Is your Cronulla Magazine soggy!

The Cronulla Magazine is out today, by the time everyone gets it, the magazine will probably be a soggy mess so just in case here is our ad on page 25!










Mark Speakman is on the cover regarding the Cronulla Fisheries closure with the heading “Hung out to dry”, it’s the only thing that is dry at the moment!



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Art In The Park Bundeena

I grew up in Bundeena and have a lot of love for the artistic community, natural beauty and inspirational characters you bump into every day. Although I’ve been an ex-Bundo for 3 years now, I make sure I attend Art In The Park every year – it’s a fantastic local event! One of the best art festivals in the Sutherland Shire, Art in The Park is spread over 3 days and features internationally known Bundeena & Maianbar artists (and trust me, there are many!).

ART IN THE PARK BUNDEENA – Friday 16th, Saturday 17th, Sunday 18th of September

Friday Night: Opening Night at Bundeena School Hall. $20 entry, enjoy art, canapés and jazz music

Saturday 10am -4pm: Art show with over 60 participants. Only $2 entry and children get in free

Sunday 10am -4pm: Art show plus large market day. Pick up just about anything at these stalls; books, clothes, old and new, bric-a-brac, toys etc. There will also be kids entertainment, a children’s art show and food stalls.

Art in The Park is a great excuse to hop on the cute ferry from Cronulla and enjoy a family friendly day out. Plus it’s Bundeena Public School’s main fundraiser for the year so your money is going back into the community!

2011 Feature Artist: Sonja Karl

For more information see: Art in The Park Bundeena

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Final Spots filled in Shark Island Challenge

As we all wished Liz a big ‘Happy Birthday’ over the weekend and enjoyed every moment of Monday morning’s sleep in, some people still had to go to work. Including a fifteen year old kid named Sam Strachan.

Sam competed in the Brett Young Memorial Trials held at Cronulla Point on Sunday alongside a field of international riders, all vying for a spot in the Shark Island Challenge. With a heavy fan base and plenty of support, Sam finished second overall behind South African Dan Worsely.

He now has secured a spot in the main event, and has been drawn against fellow local rider and good mate Shaun Pyne. Also competing in the event is former world champion Ben Player; and the most influential bodyboarder to never win a world title – Ryan Hardy, whose peers actually voted as the best in the world for years.

I can’t confirm this outright, but I’m almost certain Sam is the youngest ever competitor in the history of the challenge. Ben Hansen made the Challenge a few years back at a young age, though he most certainly was over sixteen.

We wish Sam and Shaun the best of luck. Conditions this week won’t be ideal for the Challenge to run, but I will review the forecasts next week so stay tuned for an update then.

In other news, Nick Omerod is replacing Michael Novy for Unite Clothing. Novy fractured his verterbrae in his back whilst surfing the Zone (a notoriously heavy wave on the central coast) over the weekend. We hope he makes a full recovery.

For more information check out Fluidzone.

Sam Strachan secures a spot in the Shark Island Challenge

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Shark Island Challenge

Now in its 14th year, the Shark Island Challenge has been Australia’s premier bodyboarding event for many years and is arguably the most important event for the Cronulla wave-riding community. I say ‘wave-riding’ with a certain air of superiority. It is no secret that surfing and bodyboarding have a rich history of mutual disdain, but the Challenge is the only competitive bodyboarding competition that was recognised as a professional international competition.

For years the Shark Island Challenge was part of the World Tour of Bodyboarding, and was one of five stops on an international circuit of touring professionals. The 2010 competition is not part of this tour, having being scrapped for lack of funding. That’s not to say there will be a shortage of talent though.

The competitive field this year is made up of both local and international riders selected from industry sponsors, which this year includes two former world champions. Among the field of competitors, watch out for two young local riders John Showell of Cronulla, and Shaun Pyne of Gymea. Shaun has been deserved of a place in the Challenge for some time now and it’s great to see the organisers recognising his talent and offering him a spot.

The Challenge will run over one day in the most suitable conditions in the month-long waiting period, from June 14th to July 14th. Check out Fluidzone for more information.

For other events that are happening around Cronulla in the next few weeks, don’t forget to check Cronulla Buzz.

