road Trip

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BATHURST – RYLSTONE,

Road Trip.

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A little bit of nostalgia on this trip. 1st stop Bathurst to visit our ill, former next door neighbour. (Came via Turpentine Road, Nerriga, Goulburn, Oberon)

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Next, a ‘drive by’ our old farm house we built back in 1972 at Meadow Flat. The white picket fence June painted every year and likened it to painting the Sydney Harbour bridge, (never ending) has long since disappeared, water tank and sheds all still standing but the country side was so barren and dry.

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Then Portland and onto Kandos and Rylstone where we camped for the night.

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It was so so HOT! Temp in mid thirties. Took Toby for a beer at the Rylstone Pub and later we enjoyed this magnificent red with dinner at the park. That was Monday.

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Tuesday, left Rylstone about 11 am and took the Bylong Valley Way. These days fully sealed, very picturesque, about 100 kms long, only saw 6 vehicles on this stretch of road Later visited Potters Boutique Brewery.

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Our old farm house

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Magnificent red for dinner

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Potters Boutique Brewery

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Potters Beer Tasting

2014 South Coast Branch Surf Life Saving Club Championships

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2014 South Coast Branch Surf Life Saving Club Championships

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In idyllic weather, Kiama Surf Club hosted the 2014 South Coast Branch SLSC Championships on the weekend of February 1 & 2.

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Participating clubs included included Warilla-Barrack Point, Shellharbour, Kiama Downs, Kiama, Shoalhaven Heads, Nowra-Culburra and Mollymook.

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Thanks to the season long coaching by Tony Ireland and Paul Burton, the Mollymook competitors put in exceptional performances against the strong competition provided primarily by the points score winning club Warilla-Barrack Point Surf Club.

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Wedding Reception – Cupitts Vineyard Ulladulla

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Wedding Reception,

Cupitts Vineyard Ulladulla

 

Cupitt’s Winery has an elegant rustic charm with views overlooking Burrill Lake, Pigeon House Mountain and the Budawang Ranges making it an ideal rural setting for weddings, wedding reception with Mollymook accommodation close by.

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Set among the vines, the award winning Vineyard Kitchen Restaurant serves a seasonal menu with a French and English influence.

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The restaurant and winery are a distinctly different venue for weddings with views overlooking the vineyards and lake providing an idyllic setting for your ceremony, photographs and reception.

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The Cellar Door building built in the 1850s and surrounding landscaped garden provides a lovely setting for guests to enjoy pre-dinner drinks and canapés and the French inspired restaurant with covered terrace provides a contemporary setting for your sit down reception.

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The venue holds up to 80 people and can be as you wish; a sit-down 3-course-meal, a buffet or a stand-up finger food event.      

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E: weddings@cupittwines.com.au          Web: Cupitts wines

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4455  7888       Address: 58 Washburton Road Ulladulla

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2014 South Coast Wine Show

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2014 South Coast Wine Show

Chief judge David Morris a 5th generation wine maker from Morris Winery Rutherglen Vic. was full of praise for the quality of wines exhibited at the 2014 South Coast Wine Show. South Coast wines cover the broad area south of the Hunter that includes Sydney, Nepean, Hawkesbury, Shoalhaven, Southern Highlands and the South Coast down to the Victorian border. The primary areas are the Shoalhaven Coast and Southern Highlands. The panel of judges assisting David Morris included Nicole Esdaile from Coombe Farm Estate in the Yarra Valley and Nick O’Leary from Lake George near Bungendore. Associate judge was Wally Cupitt from Cupitt’s winery, Ulladulla.

A total of  86 entries were received from 18 Vineyards and Wineries. Entrants included: 7 from the Southern Highlands Wine Region, 6 from the Shoalhaven Coast Wine Region, 4 from Sydney Vignerons, and 1 from the South Coast Zone.

Judges awarded 52 medals, which included 8 gold medals,10 silver medals and 34 bronze medals.

Local highlights were:

  • Wine of the show was awarded to the Coolangatta Estate for their 2005 Semillon.
  • Best wine produced in a Shoalhaven Coast Winery and a gold medal was awarded to Cupitt’s Winery for their 2012 Semillon.
  • Silver medal was awarded to Cupitt’s Winery for their ‘Alphonse’.
  • Bronze medals were awarded to Cupitt’s Winery for their 2013 Riesling, Fern Gully Winery for their Shiraz and for their Vintage Port style (Shiraz)

Results are listed below or visit the Shoalhaven Coast Wine web site.

Wines were made available for public tasting at the Mollymook Golf Club with major sponsors for the wine show being the Bawley Liquor Barn & Hazcorp Pty. Ltd.

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St Isidore Restaurant Milton NSW – Garden fresh produce

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St Isidore Restaurant Milton NSW

Garden fresh produce

A culinary masterpiece, meals served with fresh, high-quality ingredients straight from the restaurants own gardens. Alex, Jo and their staff at St Isidore’s obviously take pride in providing quality garden fresh products.

Comments & feedback from Mollymook Beach Waterfront and Beach View guests reflect a consistency in:

  • Genuine and pleasant customer focused staff,
  • The delivery of courses in a timely and effective manner,
  • Use of the finest, fresh home grown ingredients whenever possible,
  • An imagination, creating ever changing culinary delightful dishes,
  • The serene rural setting.

We chose outdoor seating with a view of the restaurants veggie gardens and citrus trees which we later went for a stroll through. Very peaceful and relaxing. (See images)

For lunch time dining we chose the ‘slow cooked lamb’ accompanied by “today’s” vegetables. Perfect dishes with a bottle of local South Coast Pale Ale to boot.

