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Safe Waters Community Care Inc.

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Homeless people in Ulladulla & surrounding areas. 


Swimming at the Ulladulla sea pool recently, just before dawn, I saw a couple exiting a 2-man tent. They packed their meagre belongings into an old pram and moved on. This was not the first time I had witnessed this in our local area.

As I reflect, I look back with disappointment that I didn’t reach out and offer some form of assistance.

Speaking with swimming friends, it seems I am not alone in my concern. One shared the story of regularly viewing homeless people appearing at the harbour, as the evening closes in. Others have related their experiences.  In each case, the question is: What might we do to make a difference in the lives of these fellow locals?

Earlier this month there was an article in the Milton Ulladulla Times on the work that the ‘Safe Waters’ registered charity is doing for the increasing number of homeless people in our local area’. I consequently made contact with the ‘Safe Waters’ team at their facility in South Street, Ulladulla and got an update on their new ‘Highway Shelter’ nearing completion on the highway just south of the Ex-Servo’s.

I was so encouraged to see the range of local businesses and local people involved in supporting this charity. Some volunteered their time, others provided voluntary work via provision of their trade skills, others were/are giving financially, small and large. 

It confirmed for me that the needs in our local community are real, and that the success of ‘Safe Waters’ is dependent on us, members of the local community being involved, however we can. 

To this end, I encourage you to check the information (links below) and consider how we may be able to contribute according to our individual circumstances where possible to the work of Safe Waters.

Link to their web site: Safe Waters 

The Board of Directors are people of integrity; Link: Board of Directors.

Link to their Achievements since opening.

For transparency, their ‘Charity Accreditation’ and ‘Annual Income/Expenditure’ can be seen on the Government ACNC web site.     


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Welsh’s Wanderings

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Chris and Sue’s outback travels.

A big hello to everyone at home. Well, we are now in Coffs Harbour, on the downhill run to Narrawallee. We plan to be back at the end of the month, so keep that rain at bay. Not to rub it in, but we had 82 days straight with no rain and only hit a couple of hours of rain once we reached the Queensland Coast at Agnes Water/1770.


The highlights of the second half of the trip have been exploring the underground town of Coober Pedy; an interesting  place both geologically and socially! Alice Springs and both the West MacDonnell and East MacDonnell Ranges were wonderful, although we arrived there just as the first “polar blast” hit so swims in the waterholes were not so enticing. The water in these waterholes was 19 degrees but the air temp left a bit to be desired! Magnificent scenery and breath-taking gorges of course.


We rode our bikes around the base of Uluru, and did the Valley of the Winds walk at Kata Tjuta/The Olgas. These were both really good, however the rim walk around Kings Canyon trumped them both. Another highlight of our time in Central Australia was seeing a herd of about a dozen wild camels, not to mention plenty of wedge tail eagles, brolgas, bustards and the ever present whistling kites.


A visit to Devils Marbles/Karla Karla en-route to Tennant Creek was fascinating, with so many large boulders weathered over time and giving the appearance of casually scattered marbles. From here we crossed back into Queensland and headed to one of our favourite places in Australia, namely Gregory Downs. This is an absolute oasis in the desert of the  Gulf Country , complete with a gorgeous swimming river lined with pandanus and palm trees. The water here was an unbelievable 24.5 degrees. And no crocs, fresh or otherwise!!


Next we travelled across the middle of Queensland through Winton, Longreach and Emerald. At Winton we visited the billabong believed to have inspired Banjo Paterson’s Waltzing Matilda, a political piece really, commenting on the great Shearer’s Strike of 1891. Winton is also famous for the discovery of dinosaurs bones, we reckon our grandchildren would be fascinated to see these fossils and the signs of a fossilised dinosaur stampede! Along this route we also passed through the town of McKinlay, made famous by Crocodile Dundee and the Walkabout Hotel.


Longreach has both the Stockman’s Hall of Fame and the Qantas Museum. We spent a few interesting hours at the Stockman’s Hall and particularly loved the live show they put on with stock horses, dogs, sheep and even a Brahman bull. Very entertaining and informative. A sunset river cruise and bushman’s dinner was likewise enjoyable but we decided to save the Qantas Museum for next time.


