Dry zones for New Year’s Eve

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DRY zones will apply across Eyre Peninsula for New Year’s Eve celebrations.
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Dry zones will apply across Eyre Peninsula for New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Along with the permanent central business district dry zone in Port Lincoln and township dry zones in Ceduna and Thevenard, there will be dry zones at the foreshore and business precincts in Coffin Bay, Cummins, Streaky Bay, Elliston, Port Kenny, Venus Bay, Kimba, Arno Bay and Cowell.

Port Lincoln City Council community development manager Janet Grocke said the onus was on licensed premises as well as individuals to keep New Year’s Eve safe.

“Responsible use and service of alcohol plays a part in everyone enjoying their New Year’s Eve festivities.”

Elliston District Council chairman Kym Callaghan said the dry zones in Elliston, Port Kenny and Venus Bay would be in place from 9pm New Year’s Eve to 8am on January 1.

He said dry zones had proven effective in the past.

“This is the fourth year that council has had dry zones operating in consultation with SAPOL and they have operated without incident,” he said.

“On behalf of all elected members and council staff, we hope that all our residents and visitors have a safe and happy holidays and take care of each other on New Year’s Eve and throughout the holidays.”

Cummins and Coffin Bay dry zones will apply from 9pm to 8am, with the Streaky Bay foreshore dry zone applying from 6pm to 8am.

The Kimba township dry zone and Cowell foreshore dry zone will apply from 9pm to 8am, and the Arno Bay foreshore dry zone will apply from 11pm to 8am.

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Family saves stranded dolphin

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DOLPHIN: Mathew Christian saved this dolphin at Coffin Bay National Park on Sunday.A FISHING trip turned into an unexpected adventure for a Coomunga family on Sunday when they came across a stranded dolphin at The Pool in Coffin Bay National Park.
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Mathew, Chelsea and one-and-a-half-year-old Destiny Christian embarked on a mission to save the dolphin from a crop of seaweed.

Mrs Christian said the family had just come in from fishing when they saw the dolphin.

“As we were getting closer we could hear the squeals, so we thought it was definitely stressed,” she said.

Another dolphin was in open water nearby calling to the stranded dolphin.

Mr Christian tied rope around his waist to keep himself anchored to his tinny where Mrs Christian and Destiny were watching the rescue, while he guided the dolphin out of the seaweed and into a clear, deeper sinkhole.

Mrs Christian said he wanted to tow the dolphin out further but could not keep a grip on it once it reached the sinkhole.

However Mr Christian was confident once the tide came in, it would clear the path for the dolphin to reach open water.

The family watched from their campsite as the dolphin frolicked in the pool and then a few hours later, disappeared, most likely out to sea.

“We could see him jumping around and getting more excited, and then he was gone.”

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Three-month deadline for RSPCA to address noise

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THE RSPCA has another three months to do something to reduce the noise coming from its Port Lincoln facility on Happy Valley Road.
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The RSPCA has another three months to do something to reduce the noise from barking dogs coming from its Port Lincoln facility.

In a report to the Port Lincoln City Council meeting last week, council staff recommended taking action against the RSPCA under the Development Act for the unlawful use of the dwelling as an office at the facility, and making an order under the Local Government Act requiring the RSPCA to refrain from keeping animals on the property to abate the noise nuisance.

However councillors voted not to take action at this stage.

A report will be provided to the council within three months outlining the outcome of investigations and action by the RSPCA to reduce the noise.

The RSPCA’s chief executive officer Tim Vasudeva will also be invited to meet with councillors to discuss how to resolve the noise issue.

The council’s development and environment executive director Rosa Gagetti said it appeared short term measures proposed by the RSPCA earlier this year had either not been implemented or had been unsuccessful because there had been frequent ongoing complaints and an Environmental Protection Authority noise audit conducted in October showed an unacceptable level of noise.

A report commissioned by the RSPCA recommends certain measures could be taken to alleviate the noise such as planting along the western boundary next to the neighbouring fence and placing a carport over the boarding kennels and adoption kennels with the sides covered in.

However it went on to state that even with these measures in place it was unlikely the noise levels would meet the EPA requirements.

Another option could be for the RSPCA to relocate to a more suitable premises such as Hassell Road where the council’s pound is located.

“The RSPCA has expressed an interest in this option however has been slow on the uptake despite several attempts by staff to initiate discussion,” Ms Gagetti said.

“In the meantime the residents continue to be impacted by the noise level with little or no relief on the horizon.”

Councillor Diana Mislov said the RSPCA provided a valuable service to the community and the council should work with the organisation.

She suggested giving the RSPCA a three month deadline to report back to the council on what it was doing to reduce the noise.

