Bega Volleyball

WE are now into the last round of this volleyball competition. The count down has begun with only five games left until the finals.
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As B-Division played throughout the school holidays, last Thursday was their night of rest with all B-teams having a bye.

The results for the other games were as follows:

A-Grade:

Merimbula defeated Pambula due to a forfeit. Pambula borrowed a player for a game anyway but they were no match for Merimbula who won 3-0. Alex excelled at the net with great spiking.

LJ Hooker-1 defeated Scotties Electrical 2:1 – This was a close game with good spiking seen on both sides. Both teams showed their skill through long rallies.

A-Reserve:

LJ Hooker-II defeated Men In Black 3:0 – This was a closer game than the score shows. It was a tough game with Men In Black improving every set to almost win over LJ Hooker-II. Some great spikes seen by David.

Bank Hotel defeated Staffords Chocker Blocker 3:0 – Bank Hotel were just too strong on the vital points. Staffords look like strong improvers who will threaten all teams.

DRAW: The draw for Thursday, August 8 is as follows.

Court 1 (6.30) Wadio v Inefficient; (7.30) Merimbula v Scotties Electrical; (8.30) Pambula Joinery v LJ Hooker-1. Referee LJ Hooker-1. Last game: Scotties Electrical.

Court 2 (6.30) Trail Riders v Demons; (7.30) LJ Hooker-II v Staffords Chocker Blocker; (8.30) Bank Hotel v Men In Black. Referee Bank Hotel. Last game: LJ Hooker II. Bye: Black Sorrows.

After the Grand Final a Presentation and Trivia Night will be held at the Bega Bowling Club and we are looking for volunteers to help with the preparations. If you are interested please see Verena at volleyball.

We still have some players with outstanding rego payments, you will find your names on the scoreboard so please pay up.

Also, the second half of the team fee is overdue, all teams are listed showing their outstanding court fees.

Should you have any questions please address your matter to Aleks, our treasurer.

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Poor service a key problem

The level of service delivery in Batemans Bay has been identified as one of the issues holding the town back in terms of tourism potential.
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Chamber of Commerce president Geoff Hatton told last week’s Chamber meeting that the seasonality of the Bay’s tourism trade made it difficult to get trained staff for peak periods.

He said this could result in poor customer service, and visitors going away with a bad impression of the area.

The issue is one Chamber hopes to address as part of a $100,000 tourism grant pledged by the Federal Government.

Mr Hatton said part of the funding would be used for customer service training.

He said Eurobodalla Adult Education had been working with an expert to put together

a “train the trainers” program to help local businesses develop skilled staff.

A component of the funding will also be used for banners on light poles in Batemans Bay, with the bulk going to Eurobodalla Tourism for further marketing.

Mr Hatton said the contracts had to be finalised by June 30 and he was hoping to see the training and banners in place before Christmas this year.

Meanwhile, a major marketing campaign for the area is scheduled to kick off this weekend.

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Wednesday ladies squash

WELCOME to both new and old players to the second competition for 2002.
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We have 35 players entered in this comp with 5 players per team. The teams are:

Greg’s Pro Shop – Julie Graham, Veronica Tonkin, Kylie D’Arcy, Sharon Pearce, Chris Luke.

Jewellery For You – Robyn Koellner, Bev Tarlinton, Katrina Galeano, Mary Tarlinton, Pam Lawler.

Caragher Steel Fabrication – Corinna Norris, Olive Allen, Kim Wheeler, Nicole Eadie, Julie Bass.

Collins Street – Jane Thelan, Andrea Richards, Cindy Apps, Suzie Steward, Mandy Mallard.

V & H Motor Repairs – Vicki Hanscombe, Jenny Beresford, Annette Nichols, Vanessa de Jong, Tania Harrington.

Finch’s Ice Creamery – Sharlene Smith, Lisa Newton, Terese Robinson, Marie Smith, Joanne Carriage.

Valley Mist Flowers – Kelly Parbery, Trish Westmore, Tonia Lee, Pam Black, Renee Eaves.

Draw for Week 1, August 7, 2002:

Collins Street v Caragher Steel; Jewellery For You v V&H Motors; Valley Mist v Greg’s Pro Shop; Finch’s – bye.

If you require a sub for Week 1 please phone Bev Tarlinton on 6493-2522.

Due to 5 players per team it is vital that play commences at 9.30am sharp – see you at the courts!