Shark Island

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Northies Cronulla Movember Photos

Last Thursday Northies Cronulla held a fundraising gala event for Movember - (a month where men are encouraged to grow mo’s and raise money for Beyond Blue & The Prostate Cancer Foundation.) The night was great fun and the guys raised over $3000 for charity through generous donations and a huge raffle.

I took some photos for Northies – so here is a taste of some of the best looking mo’s and characters from the night.

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Sydney Summer Festivals

Hi, I’m Yvette and I have been doing work experience at Beach and Bay for the past week. I have been doing general office work, helping with market appraisal research and learning about online marketing. I was excited when I was told that I could tweet, use facebook and blog as part of my job, I could be perhaps, the only work experience girl who is allowed to do this! So here is my blog on summer festivals.

My current weekend job is as the musical entertainment (singing and playing guitar) at Flowercino in Caringbah on Friday nights. I will also be busking at Caringbah Public School Carnival on the 28th of November 2009.

For anyone else who is interested in music there are a number of gigs and festivals coming up this summer. One of the biggest and most well-known of these is the Big Day Out. With the first Sydney show selling out in minutes the Big Day Out is sure to be huge. Headlining this year is one of the world’s biggest bands – Muse. Also on the line up are a variety of different artists and bands from a range of genres, some of these being Lily Allen, Powderfinger and Jet. You can check out the full line up at here. The third and final line up announcement is yet to be made. You can also follow the Big Day Out on twitter which also helps you keep track of other shows the Big Day Out artists will be having. The Big Day out will be held in Sydney on both the 22nd and 23rd of January 2010.

Another festival that will be held this summer is Soundwave. For lovers of alternative rock this festival is a must and it is yet to sell out. Headlining the 2010 festival are the newly reformed Faith No More. Co-headlining are my personal favorite, My Chemical Romance.  Both of which have announced sideshows that will sell out fast! Also joining the line up are Paramore, Escape the Fate, All Time Low, Janes Addiction, AFI and many more. This festival will be held at Eastern Creek on the 21st of February. To see the full lineup and other interesting information about the festival visit here or follow Soundwave on twitter.

There are also over 18 festivals being held this summer including Good Vibrations with The Killers headlining and Homebake. Homebake is a festival which entirely focuses on Australian and New Zealand artists. The line up for this years Home bake features both Powder Finger and Jet.

I think everyone should make an effort to attend one of these great festivals this year. They are defiantly a worthwhile experience that you won’t regret!

Summer Music Festivals

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Movember @ Northies Cronulla

Next Thursday the 26th of November Northies Cronulla (cnr Elourea rd and The Kingsway) will be holding a massive Movember Gala night.

During the month of November men are encouraged to grow a mo and raise money and awareness for The Prostate Cancer Foundation and Beyond Blue. (I think secretly men love the opportunity to look like a Mexican drug dealer or 70’s adult film star!).

Northies Cronulla raised over $2000 last year and aims to at least double this figure in 2009. Starting at 7pm and finishing up at midnight Northies will hold a best mo character competition, have stand up comedy, a Movember raffle, fundraising awards and live music.

Discounted $3 drinks will also be available to encourage you to spend more money on the raffle. It’s going to be a great night and I encourage locals to get down and show your support. I will be taking social photos on the night and can’t wait to see how all the mo’s have come along!

If you can’t make it down on the night please check out their fundraising support page and make a donation. It really is a great cause!

Visit here to donate.

Details: Thursday 26th November 7pm – 12 midnight

Movember at Northies

Movember at Northies

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Escape Artfest Mollymook

Once a year the Southern Shoalhaven, NSW witnesses a creative explosion in the form of the annual Escape Artfest. A truly inspiring event, Artfest 09 will be held from 2nd – 11th October, ten days of artistic bliss, showcasing and celebrating the districts talented artists, businesses and wider community.

Nestled between pristine beaches and beautiful bushland, this creative community situated 3 hours from both Sydney and Canberra, boasts an enormous population of artisans and art-lovers, making Artfest a truly fulfilling experience! The theme for Artfest 09 is ‘community’ – this will be a common thread throughout festival events which include, film, music, art, literature, drama, dance and fashion.