Councillor Danny Bartlett said councillors needed to put aside their feelings about the good work done by the RSPCA.

“Ultimately it’s a planning and development issue.

“Consulting with them hasn’t worked yet.

“Really we need to be in a position to force the issue.”

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City gives reward to catch vandals

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City gives reward to catch vandals The City of Busselton is offering a $500 reward to any person who can provide information which leads to the successful conviction of a vandal who destroyed Barnard Park on December 20.
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The City of Busselton is offering a $500 reward to any person who can provide information which leads to the successful conviction of a vandal who destroyed Barnard Park on December 20.

The City of Busselton is offering a $500 reward to any person who can provide information which leads to the successful conviction of a vandal who destroyed Barnard Park on December 20.

The City of Busselton is offering a $500 reward to any person who can provide information which leads to the successful conviction of a vandal who destroyed Barnard Park on December 20.

The City of Busselton is offering a $500 reward to any person who can provide information which leads to the successful conviction of a vandal who destroyed Barnard Park on December 20.

The City of Busselton is offering a $500 reward to any person who can provide information which leads to the successful conviction of a vandal who destroyed Barnard Park on December 20.

The City of Busselton is offering a $500 reward to any person who can provide information which leads to the successful conviction of a vandal who destroyed Barnard Park on December 20.

The City of Busselton is offering a $500 reward to any person who can provide information which leads to the successful conviction of a vandal who destroyed Barnard Park on December 20.

The City of Busselton is offering a $500 reward to any person who can provide information which leads to the successful conviction of a vandal who destroyed Barnard Park on December 20.

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WWI in the Herald: December 15, 1914

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TUESDAY 15 DECEMBER 1914

A question of much interest and of very great importance to Australia is now being raised in regard to contracts with the enemy.

This arises out of the fact that the Germans have contracted with Broken Hill mining companies to purchase their base metals for a term of years which extends considerably beyond the present period.

It is held that the effect of the war is merely to suspend these contracts, to introduce therefore a moratorium period, to terminate at the conclusion of hostilities, and that thereafter the contract should continue for its full period, adding to it the term of suspension.

The Federal Government has urged that the Imperial Government should take some action to guard against the continuation of these contracts.

This is advocated from two points of view. In the first place, the suspension of the contracts and the inability to deal with the metals is creating a financial and labour loss to Australia, while British shareholders in the companies are also being deprived of dividends.

The second ground is that it is undesirable that a foreign country should ever be allowed again to control the output of the baser metals of Australia or of any other British country.

From a commercial and political point of view this is highly unsatisfactory, while from its strategical aspect it is still more so. A

n English financial paper, without entering into the details of the laws relating to private international contracts, urges that “the Imperial Government should declare all contracts with Germans closed.

Then, if the English courts were against them, then the House of Lords should take the bold action of abrogating contracts.

The Imperial Government should also give a guarantee against any loss until the installation of the smelting company was completed.”

This is an advocacy of that force majeure, which could only be maintained so long as the balance of power in Europe was not against Britain. But before adopting so drastic a measure it is certain that the British authorities and the most able jurists will consider the whole question critically in all its aspects. In the first place the honour of Britain has to be maintained. Much is said about German dishonesty at the present day, but that would not justify Britain in resorting to similar practices.

Speaking broadly, it may be said that international law, so far at all events as it affects private contracts, rests not upon the right of the State which concedes it, but on that of the State to which it is conceded.

Prior to this dictum being laid down it was contended that such contracts or agreements were founded merely upon the reciprocal good will of the nations.

They could, even in that view, be voided, but the State exercising this right must justify herself to the world. This brings one really to the issue as to how contracts can be voided without mere repudiation or annulment by virtue of a Parliamentary declaration.

In the standard work “Chitty on Contracts,” it is held that private contracts of any kind, whether international or otherwise, can be voided by impossibility of execution, that is, a change in the law of the country which supervenes upon and contradicts a private agreement.

A law might be passed for instance declaring that no Australian base metals should be exported to other than British dominions, and that only under guarantees that they would not be passed on in a crude state to foreign countries.

It would be within the power of the Federal Parliament to enforce such a condition of affairs by imposing export duties on base metals exported to other countries so heavy as to stop this trade, while there would be no duty on the metals exported to England or to British Dominions. Such an impost would necessarily require that the fullest arrangements should have been made for the establishment of works on a sufficient scale in Britain.

But after all this would merely be an expedient to break a contract which, however unsatisfactory from its natural aspect, was entered into willingly and carried out honourably on both sides until the outbreak of war.