 

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2014 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships

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2014 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships

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Thousands of people descended upon Mollymook Beach for the 2014 NSW Country Surf Championships held January 17, 18 & 19, 2014.

The weather was magnificent, the beach in immaculate condition and the 1500 odd competitors primed for their events with clubs traveling from as far a field as Cudgen on the NSW North Coast.

Clubs such as Mollymook, Byron Bay, Sawtell and Warilla Barrack Point had in excess of 80 competitors per club including nippers, U15, U17, U19, Open and Masters competitors.

The Mollymook Surf Club renovations completed in November provided for a great facility as did the natural amp i-theatre style embankment for viewing the events.

The final overall Club Point Score is as follows: 1.) Byron Bay SLSC – 882.5  2.) Warilla Barrack Point SLSC – 665.5  3.) Cudgen Headland SLSC – 556  4.) Shellharbour SLSC – 462  5.) Coffs Harbour SLSC – 297  6.) Tacking Point SLSC – 295  7.) Sawtell SLSC Inc – 262  8.) Port Macquarie SLSC – 256.5  9.) Mollymook SLSC – 220.5  10.) Broulee Surfers SLSC – 147

All results are available  on the NSW SLSC web site

 

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Cupitt’s Kitchen Restaurant – Special occasion celebrations

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Cupitt’s Kitchen Restaurant

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Special occasion celebrations

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Cupitt’s is special! The Kitchen Restaurant is set among grape vines, gardens, gentle undulating country with the Angus cattle grazing on lush green hills, picturesque Burrill Lake backwaters in the background, an adjoining sandstone cottage (circa 1860′s) adjacent for wine tasting and the Budawang mountains in the distance. Perfect for ‘Foodies’.

Its hard to imagine that this amazing property is only 2 klms west of the Ulladulla sea port and harbour. Not only does chef Russell Chinn  create many fine dining dishes, the menu is regularly changing according to the seasons and quality of produce available explained owner Rosie Cupitt.

What is not hard to imagine is the reason so many brides choose Cupitt’s for their wedding and reception as do many locals to celebrate special occasions. Four birthdays in March was the excuse for our celebration and the setting could not have been more fitting. And the food? Exceptional!

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Wedding Reception Marquee’s – Erected on your unique site

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Wedding Marquee Reception – Choose your own site

Mollymook and Narrawallee beaches make for an exceptionally beautiful area for a beach wedding as does the rural area at a local vineyard or on the outskirts of Milton or your family farm. Some choose to have a marquee erected for their reception in this chosen location.

Look no further than the Shoalhaven Party Hire. They can supply an entire range of hire items that will enable you to create the wedding reception of your dreams in your own unique setting.

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Phone: (02) 4421 8200 for a quote and to discuss your unique requirements.

Email: admin@shoalhavenpartyhire.com.au   Web: http://www.shoalhavenpartyhire.com/

Packages can include: Clear Span Hoecker Marquee Pavilion; All walls; black carpet tile floor system; Lighting through the centre of the Marquee; trestle tables; white folding chairs; white tablecloths; all crockery, cutlery and glassware.

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Rick Stein Restaurant Mollymook for Gourmet Fish and Chips

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Rick Stein Restaurant Mollymook

Gourmet Fish and Chips

 

Numerous guests over the summer months staying at our Mollymook Beach Waterfront accommodation had returned from the Rick Stein restaurant telling us how good was the Rick Stein gourmet ‘Fish and Chips’.

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I thought why would you go to Rick Steins and choose ‘Fish and Chips’. Curiosity got the better of me, so my wife and I went not once but twice in the space of 2 weeks and on each occasion we were so impressed.

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Without a doubt the best restaurant ‘Fish and Chips’ we have ever enjoyed!  Battered line caught salt water barramundi with thick cut chips, pea puree and tartare sauce.

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And may I add, in such a tranquil setting on the deck, with a lovely view of the ocean below, savouring a glass of champagne.

 

 

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Stephanie Burns – Art Gallery & Studio – Milton NSW

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Stephanie Burns – Art Gallery – Milton NSW

Studio & Gallery: Chambers Building, Shop 10 / 23 Wason St. Milton 2538

Contact: Mobile – 0421 396 544

Email: info@stephanieburns.com.au

Web: www.stephanieburnsfineart.com

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Stephanie Burns has opened her studio and gallery in Milton.

Stephanie has extensive experience within the arts industry as an artist, consultant, Cultural Gifts valuer and publisher (including the leading British art magazine Modern Painters and the eMagazine Art influence).

As a professional artist, Stephanie is a painter, sculptor and designer who has won a number of awards and prizes. Her works have been exhibited in London, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, regional galleries and are held in major collections. NAB, Head Office, Melbourne; Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Joondalup City Council, WA; Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG), ACT and Private collections in Australia, US, UK and Singapore (including The Laverty Collection and the Margaret Olley Collection).

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Canberra – ACT tourism award winners

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Canberra region’s tourism award winners announced.

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Winners of the 28th Canberra and Capital Region Tourism Awards were announced at a gala dinner held at the National Gallery of Australia.

2013 was a big year for the ACT tourism sector, with the full calendar of cultural and sporting events contributing to a 9.0 per cent annual increase in the number of domestic overnight visitors coming to the ACT.

The awards provide the tourism industry with a vehicle to promote and reward tourism operators while also providing significant support for them to continue to grow their businesses.

(Australian Capital Tourism supplier of the images)

Click “MORE” for a full list of award winners.

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