Carnarvon Gorge was a further highlight of our travels, and we did a 27 km walk right through the gorge and up into each of the little side gorges. Amphitheatres, Aboriginal rock art, waterfalls, cycads, cabbage palms, moss covered walls, multiple river crossings…it had it all. 


We eventually hit the Queensland coast at Agnes Water where Chris was hoping for a surf. The boards had been strapped to the back of the motorhome for nearly three months but alas, the ocean was a millpond! I can happily report that he has managed to get some decent waves here on the Coffs Coast and we head to Crescent Head next, then Seal Rocks, Newcastle and Cronulla so hopefully he returns home a happy surfer. As for ocean swimming, well, not a lot happening on that front. We will both be needing lessons when we return haha. We have done plenty of walking and many excellent bike rides, and I have done a couple of Park runs.


Well, that’s about all for now. We have missed you all and will be super excited to see all your smiling faces at the end of the month!!


Much love, Sue and Chris


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Mollymook Golf Club – Hole in 1

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Breaking news: Greg shoots a hole in 1.


Christina Moss files this report: Something very special happened on the 2nd hole at the Mollymook  Beachside Course today!

Greg Young got a hole in one !! Witnessed and verified by Izzy, Kate, Rodney and myself. Annals of glory… celebrated with a cheeky Prosecco, afterwards!


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40th Birthday Celebrations, Kate and Dr. Katie

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Kate with Dad & Mum and Dr. Katie – each reaching their 40 year milestone.

The ‘who’s who’ of Mollymook Milton Ulladulla turned up for this momentous occasion. Doctors, medical staff, Chemist, business people plus family member’s who travelled from Sydney and interstate, some local surf club member’s and a few humble ocean swimmers came together to share in the celebration of this milestone occasion, a common birthday shared by Kate and Dr. Katie. It was a beautiful night, lovely speeches and sumptuous food dishes devoured by guests.


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2022 – Mollymook Ocean Swim

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Planning for the Mollymook Annual Charity Ocean Swim Classic, Saturday April 30, 2022


Mollymook SLSC is calling on its members to assist with the running of the annual Mollymook Charity Ocean Swim to be held on the 30th of April 2022.

This event can’t go ahead without the help and support of its members! We are asking for anyone who can assist even if it’s just for a couple hours!

If this is something that you can help with, please contact the follow people:
Water Safety – Mark Green – 0403 015 097
Work Party – Les O’Sullivan – 0417 655 401
First Aid – Mick Hendrie – 0419 241 198



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Highlights: 2022 Aussie Surf Titles

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Sam Zustovich: GOLD in the OPEN Male Beach Flags.


Mollymook Beach athletes, results at the 2022 Australian Surf Championships.


Mollymook Surf Club athletes once again put in superb efforts in the various beach events at the Aussie Titles held at Kurrawa Beach, Qld. Credit to Mollymook’s coach Daniel Robberds, who has been able to pull together and train our small contingent to a level capable of competing against the best beach athletes in Australia. Results included:

Sam Zustovich: GOLD in the OPEN Male Beach Flags event.

Ashton Neall: SILVER in the U17 male Beach flags.

Payton Williams, SILVER medal in the Open Female Beach Sprint. 

SILVER medals won by our U17 Female beach relay team of: Karla Jones, Olivia Greenhalgh, Mischa Boniface and Alexa Farland.

SILVER medals won by our U19 Female beach relay team, (with some of our U17 girls stepping up):  Mischa Boniface, Amy Joy, Alexa Farland and Karla Jones.

SILVER medals won by our OPEN Male beach relay team: Brock Scrivener, Ashton Neall, Sammy Zustovich and Jack Bridges.

BRONZE medals won by our U17 MIXED beach relay team: Levi Sommers, Ashton Neall, Olivia Greenhalgh and Mischa Boniface.



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Mollymook champions on the bike, swimming and SUP’s


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CWA hospitality at Barellan (Pic credit Leonie)

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The finish line. (Pic sourced by Ian & Leonie)


Fundraising for MND Research

1. Mollymook marathon push-bike peddling champ, Ian gives a wrap up following the completion of their massive bike ride. Ian writes: “All 80 riders crossed the finishing line at Ariah Park on Saturday afternoon after a 130 km journey from Griffith. Fatigue and loss of concentration caused a few incidents but we all made it. l can tell you I am off the bike 🚴for awhile pending return to normal of certain parts of my lower anatomy returning to normal. 