The real issue is as to whether it would not be more to the credit and honour of Great Britain to allow the contracts to be completed after the war, and in the meantime to start works for dealing with the metals which can at first be on a small scale and subsequently can expand when the whole output falls into British hands.

There is no reason why such works should not be established in Australia as well as in Britain if the necessary capital is forthcoming.

A large company might find it to its advantage to work in both countries.

Whether the Imperial or Federal Governments should give assistance to such a project is a matter which might very well be taken into consideration.

Paris, Monday.

The following official communique has been received:-

We repelled three violent attacks which were made by the enemy’s infantry south-east of Ypres.

Attacks north-west of Senones have also been foiled.

Substantial progress has been made in the vicinity of La Pretre wood.

A previous communique states:- A German attack north-east of Ypres and another against the railway station at Aspach were repulsed.

London, Monday.

The correspondent of the London “Daily Telegraph” at Calais states that the Allies are vigorously and successfully pushing the offensive in Flanders.

The superiority of their artillery is incontestable, giving them marked advantages. The daring strategy of the French is one initial cause of success.

The line of battle forms a zig-zag from Ostend to Lys, along which the Allies are gradually advancing. They also hold a strong position north-east of Armentieres.

The inundations extend from several miles south of Nieuport to the south of Dixmude.

As the Germans are clearly incapable of taking a serious offensive, they renewed the bombardment, relatively unimportant, of localities like Ypres, Nieuport, and Pervyse. This is interpreted as a desire to mislead the Allies.

London, Monday.

The correspondent of the “Daily Chronicle” at Calais says that he passed three days between Ypres and La Bassee.

The Anglo-French troops bore the brunt of repeated German assaults, and getting in the trenches began simultaneously, from Menin to Warneton on the one wing, and from Armentieres to La Bassee on the other, leaving the supporting forces between Warneton and Armentieres to await the result.

Houthem, where thousands of Germans perished in November, marks the northern limit of the battle. The country towards Warneton is very open, gentle undulations facilitating artillery fire, to support advancing infantry, while the hills on the southern wing offer good cover to the defenders, owing to the numerous copses, thickets, and woods.

Here, where the natural obstacles wherewith we have been contending for the past two months, were infinitely more formidable than elsewhere, we achieved the greater success, as a prelude to the capture of La Bassee itself.

The Germans on the northern wing, suddenly abandoning defence tactics, made wild onslaughts with the bayonet on our positions. They suffered heavily, and had been within an ace of piercing the front lines.

They came in loose order at a steady but brisk walk, every man firing at random, and often advancing regardless of casualties.

They succeeded in driving back the first line of the Allies’ trenches.

These were eastward of Messines, which was also the scene of brilliant charges in the last stage of the battle of Ypres.

The triumph was short lived, inasmuch as the Allies’ troops, supporting the trenches, hurled them yards to the rear, and poured deadly volleys into their confused ranks.

They were eventually pursued by the bayonet to the won trenches.

A bloodier encounter followed northward in the forest, where the British position had been made almost impregnable by means of felled trees, stones, earth, and barbed-wire entanglements.

The Germans shelled the obstructions with smashing effect, our guns responding.

Waves upon waves of the enemy rushed upon the entanglements, courting speedy destruction, inasmuch as the Allies’ positions bristled with artillery.

The Germans by sheer weight of numbers removed the obstructions, although they mere mauled and mowed down in the act, several falling into our trenches without rifles, and without caps or uniform, and with torn bodies.

The attacks ended abruptly. They were flung back into sickening losses.

A regiment of Uhlans, charging a battalion of our men pursuing a broken infantry detachment, became entangled in the underwood, and their horses were shot.

Some of the Uhlans fought on foot, and others fled with the infantry.

Several battalions of British Territorials participated in the battle. The sixth battalion of the Welsh Territorials held their trench as unflinchingly as any line regiment.

The regulars do not conceal their admiration of the Territorials generally, and the Allies are delighted.

Many appropriated German entrenching tools, which are admirably adapted to slicing soft clay soils with the minimum of physical strain.

Sofia, Monday.

The Turks have informed the Libyans that the “holy war” is exclusively against Britain, France and Russia.

Petrograd, Sunday.

The manifesto issued by the Aga Khan, head of the Ismaili Mahommedans, is being circulated through Central Asia by the Mufti of Orenburg, the most eastern of the Russian governments in Europe. It urges all Russian Moslems to fight for Russia.

Cairo, Monday.

Refugees report that the Germans were testing a bridge at Lake Tiberias (the Sea of Galilee), which is intended for use in the Suez Canal.

The Arabs in Syria are displaying unwillingness to invade Egypt, and have been replaced by Turks.