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Experience counts with tourists

Tourists are responding to the experiences the Eurobodalla has to offer, with sales increases of up to 40 per cent recorded at the shire’s visitors’ centres.
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Tourism manager John Pugsley told last week’s Batemans Bay Chamber of Commerce meeting sales were up by 40 per cent in October, December, and January, and by 25 per cent in November compared to the previous year.

“We would have 600 people through the door on a good day in January,” Mr Pugsley said.

“People are not just buying accommodation, the biggest growth is from people buying experiences.

“We have more experiences on offer and we have improved how we sell them.”

Mr Pugsley said the current tourism season had defied the “doom and gloom” predictions made in October.

“We were expecting people not to be able to afford to go away,” he said.

“(But) the buoyancy in the market place has surprised us.”

Mr Pugsley said it was important all tourist providers continually reviewed their product.

“If people have a good experience, they will tell 10 others,” he said, “if they have a bad one, they will tell 50.

“We can market all we like but word-of-mouth advertising is very important.”

Mr Pugsley said the tourist season was “not over by a long shot”.

“We have a major campaign that starts on Valentine’s Day,” he said.

“Although we have got gloom and doom, we are trying to get people to spend as much as possible on holidays in the Eurobodalla.”

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Junior squash

THE Bega Valley Carpet Choice Bega Junior Squash spring competition will commence with grading this Friday night, August 9.
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All new players must turn up at 5pm to be tested by Zip Summerell.

All Division 3 must be there for as well for testing and then grading will commence.

A list of players needed for grading from Division 1 and 2 will be in Friday’s paper.

Grading games will cost $3.00 per player.

Those not required for grading who turn up to use courts will have to pay normal court hire fee.

Championships: If you have not put your name down and you wish to play in the Championships you must ring Tony Hanscombe on 6492-3085 as soon as possible.

Anyone interested in playing in the BV Carpet Choice Spring Competition who has not put their name down, please ring Keri Blacker on 6492-1585 or Cathy Blacker on 6492-3535.

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Heat keeps numbers down

STAYING PUT: Australian Surf Rowers’ League Navy Australian Open Championships competitors stick to the beach during the heat wave on the weekend.Scorching temperatures left Broulee beach-goers reluctant to leave the sand and kept potential extra visitors away during a three-day competition on the weekend.
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Competitors in the Australian Surf Rowers’ League Navy Australian Open Championships event braved temperatures in the high 30s on Saturday. Eurobodalla Coast Tourism manager John Pugsley believes the high temperatures kept some visitors away.

“All the reports that I’ve had was that it was a fantastically organised event. I heard that from the competitors,” Mr Pugsley said.

“It really showcased to the competitors and the support teams the quality of the facilities down here and showed them a brand new area of the South Coast.”

He said the heat on Saturday, which reached 38.6 degrees at Catalina, was the reason why there were not as many spectators as expected.

Mr Pugsley said despite the natural elements going against event host, the Broulee Surf Life Saving Club, about 5000 people gathered on the sand to watch the water sport.

He said accommodation bookings were strong from North Batemans Bay to Tuross Head on the weekend, with $500,000 expected to have been pumped into the local economy.

“Financially it’s been good for the region, especially in a time where we fall off (visitor numbers),” Mr Pugsley said.

“Events like this should help us in the longer term (to attract people back to the area).”

Batemans Bay Police Station duty officer Inspector Peter Volf said police had no problems with championship competitors or spectators.

While the sand was bombarded with bodies, local businesses didn’t get as many customers as they expected.

Broulee supermarket manager Ross Harris said business was quiet on the weekend.

“There wasn’t many spectators. It was all competitors,” he said. “It was better than a normal weekend.”

He said because it was the first time Broulee had held such an event, expectations had been high.

Broulee Pizza and Takeaway owner Carlos Topez said trade was no different to other weekends.

“It was a non-event,” he said.

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Bega Squash

TICKETS are still on sale for the Presentation Dinner and Dance. They can be bought from Nadine Sheehan, Rhonda and Mark Lane, or Ricky Luke.
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Don’t forget to put your name down for the next competition and also the championships.

There is an Inter-town competition on the 25th August, Bega against Bombala in Bombala, for further information please see Dick Ruse.

On the local comp scene there is only this week left of the current competition before the semi finals begin and there are still seven undefeated players.