We have been privileged to meet some amazing athletes (para Olympians/basketballers and footballers) on the journey. 

Last night at the Ariah Park  footy ground we had dinner with 300 others to wind up the ride and the great news was the event had generated over $450,000 to assist with research to find a cure for MND. The other great thing is our researchers are collaborating with other like minded  scientists throughout the world to help find a cure. 

Leonie and I look forward to catching up with you all on our return to home. Again thanks for all your good wishes and support.”


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Raising Funds for MND Research


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Ian McLeod, 78 year old from Narrawallee riding 100’s km fund raising.


Ian’s update: Quote “Hi all. The ride is going so well and the 80 riders are getting stronger as each day passes. Albury to Wagga was a cracker of a ride with mostly a howling wind at our backs. But the hills were still tough. I spent some kms in the van as I kept having punctures. Good timing actually!!

Thursday’s ride took us to Narrandera which was mostly good but 2 big climbs which spread out the pelotons considerably. 

Got to the bottom of my puncture problem….a tiny shard of glass which had pushed through the tyre. Off to Griffith tomorrow so will be sampling some good food and 🍷!!

Thrilled to say fund raising has gained momentum with the tally around $430,000. It is such a privilege to be involved with this MND charity. Regards from Ian and Leonie”.


Glynis’ response: Sending lots of energy his way I’m sure the calories are flowing from the support team.

Wendy wrote: You are both truly amazing – Ian and Leonie. Your ongoing support for MND is a reflection of your characters and dedication to this cause. We are so proud of you both 👏. Happy cycling 🚴‍♂️ Ian and happy catering Leonie,  stay safe. Cheers Wen Jenner 😊

Dave wrote: Great to hear how Ian is going with his ride. It’s a huge effort. I’ve seen some photos of Mollymook and Narrawallee with huge surf. Hope to be back this weekend.  


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Annette Chapman named Local Woman of the year Award


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Annette Chapman has been an integral member of the Southern Shoalhaven community for decades.

Her Fire & Rescue service of over 20 years has included prevention and training – conducting home fire safety checks for the elderly and disabled, visits to local organisations to deliver the fire safety message. Her dedication to volunteering with Surf Life Saving as an active patrol member, trainer, assessor and committee stalwart is second to none, her assistance and knowledge continues to ensure Mollymook SLSC is one of the most efficient and successful in NSW. Annette is an outstanding nomination for the South Coast Woman of the Year award and this is a well deserved accolade.

Shelley Hancock our local State Parliament member wrote: Annette Chapman is being celebrated with a Local Woman of the Year Award in recognition of the significant contribution she has made to the South Coast community and congratulated Annette on the honour, acknowledging her hard work for the region with an unflagging passion to make the South Coast a better place.

Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor congratulated the State’s Local Women of the Year Award recipients.

“These women are the backbone of their communities, volunteering their time and energy to make a positive difference,” she said.

“I would like to acknowledge their significant efforts to support their local communities and thank them for all the amazing work they do.”

The Local Woman of the Year Awards are one way the NSW Government celebrates the achievements of women as part of International Women’s Day on March 8 2022.

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Annette Chapman (Pic used with permission)

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Travelling Film Festival (TFF), the regional tour of Sydney Film Festival, will return to Ulladulla from 11—13 March 2022 at Arcadia Twin Cinemas. The program will showcase nine acclaimed feature films and two exceptional Australian short films, direct from last year’s Sydney Film Festival and other major international festivals.

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Fund Raiser for MND Research


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Ian providing information on his upcoming ‘PedalCure4FightMND’ 850 km ride around the Riverina.


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Laura gives a moving speech in regard to her MND fund raising experience

Fund Raiser for MND Research

Ian writes: “The Friday evening ‘do’ at our home was a great success in the  main due to the wonderful support given by you all. The weather caused a little concern but the happy atmosphere prevailed and nobody’s  spirits were too dampened.

The evening was touched with mixed emotions ranging from a having a good time to a few tears and everything in between. The reason for this was that I was allowed to use some local MND stories to highlight the terrible effects this disease can have. Firstly Max Woodward’s loss of his bubbly wife Jo and secondly Robbie’s loss of her God daughter(mother and athlete) at 44.