(From Embarkation Rolls)

Private Thomas William Blayden, Scone, 4th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements

Private John Everett Bore, Bellbird, 4th Infantry Battalion, 4th Reinforcements

Private John Chamberlain, Hamilton, 4th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements

Hot New Year for road racers

16/02/2019 Posted by admin

YOU may have passed them on the road, even on the hottest afternoons. It would have been Dylan Sunderland and Ryan Thomas, two promising young cyclists who are preparing for some gruelling races at the dawn of the new year.
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BIG POTENTIAL: Inverell elite riders Ryan Thomas and Dylan Sunderland will be ambassadors for Inverell when they attend powerhouse events early next year.

Thomas, 19, races with the Data#3 Symantec Racing Team and Sunderland, who turns 18 on January 1, is a member of the Cellarbrations team, soon to be renamed AMR Renault Racing.

Thomas has been racing in the under 23s category for two years, but this will be a step up for Sunderland who graduates from the under 17s in a little over a week.

The two are training for two powerhouse events in Victoria. The first is the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic criterium series at Geelong from January 2-5. Eyes will be on the Nationals a few days later, but Thomas the Mitchelton Bay ‘Crits’ bring out the best.

“All the Australian professionals will be there, so it’s still a big race. But yeah, it’s just prep for us for the Nationals on the 11th,” Thomas said.

The Classic is a criterium a day for four days. Both will compete in the international men’s elite teams category.

They stay in Victoria for the 2015 MARS Cycling Australia Road National Championships from January 7-11. Sunderland and Thomas will race in the criterium through the streets of Ballarat on Wednesday night and the 138km road race on Saturday.

Thomas said the road race will be confronting, comprised of 13 laps of a 10.5km course which features a 3km climb.

To train for that climb, the pair has been doing ‘lookout loops’ from the bottom of Inverell to the top of the lookout on Warialda Road for strength training.

Thomas said they are ready.

“Super ready.I think we’ve done four weeks of strength block now, so we’re just progressing.

“We’re just getting stronger and stronger every week,” Thomas said.

“We’re just starting to move into a speed block now, so we can start building up a race fitness.”

Both riders hope to spend time with their teams in Europe in 2015, absorbing the atmosphere of hard-core cycling that is embedded in the culture.

Meanwhile, Thomas said the domestic scene is no slouch on the international stage.

“The National Road Series road winners, they could be some of the best riders in the world. The level that Australia is coming up is massive.”

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Body blow to self-defence claim: $1,500 fine and bond after assault at party

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BOND: A man has been fined and given a good behaviour bond over an assault.A MAN who assaulted another and left his victim semi-conscious on the ground failed in his bid to defend the charge by claiming it was self defence.
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Terrance Ronald Wright, of Jonathon Road Orange, appeared before magistrate, Terry Lucas, in Orange Local Court on Thursday to face sentencing.

His solicitor Mason Manwaring argued his client had been at a party and three people had approached him and he thought he would be hit.

“So he hit the complainant … there is no evidence of any ongoing damage to the complainant,” Mr Manwaring said.

“He believed he acted in self defence.”

Police facts said officers arrived at the scene of a brawl in Buckland Drive and Diamond Drive at about 4am on Sunday, July 12 where they found an “unresponsive male on the ground”.

A witness pointed out 20-year-old Wright, to officers, as the assailant.

Mr Manwaring told Mr Lucas his client would accept the consequences of his actions despite his initial not guilty plea.

“There’s an acknowledgment that had he not been affected by some alcohol it probably wouldn’t have happened,” Mr Manwaring said.

He said it was unfortunate that it was a common story when six young men were consuming alcohol.

Mr Lucas had ordered a pre-sentence report which meant he had considered sending Wright to prison.

He told him he could face up to two years in jail for the charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and he could be fined up to $3500.

“It’s a very serious matter, there were injuries and blood was spilled,” Mr Lucas said.

He fined him $1500 and gave him a 12-month good behaviour bond.

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Steve Smyth tours with Exits

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Steve Smyth will perform in Merimbula. STEVE Smyth is on a mammoth national tour in support of his stunning debut album, Exits.
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He has a voice churned up in bourbon-soaked Louisiana gravel that soars to the heavens at times with its sweetness.

After experiencing Smyth, it’s tempting to compare him with some of the great vocalists of the past few decades.

After Smyth’s first two Exits singles Shake It and Written Or Spoken being well received at community radio and Double J, and his recent performance at Pigsty Festival, he returns from a month long tour in Spain in time to release Exits and get back on the Aussie road.

Smyth and his band will be covering major cities and regional towns across this fine land.