They are Brendan Konjevic, Gavin Parbery, Chris Sturt, Carny Lucas and Ricky Luke. (Oh and Robert Blacker undefeated A1.)

With only 1 week left of this competition the team ladders are as follows:

Division 1 – Mr Pizza 122, Kellow Parbery & Associates 107, Eagle Embroidery 105, Sapphire Coast Trophies and Turingal both on 96, and E I Pell Pty Ltd 91.

Division 2 – Chemworld Pharmacy 114, Slaters Fuel Services 107, The Highway Store 104, Bega Valley Pet and Aquarium 101, Momsen Motors 79, and Ray White Bega 71.

Division 3 – Barbeques Galore 118, M G M Panelbeaters 109, Bega Newsagency 106, I D Dickson Constructions 99, Travelworld Bega 97, and Bega Commercial Cleaners 67.

Division 4 – Bank Hotel 95, David Scott Electrical 92, Top Video 83, Goodyear Tyre Service 80, C B Smash Repairs 68, and V & H Motor Repairs 66.

Game results for this week will be pinned up on the notice board near the glass-back courts.

Week 9 Player of the Week is Megan Harris. She may not have w

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Scholarship honours much-loved teacher

BANDUR SCHOLARSHIP: Matthew Burgess, Marianne Bandur, Gayl Vidgen and Lindsay Ragg kick-start the Ivan Bandur Scholarship Trust.If you looked up the definition of the Apex Club in a dictionary, there would be a picture of Ivan Bandur next to it, according to Lindsay Ragg.
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It is less than 12 months since Ivan – a former St Bernard’s Primary School teacher – died, and Mr Ragg is working hard to ensure his memory lives on.

Mr Ragg is the driving force behind the Apex Ivan Bandur Scholarship Trust.

“We decided it was important to keep something going in Ivan’s honour,” Mr Ragg said.

“He loved his work, so we thought the Ivan Bandur Scholarship Trust was fitting.”

The purpose of the scholarship is to increase opportunities for local students who are studying to become teachers.

Applicants will have an opportunity to compete for a $2500, one-year, Diploma of Education scholarship at Wollongong University’s Batemans Bay campus.

Mr Ragg said this was the first year the 12-month curriculum had been offered at the Batemans Bay campus.

“Because so many people have to go away to study, we are hoping it will encourage someone to stay local,” he said.

In the long-term, Mr Ragg’s goal is to make the scholarship self-funding.

“If we can raise between $30,000 and $50,000, the interest will ensure the scholarship can keep running,” he said.

“It’s going well so far. We had a lot of people give money at the funeral. People have been very generous.”

Mr Ragg is running a raffle with first prize a KTM450 motorbike and second prize a 50cc minibike. Tickets cost $5 each and the winner will be drawn in July.

“We will probably need to organise some fundraiser nights down the track but we will wait and see how we go with the raffle,” he said.

“From the Batehaven IGA community chest we were given $1800. It’s just amazing how much people are prepared to give in honour of Ivan.”

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Gina wins title

BEGA WEST Public School pupil Gina Hartican (10))recently became the fastest NSW Under 11 schoolgirl in downhill snow skiing.
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She was representing the school in the recent NSW schools snow skiing competition.

Gina defeated pupils from several alpine area schools to win in a real upset.

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Vandals cost community dearly

PETTY VANDALISM: Rotary’s community service director Bev Creenaune and president Bob Lowe are disappointed by the vandalism of Rotary Park at Holmes Point.The vandals responsible for the damage to property near Holmes Point west of Batemans Bay have no consideration for others, according to the town’s Rotary Club president Bob Lowe.
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Set back from Holmes Point lookout, Rotary Park – which is managed by the Batemans Bay Rotary Club – provides a number of picnic benches for tourists and visitors.

However, during the Christmas holiday period, vandals took it upon themselves to pull six of the benches apart, apparently to use for firewood.

“I can’t see any other reason as to why they would do this,” Mr Lowe said.

“There were bottles scattered through the area and what looks like the remains of a fire. It’s the only reason we can think of.”

The estimated cost of the damage is close to $600.

“There is no consideration (by the vandals) for the community,” he said.

“To cover the cost of repairs we will more than likely have to take funds from other deserving community works. It will mean that one of the other groups we support, like Life Without Barriers, will miss out, even though they are the ones who need it most.”

Rotary Park, Kings Highway

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