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Update Recovery Mollymook Milton Ulladulla

 

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Following last week’s web post, I received so many thankful email responses from subscribers/tourist, intra and interstate wanting to be kept posted on conditions here in the Southern Shoalhaven. The responses were so positive, I thought to do this following brief update.

Yes, a lot of people have being doing it tough and its been felt by all members of the community to one degree or another. There has been a lot of grieving, however I must also mention that there is some beauty shining through by many members of the community in their efforts to help in whatever way they can.

The above image is that of the local clubs who have and still are doing so much to help those effected. At the height of the emergency they acted as places of shelter, providing a safe place to stay and be fed and now they are working collectively to help our community and smaller businesses rebuild and recover following the recent South Coast bush-fire crisis whereby Conjola was the hardest hit, where 3 lives and 89 homes were lost.

With the area like a ‘ghost town’ for the first three weeks in January, a guest staying at Mollymook Beach Waterfront made a point of going to a Milton shop and buying a dress. The shop owner was so grateful, she gave this visiting customer a big hug. So the following day the same lady drove into Ulladulla and bought a shirt, likewise she was warmly embraced and thanked by the shop owner. One would have to be present in the area to understand the devastating flow on effects the disaster has had on the local economy.

The local economy, employment / employees income has been devastated, almost non-existent in many cases thus extending the grief and hardship throughout the area.

 

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Vince Di Pietro

The enormity of the NSW South Coast Catastrophic Bush Fires:

Mr Vince Di Pietro AM was appointed as the Shoalhaven Recovery Coordinator. He has had a distinguished career that includes the Royal Australian Navy, (senior leadership roles both in Australia and overseas) and most recently the CEO of Lockheed Martin Australia. In this his new Recovery Coordinator role he is working with council, in partnership with the emergency services and government agencies in ensuring that assistance is provided where it is most needed.

He said that “about 80 per cent of the land area of the Shoalhaven has been impacted or burned in some way

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers enjoy some waves

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‘Hope Springs Eternal’. Finally some lovely Waves begin occurring at Mollymook Beach

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The Mollymook Ocean Swimmers kept on hoping and hoping, no matter what the odds were, that good surf conditions would once again emerge after weeks of smog and ash in the water following the devastating New Year’s Eve Bush Fires. Above pic of Tim displaying all the determination necessary to master this one, of numerous waves.

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Bush Fire Recovery Phase One

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Clothing provided at Mollymook Surf club for those impacted by the Bush Fires

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Architects: Katie Macartney and sister Vicki Geraghty arranged an enormous supply of clothing made available for the bush fire casualties

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Milton Doctor Katie Macartney having had first-hand experience dealing with victims of the recent catastrophic South Coast Bush Fires was determined to do all that she could to help those in need in as ‘practical way as possible’. With help from her sister Vicki Geraghty and mum Julie Fitzgerald they came up with the idea of ‘clothing donations’ and then went about the task of organising  contributions. They began getting word out to their friends in Sydney for help in gathering quality used clothing that could then be made available to those who had lost everything.

Katie said; “The number wishing to help grew exponentially, with friends sending word out to their friends. The end result was an enormous load of clothing delivered from Sydney and locally. The ‘giving’ attitude in some cases was beyond comprehension with some clothing items arriving from England that included new designer dresses, valued at around $1000 per item”.

Katie, mum Julie and Vicki were absolutely overwhelmed by the response.

Along with family and their many friends, they spent Friday evening at the Mollymook surf club sorting through all the donations and packaged items. Saturday morning was spent putting the clothing on racks and marking their various sizes. Katie said, “We just felt like we needed to do something extra, for when people are fleeing a fire the last thing, they think of taking with them is clothing”.

The Inspiring Outcome

Katie was overwhelmed; she said “a) We counted 40 fire affected families who benefited from clothing donations b) Two of the most beautiful dresses which were sent from London (value of each approx $1000) went to two local women. One received a wedding dress! Another a year 12 graduation dress with shoes! c) Later when the clothing was made available to the public, the ‘gold coin’ donations from the public exceeded $2000 which is being donated to ‘Treading Lightly MUD’

Katie also expressed her gratitude; “So many amazing people volunteered their time to set-up, pack-up and look after the market on the day.  Without their help, the success of this special day would not have been possible”. 