In Spain he ended the stint playing with the likes of Massive Attack, The Hives, and Kaiser Chiefs at Low Festival in Benidorm.

From the streets of Barcelona to touring alongside the likes of The Killers, Angus and Julia Stone, Lanie Lane and Kim Churchill, Smyth has proven time and time again to be devastating in the live setting.

Smyth will be performing on January 6 at Club Sapphire, Merimbula with doors open at 8pm and tickets $15.

The event is ages 18 and over.

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Bomaderry’s two clubs plan amalgamation

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Bomaderry RSL Club secretary manager Brett Hill and Bomaderry Bowling Club secretary manager Garry Wilbraham talk about the future of the two clubs as one unit.BOMADERRY RSL Club has announced it will amalgamate with the Bomaderry Bowling Club.
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The move, if finalised, will be a lifeline for the RSL club which was struggling financially with losses of about $20,000 per month.

If another club had not agreed to amalgamate the RSL Club would have been liquidated.

Negotiations between the two clubs boards started earlier this year after the RSL club put out an expression of interest for amalgamation.

Two clubs answered the call with Bomaderry Bowling Club being selected as a possible partner.

The RSL club’s membership voted in favour of the amalgamation however the agreement cannot be considered formal until the bowling club’s membership votes on the proposal.

Bomaderry Bowling Club secretary manager Garry Wilbraham said the next step in the process was for the bowling club to offer information evenings about what the merger would mean before his club’s members are asked to vote at an extraordinary general meeting.

“This is not a purchase, it will mean the assets and the debts of the club will come across to us. But the assets far outweigh the debts,” he said.

“For the bowling club’s long term growth this is a good move. It also makes sense from a business point of view to have one club in Bomaderry rather than having our two clubs competing.”

The RSL Club has two permanent staff and 15 casual staff and Mr Wilbraham said the Bowling club would look after the staff.

“We will keep the RSL Club going pretty much as it is for the next six months and then re-assess after that,” he said.

Amalgamations and liquidations of smaller clubs are becoming the norm across NSW.

Each month for the past few months two clubs in NSW have put their hand up notifying they are in financial distress.

The club industry blames dwindling profits on a combination of smoking bans, tightened restrictions on drinking, changes in patron behaviour and a push by the government to reduce poker machine numbers.

“There has been a cultural change,” Mr Wilbraham said.

“It’s a bit like the disappearance of corner stores. People’s lives are different now. One example is the six O’Clock swill has definitely gone,” he said.

Bomaderry RSL Club secretary manager Brett Hills said the time had come to reshape the club’s future.

“An amalgamation would mean two groups of members would become one and the benefits of that combined membership would improve the long-term survival of the clubs,” he said.

“This is a good thing for the Bomaderry RSL Club.”

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New Years at the Murrah with sacred cow and Dinesh Moylan

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Sarah Cowan (second from right) and her band sacred cow will be playing at the Murrah for New Years. THIS New Year is shaping up to what looks like the busiest in years for the Murrah.
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A music and dance night will be held at the Murrah Hall on January 3 from 8pm, with bands sacred cow and Dinesh Moylan performing.

Unable to feel comfortable in any pre-existing genre, Moylan had to create his own, calling it “country and Eastern”.

His songs are cooked up from a strange brew, with ingredients gathered from a childhood spent in Canberra and Greece; time spent in India; blues, rock and roots music, and distilled through the solitude of a crystal clear mountain morning.

Sarah Cowan is delighted to be bringing the latest mutation of the sacred cow herd back to the Murrah Hall.

With their genre-hopping, original repertoire of blues, rock, pop and social commentary, sacred cow’s earthy songs are delivered with groove and enough contagious enthusiasm to have you singing along and stomping the dance floor from start to finish.

Cowan’s distinctive voice, melodic tunings and percussive guitar style are ably supported by Pete Rich’s (Oz Rock Roadshow) gut-felt guitar, Jeremy C Kemp’s (Spicy Fruit Chutney) sweet and funky bass sounds and colourful drummer, Kerry Mather’s dancing rhythms.

Add Jo Baxter’s stunning harmonies and you have a band who are just as comfortable playing a sweet love song as they are ripping it up with an anti-establishment rock anthem.

This really will be a night of something fresh for your cover-jaded, karaoke-bored ears, with song writing of the highest order.

And make sure you remember to bring your dancing shoes!

The Murrah Hall is a family friendly venue and community meeting place and the best live music and dance hotspot.

Moylan and sacred cow have both recently released their newest CDs, available on the night.

They will be playing at the Murrah Hall, 15km south of Bermagui, on January 3 from 8pm with gates open at 7.30pm.

Tickets are $20 and $15 concession.

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