Eden Chit Chat community listings

Eden Market

This Saturday, 15th, 10am to 2pm in the Uniting Church grounds, Chandos St.

Come along and have a special cuppa from Regino Coffee and authentic Greek snack or meal while you enjoy the music. All the usual stalls.

Local heroes

This week on Rotary Local Heroes, following news round up with Gav and Colin, we have another terrific line-up of guests. At 9am Anthony Osborne, general manager of Sapphire Coast Tourism will be in the chair. Bill Dejong, former president of Merimbula Rotary club will be on at 10, and at 11 Colin will be joined by Libby Hepburn, chair of the Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness. Another week of local talent with great stories to share. Join us on 97.5 FM from 8.30am every Friday.

Friends meeting

Friends of the Eden Killer Whale Museum will meet at the Museum on Wednesday July 19 at 9am. All Welcome. 

Tax Help

Once again the Eden Community Access Centre is offering the Volunteer Tax Help Program. If you’re tax affairs are simple and you earned around $60,000 or less you may be eligible for free help with your tax return. Tax Help appointment will commence on Tuesday July 25. Contact us on 6496 3970 to make an appointment.

Free legal advice

On Wednesday, July 26, a solicitor from Nowra’s Shoalcoast Community Legal Centre will be visiting Eden Access Centre between 1030am and 1.30pm.

Shoalcoast is situated in Nowra and regularly offers free telephone advice to residents of the South Coast. Shoalcoast solicitors are experienced in resolving many types of legal problems. Advice clinics provide residents of the south coast with a good opportunity to get free professional advice regarding their legal problem.

Appointments can be made for many types of legal problems – Shoalcoast deals with most non-commercial areas of law, including consumer credit and debt, family law involving children, victims compensation for childhood assault, sexual assault or domestic violence, Centrelink problems, employment and tenancy.

For an appointment please telephone Shoalcoast Community Legal Centre on 1800 229 529 or 4422 9529.

Shoalcoast’s other services include telephone advice sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 12pm and community legal education for groups and organisations.

Wild support for Legacy

Bega Valley Legacy was taken slightly aback when a donation was received last week from Wild Rye’s Baking Company in Pambula. The bakery’s principal, Todd Wiebe, opened his bakery on Anzac Day this year before and after the service in Pambula.

They split the takings received between Bega Valley Legacy and Merimbula-Pambula Support Services. Both groups received $462.50, a most generous contribution.


The next lunch meeting of Merimbula Day VIEW Club will be held at Merimbula RSL  on Friday July 14.  Lunch is served at noon and those attending are asked to be at the club as close to 11.30am as possible to place their orders.

This month’s guest speaker will be telling about her time working in East Timor and any ladies who are looking for friendship, fun and hearing interesting guest speakers while supporting the work of The Smith Family assisting disadvantaged Australian children make the most of their education, would be most welcome.

Thursday  July 20  at 11.30am is the date for the Brunch at the Airport and if you would like to attend this informal function, please ring Meryll Davey on 6495 6509 . On Friday August 11, the club will be celebrating its 20th birthday with a Chinese theme and we are delighted to advise that VIEW National President Gwen Wilton will be our special guest.  Due to the renovations being undertaken at the RSL Club, numbers will be limited, so ladies if you wish to attend, please put your names down as soon as possible.

Other coming events are Eden VIEW’s Christmas in July on Monday July 24  and our fund raising Fashion Parade on Friday October 20.

Bega Valley Legacy's Rex Kermode thanks Todd Wiebe from Wild Rye's.

Bega Valley Legacy's Rex Kermode thanks Todd Wiebe from Wild Rye's.

Lions changeover

Pambula Merimbula Lions held their 52nd changeover on Saturday, July 8 at Club Sapphire and were joined by Mayor Kristy McBain, who spoke on the value of volunteers in the Bega Valley.

Outgoing president Robyn Bedford mentioned many events in which Lions had been involved during the year including the barbecue breakfast for 200 motorcyclists participating in the Wall to Wall Ride, lights for Christmas and the Jazz Festival, involvement with the Chamber of Commerce focus groups, involvement in local schools, the Peace Poster Contest, Youth of the Year Program, representation on the CCASE Committee and the Merimbula Gift.  

“We reached out to other groups with our support of the project to give dementia sufferers in nursing homes their own iPod with music especially programmed for their musical tastes and to the young man we helped on his journey to athletics competitions in Canada and another on his journey to getting enough driving skills and hours to obtain his licence.  We sent three young people on the District Youth Camp and two to an Outward Bound Navigator course.”

Also announced this year was the donation by Lions of $250,000 towards the construction of family and carers' accommodation for the new South East Regional Hospital, Bega.

Ms Bedford said it had been a pleasure to be president for 2016/17 and wished Tony Criddle good luck as he embarked on another rotation as president.