Then what a delight it was to have our very own Laura talk about her involvement with MND and the amazing 27km swim she did to raise lots of money for MND research. For someone who was terrified about public speaking, you did so well.

Mike and Lloyd provided wonderful background music and l think Christina and Jo would have loved to do a bit more dancing. Thanks to Mike and Lloyd.

I think we all had a good time with good food and company abounding.

I would like to say the Mollymook Swimmers have been wonderful contributors to the MND cause and I thank you for your support.

My dear wife Leonie and her helpers, thanks for making the evening so special.

Regards to all. I’ll pedal long and hard to support MND”. Link: MND Fund Raiser

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Welsh Island, Narrawallee Ocean Swim Classic


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Intrepid group of Mollymook Ocean Swimmers prior to their Welsh Island to Narrawallee Ocean Swim. (Pic credit, Leonie)


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Pic: The route from ‘Welsh Island to

Narrawallee and return. Pic credit: Dave. (Hans also sent in a route pic)

Take Us to the Morning Sun in ‘Nazza’


Mike provides the following report: “After weeks of meticulous planning and kilometres of arduous ocean racing preparation, a bunch of intrepid Mollymook ocean swimmers took the journey to Narrawallee (aka ‘Nazza’) to participate in the inaugural Welsh Island Classic.

Why? I hear you ask. Well, it was because we are inspired by aquatic life, plus by late February, Summer’s on the run. People told us ‘bout the Welsh Island way so we thought we’d have some fun. They didn’t try and hold us back. There was nothin’ they could say.

So there we were – ‘goggled eyes in paradise – and we went to swim today . . . [humming]

Take us to the morning sun in Nazza (Oh-oh-oh)
Take us where this classic swim
Gonna treat us so right, so right, so right

We waded in just north of Welsh Island (cartographically known as ‘unnamed island’) and swam around its eastern shore. In open water now, we headed south towards the far corner of Narrawallee beach where we frolicked among the waves.  Once everyone arrived, we regrouped and set off on the return journey.  

As we passed Welsh Island for the second time, we could almost smell the scrumptious brunch, beneath the sunny sky. Barista coffees comin’ to us baby ’cause right before our eyes, our hosts Sue and Chris together with a generous band of helpers and supporters were preparing for our return.  Thanks so much to Sue and Chris for opening their home and lending their name to this classic event, and thanks to Greg for his wonderful brain wave in conceiving it.

We had so much fun in the post swim debrief . . . Friends talking on the balcony, talkin’ ’bout sea life love, talkin’ ’bout the rocks and waves, and the way they shake    us     up . . . [singing]

Take us to the morning sun in Nazza (Oh-oh-oh)
Take us where this classic swim
Has treated us so right, so right, so right

[also inspired by Dragon and ScoMo]

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Welsh Island, Narrawallee – Ocean Swim

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Welsh Island, Narrawallee Ocean Swim – Preview (Pic credit: Sue)


‘Welsh Island’ Classic this Sunday, February 20, 2022


Greg has provided the following details: Narrawallee Part 2, another scenic swim.

Meeting 6;30  @ 51 Matron Porter Drive  Narrawallee. (Just look for the ‘Welsh Manor’)

This swim will be a beach start (opposite ‘Welsh Manor’) out around ‘Welsh Island’,  then head south to the southern end of Narrawallee beach (re group) and head back northwards, around ‘Welsh Island’ and into the beach. Here we will regroup and head to the ‘Welsh manor’ for a fresh shower and scrumptious  light breakfast, followed up with coffee. It will be fantastic …

(Swim approx. 2kms , water temp expected to be just lovely with a light northerly wind.)

Look forward 2cu there for swim adventure number 2. Regards, GSM😎

Comments from last Saturday’s Jones Beach to Narrawallee swim qualifier

Glynis wrote: “Well done everyone maybe next time I will join you elite swimmers. I was in Sydney for the weekend, was thinking about you all !!” 

John Sarich (nee Smeeth) wrote: “What an awesome swim. Looking forward to having a crack at that swim on my next visit down south”. 

Beijing Winter Olympics reminder,

Don’t forget our ‘Mollymook connection’, Sami Kennedy-Sim will compete on Thursday February 17. Details and times on my recent post: Link – Sami – Beijing Winter Olympics.