Images below provide a small insight into the amount of donated clothing.

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Mollymook Milton Ulladulla – Open Tourist

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Mollymook Milton Ulladulla – Open to the Touring Public

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The Mollymook Milton Ulladulla area was fortunately spared from the surrounding bush-fires and local businesses are welcoming the tourist albeit there has only been a trickle at this early stage.

The scenery you will notice driving into our Mollymook Milton Ulladulla area will no doubt be an eye opener as the trees-cape along the highways on the north and south sides have suffered enormously from the unprecedented bush-fires. What may not be so obvious are the many homes destroyed (that are off the highway), a massive business downturn in the local towns of Mollymook Milton Ulladulla resulting in so many locals throughout the area without work or drastically reduced hours. 

Used Clothing for Bush Fire Casualties

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Clothing available at Mollymook Surf club for for those impacted by Bush Fires

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Katie Macartney will have 2nd hand clothing available at Mollymook Surf club this Saturday, January 18 from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm

 

Details: Mollymook Clothing Market for families impacted by the 2020 bushfires.

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9-11 am – people affected by the fires can enjoy the opportunity to rebuild your wardrobe free of charge and choose from a wide range of second hand clothes and shoes.

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11-1 pm – open to the public to choose from second hand clothes and shoes and make a donation to Treading Lightly in the MUD.

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Come and shop from clothes and shoes given by families and companies in Sydney and surrounds. Lots of second hand clothes for men, women and children!

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Convoy of Hope Australia

 

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The five members of ‘Convoy of Hope’ with Joel on the right

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Portable ‘Shower Truck’ for local residents use

January ART Exhibition: Tallwood Restaurant

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January ART Exhibition at Tallwood

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Simone and Robbie Scott’s artistic works on display

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Grand Opening of Robbie & Simone’s first Art exhibition: Tallwood Restaurant, 2.00pm, Saturday January 11, 2020

Swimmers are all welcome.

The exhibition will run for three weeks. Their works are inspired by the beauty of the sea life found along the south coast.  So please come along and view the unique sea life mosaics, created by Simone and Rob Scott. 

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Simone and Robbie Scott’s artistic works on display

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Possible origin of Simone and Robbie’s skills:

Google records; “Research shows January babies have a number of advantages because of their birth month. People born in January are more likely to be famous because they are more creative and have superior problem-solving skills, according to a study of 300 celebrities”.

Robbie’s birthday is January 2 and Simone is January 3. Could this be the link?

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Ken B., Mollymook Beach Waterfront: Editor for Mollymook News and Destination Mollymook Milton Ulladulla

Mollymook Ocean Swimmers Bush Fire News

 

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Losal’s Caravan come homestead PRIOR to New Year’s eve fires

Update Bush Fire – Mollymook Ocean Swimmers

 

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Lloyd and Ruth MacDonald. Their former house with Lloyd in the b/g looking at the ruins 

 

Bush Fire Update for the swimmers

Lloyd and Ruth lost their home when the bush fires swept through on Tuesday. Ben and Roger kindly looked after them on Wednesday evening and fellow swimmer Mike and his dear wife Elizabeth Gaffney have offered their holiday home for some short term accommodation. Lloyd was so thankful and graciously accepted.

Garry Jenner and Jayne lost their shed and fowl yard including their fowls. I’ve heard that Garry was able to put out a number of small fires that had apparently started on their home and save it whereby their neighbour lost their home completely.

Swimmers have been inquiring into the welfare of Wendy and Craig Jenner at Lake Conjola. From reliable sources I am advised that they are presently ok, however everyone in that area are bracing themselves for Saturday’s predicted heat-wave.

Inquiries have also been coming in for Ray and Janie Ackerman. Ray was down swimming this morning and all is good at the moment. Others were inquiring into the welfare of Losal Lekshe who lives in a caravan down in Myrtle Gully north of Milton. Losal is OK and currently on the Central Coast for his birthday with his parents. He hasn’t been able to contact the owner of the property where his caravan is.