Whilst ‘art’ is the focus, the attraction of Artfest extends well beyond the arts. Over the years this community based festival has grown and evolved, each event increasing it’s scope and followers. Now, in it’s eleventh year, the festival boasts a massive participation rate and involves more local organisations, people and businesses than any other event. The 10 day festival will likely include over 70 individual events, across well over 40 venues, includes close to 800 participants, many from out of the area. This does not include the delighted audiences at the various exhibitions, performances, readings, films and other art related offerings.

Start planning your stay on the coast, where you can escape the rat race and soak up the energy of this must see event. Visit for more information.

Please note: If you need somewhere to stay over the Spring school holidays (Oct 5th – Oct 16th) we still have ONE Mollymook holiday home available. With 4 bedrooms, this property can happily accommodate larger families or combined groups. For more details please see HERE.

Mollymook EscapeArt Fest

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Sutherland Shire Spring Events

The weather is warming up, people are returning back to the beaches and there seems to be a little spring in everyone’s step. Spring is a great time to live in or visit the Shire and there are some great events to look forward to.

Cronulla Spring Fair/ Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th September

With over 100 market and food stalls, live bands and entertainment Spring Fair is a great family day out and a chance to shop til you drop.

Bundeena Art in The Park Festival/ Saturday 26th –  Sunday 27th September

For artists or art lovers this festival has artistic workshops, artist talks and exhibitions and plenty of market stalls. Catch the cute ferry over to Bundeena and watch the vibrant bush and beachside community come to life.

Caringbah Rotary Markets/ Sunday 27th September

New and used clothing, bric-a-brac, furniture, toys, crafts. You name it, Caringbah Markets has it! Held last Sunday of every month.

Bundeena & Maianbar Art Trail/ Sunday 4th October

Enjoy the fascinating experience of being allowed into artist’s homes and studios where you can discuss works with the artist, purchase pieces or simply gain inspiration. The Art Trail is a unique opportunity to see how art is created by some of the best artists in Australia, including Jia Wei Shen. Enjoy a delicious healthy wrap and a coffee at The Fringe Café afterwards.

The Jungle Book/ Tuesday 6th October

Musical show aimed at 4 – 12 year olds held at Sutherland Entertainment Centre. Tickets $18 each

World Masters Games/ Saturday 10th – Sunday 18th October

Held at Menai Indoor Sports Centre and free for spectators. Get down there to watch basketball teams from Canada, USA, Europe and Australia compete.

Plaza Popstars/  Monday 12th – Sunday 17th October

Held in Cronulla Plaza watch 5-21 year old up and coming musicians and dancers compete for first prize.

Gymea Jazz & Blues Markets/ Sunday 25th October

Arts and crafts markets with live music and wine & cheese tastings held in the grounds of Hazelhurst Art Centre.

If you have any other suggestions please feel free to comment or email and we will be more than happy to add.


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Sutherland Shire Event – Fiesta In Flight

On Sunday the 16th August from 10am – 3pm Don Lucas Reserve, Cronulla (behind Wanda Beach) is host to the annual Sutherland Shire event – Fiesta in Flight.

Get down to the park to experience a great family treat, yummy food, exciting performances and a chance to take some beautiful photographs.

The performance running schedule is as follows;

Thullii Dreaming

Time: 10.30am – 11am

Thullii Dreaming Aboriginal Dance Group will peform a moving Welcome to Country dance and a Respect dance.

Polynesian Dance

Time: 11.15am – 11.45am

Oceania Pacifica performs dance and music from Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa and New Zealand.

African Drumming/Dance – Kai Fech

Time: 12pm – 12.45pm

Kai Fech brings the magic of West Africa to Cronulla with an exhilarating display of African drumming and dance. Children will discover their passion for music and dance and be captivated by the sounds that have sophisticated a world of music from jazz to R’n’B to pop.

Indian Dancing – Bollywood

Time: 1pm – 1.30pm

Bollywood comes to Cronulla: Enjoy Indian dance performances including classical, folk, belly dancing, and hip hop.

Live Music – The Peter Morgan Band

Time: 1.45pm – 2.45pm

The Peter Morgan Band will be performing a mix of Latin and World musical styles. Peter’s musical influences range from Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Wilson Pickett, Al Jarreau and current soul, RnB, pop and rock artists.

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