Later update is in BLUE below.

Just heard that the owner of the property where Losal’s caravan is, lost his life in Tuesday’s horrific fires.

Graeme and Suzanne have accommodation available for any swimmer in need.

 

 

 

 

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Ken B., Mollymook Beach Waterfront: Editor for Mollymook News and Destination Mollymook Milton Ulladulla

Oceanswims.com – Mollymook Ocean Swimmers

 

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Paul Ellercamp wrote in his recent Oceanswims.com e-newsletter about the culcha (culture) that exists among the ocean swimmers up and down the coast and made a reference to the Mollymook Ocean swimmers 20 year history book. I missed clicking on Paul’s link for culcha, so in case any more of our swimmers like me missed the article, I have copied and pasted it below. 

 

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Night of Nights – Celebrating Swimmer of the Year

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A wonderful result: Isabel Szanto declared the Mollymook Ocean Swimmer of the Year, 2019

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Isabel Szanto the vivacious 2019 Mollymook Ocean Swimmer of the Year.

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What one word could be used to describe this beautiful lady? It was suggested Vivacious! So much life, energy and spirit. What an incredible example for swimmers so much younger than Issi. 75 years of age, working at the Ulladulla Leisure centre teaching youngsters to swim, operating Air BnB accommodation, an underwater model, ocean swimming every morning and much more.  Some people are just naturally fun to be around; they sparkle, they animate any group they’re part of, they’re full of life, this is our Issi.

Congratulations Issi from all the swimmers, a well earned award.

Click on pics to enlarge throughout

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Destination Mollymook Milton Ulladulla Tourism e-news December 2019

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Alex Delly and wife Jo Thomas of St Isidore fame have opened their latest venture, ‘Small Town’ in the heart of Milton.

For more info click on the link: Small Town – Food and Wine Bar

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Mexican meals Golfie addition to Restaurant

Mollymook Golf Club

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Mexicanos is a unique Mexican style shared dining experience

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DISCOVER THE FLAVOURS AND VIBE OF MEXICO IN THE GOLF CLUBS ‘POP UP’ RESTAURANT

The ‘Pop-Up’ Restaurant is located downstairs in the ocean function room area. Enjoy crispy eggplant, pulled beef or fish tacos, grilled tequila marinated prawns with chilli & fresh rocket or jalapeno poppers stuffed with seasoned rice and oozing cilantro sour cream! Pair it with that perfect mix of sweet and sour and boozy kick that comes in a salt-rimmed icy glass – the ever popular margarita.

NOTE: The main upstairs ‘Beachside Bistro‘ will operate as usual throughout summer.

The ‘Pop-Up’ restaurant will be an additional service for the period December 27 to January 11.

For bookings: Web site link to the Mollymook Golf Club

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Ken Banks, Mollymook Beach Waterfront: Editor for Mollymook News and Destination Mollymook Milton Ulladulla

Millhouse Christmas Art Exhibition

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Millhouse Christmas Art Exhibition at the Ulladulla Civic Centre

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Mollymook Swimmers Pre-Christmas News

 

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Swimmers Christmas Party and Awarding of the 2019 Swimmer of the Year Award.

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Swimmers Christmas Party, 6.00 pm Saturday December 21, 2019. Venue: Upstairs at the Surf Club. 

Note: Pot luck evening meal so please remember to bring a plate and your own alcohol.

Organiser Garry Hunt and his wife Noelene will provide recyclable crockery and cutlery.

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Who will be declared the 2019 Swimmer of the Year, and awarded this sought-after trophy?

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The history behind the trophy is provided by its creator, the affable Mike Gaffney. “I created a perpetual trophy that consisted of a piece of driftwood found on Mollymook Beach. I attached a surf board fin (also found on Mollymook Beach). The wood was varnished and I arranged (with an exclusive Canberra Jeweller) for a bronze plaque with engraved words, The Octopus’s Garden Award – Mollymook Ocean ‘Swimmer of the Year’, to be attached to the side of the coveted trophy.”

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