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Memorial to prawning birthplace

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Old photo of Pawning in Evans Head

Memorial to prawning birthplace

 

By Samantha Elley

A $10,000 donation from the Sydney Fish Markets has made it possible for a monument to be raised in recognition of the early fishing industry and community of Evans Head.

“The fishermen approached me in 2017 (as) they wanted to have a reunion at Evans Head because this is where the birth of the school prawn industry began,” said Evans Head Living Museum vice president, Lillian Colless.

“I approached the  committee and we all agreed to hold the very first Australian Fishermen’s Reunion, which was a huge success.

Old photo of Pawning in Evans Head

Lester Cribb and Brikky Aleckson with friends on one of the trawlers.

“At the reunion The Sydney Fish Markets donated $10,000 towards a monument for the recognition of the Evans Head Fishing Industry’s contribution.”

After the establishment of the industry in the late 1940s, the prawning boats were bringing in up to 6,000 lbs or 2,700kgs of prawns per day in the 1950s-60s, according to Lillian.

“In those days we had over 70 trawlers working out of the river,” she said.

“Today we only have two trawlers.”

In the hey day of the industry, prawns were packed in wooden boxes lined with newspaper transported to Casino railway station, then sent by train to the Sydney Fish Markets at Woolloomooloo.

Montgomery Bay 1977 pawning Evans Head

Montgomery Bay 1977 Evans Head

Organisation for a second fishermen’s reunion is underway and it will include a very special event.

“Our second reunion will be held on the 24th and 25th February 2024,” said Lillian.

“The opening will be the unveiling of the monument at 11am on the verge of the grass in front of the old co-op site on the north side of the river just past the RSL Memorial Garden.”

After the unveiling there will be a brunch at the museum.

Saturday night will be the official dinner to be held at the RSL Club for $40 per person.

Recent photo of the Seaview at the pawning Evans Head Co-op wharf

Recent photo of the Seaview at the Evans Head Co-op wharf

Sunday lunch will be held at the Fishermen’s Co-Op at 12 pm with a blessing of the fleet.

The Evans Head Living Museum will be open for most of the weekend, with all new fishing displays.

The monument is currently being built in stone by Monumental Masons in Lismore.

If you would like to know more about the reunion, contact the Evans Head Living Museum on 6682 6410 Wed-Fri 10am to 1pm or Lillian Colless on 0438 885 567.

To provide some financial assistance for the Fishermen’s Memorial banking details are Summerland Credit Union BSB: 728-728, account name: TEHLMI, account: 22244094. Reference: Fishermen’s Memorial. The Evans Head Living Museum Inc is a registered charity and any donations made are tax deductible.

 

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WILLIAMSON RENEWS CALLS FOR RIVER DREDGING

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Richie Williamson at the Evans Head boat harbour river dredging

WILLIAMSON RENEWS CALLS FOR RIVER DREDGING

 

State Nationals MP for Clarence Richie Williamson has renewed calls in the NSW Parliament for the Minns Labor Government to implement a 10-year dredging strategy for the Clarence and Evans rivers, similar to plans the Government has put in place to dredge Swansea Channel in the Lake Macquarie region to improve navigation and provide improved access.

Mr Williamson recently moved a motion in the NSW Parliament calling on the Minns Labor Government to develop a long-term dredging plan for both the Clarence and Evans rivers systems.

“In river communities like ours, continual maintenance of rivers like the Clarence and Evans rivers is essential on many levels, including environmental, economic and recreational,” Mr Williamson said.

“These rivers are the lifeblood of communities that live along them, and it is evident that dredging is required to keep them in optimum health.

“The Yamba and Evans boat harbours are home to a commercial fishing fleet, a booming recreational fishing and boating enthusiasts and a significant maritime sector, including Marine Rescue. Hundreds and hundreds of jobs could be at risk if action isn’t taken.”

Mr Williamson said in addition, the continuing silting up of the river’s ecosystem increases the risk of flooding in terms of river height and flow rates.

“I will work with the NSW Government to get these very important projects underway, which will benefit the entire community,” Mr Williamson concluded.

 

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“There are certain people who are part of my heart”

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“There are certain people who are part of my heart”

 

By Samantha Elley

For the last 40 years, patients and staff of the Evans Head Medical Centre have had the pleasure of dealing with Marion Smith, but that came to an end last Monday week when she finally retired from a job she never expected to have.

“I took my baby to the doctor when he was nine months old,” Said Marion Smith.

“And they offered the job to me.

“I wasn’t looking for a job and they were the days that Paul Walsh and Ernie Finberg were the doctors and Lorraine Aleckson was there. We are now lifelong friends.”

That baby, Brock, is now 40 years old and Marion has done reception, practice management and dealing with the many people who have walked through the doors of the small village practice over that time.

“And it’s become a generational thing,” she said.

“The people that were little people when I started, they have brought in their babies and they treat you like their aunty.

“It’s just the most beautiful feeling.”

Marion said she has been through the tragedies and joys with many of the clients to the practice, and while others would shy away from such emotion, she takes a different view.

“It’s a real privilege to be part of someone’s terrible sorrow,” she said.

“For them to share it with you.”

Being part of the community has been a great joy for Marion as well, as people share their lives with her.

“It’s like an extended family,” she said.

“There are certain people who are part of my heart.”

One of the biggest changes Marion has seen over her time at the practice has been the growth of the town.

The need for new doctors to attend to the increasing population, meant that she had to help source doctors from further afield.

“I negotiated with people in America to bring the doctors over,” she said.

“Female doctors in our little town. That was a big change.”

Covid was a tumultuous time for the practice as well.

“Covid was scary,” Marion said.

“You really had to think about going to work, as I’m an asthmatic so I really got a bit (worried).

“Then I thought, it’s important because if we don’t come…it’s very hard when you can’t cuddle people, when they walk up to the counter and they are in tears.”

Then there was the patient who was a cat.

“At one stage I had a patient come around the back door with their cat for the doctor to try and save,” laughed Marion.

“There was no vet back then.

“Poor Dr Walsh tried to stitch the cat up.”

Marion’s lasting memories will be the many patients and staff she has worked with, but she is also looking forward to time with her family and indulging in her hobby of house decorating.

“I get to go home,” she said.

“In all my lifetime I’ve never had time at home.

“I’ve worked the whole time and now I get to enjoy my family.”

 

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Serenitas Celebrates Grand Opening of Multi-Million Dollar Clubhouse at Thyme Lifestyle Resort Evans Head

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Serenitas Celebrates Grand Opening of Multi-Million Dollar Clubhouse at Thyme Lifestyle Resort Evans Head

 

Serenitas, a leading provider of lifestyle communities and resorts for individuals over 50, proudly announces the grand opening of the state-of-the-art Clubhouse at Thyme Lifestyle Resort, Evans Head. The celebratory event saw enthusiastic homeowners joined by Mayor Robert Mustow and Serenitas CEO Rob Nichols, who officiated the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Nestled in the tranquil coastal enclave of Evans Head, the Clubhouse epitomises refined living and leisure. Located near the historic Evans Head Aerodrome and a short walk from pristine beaches, Thyme Evans Head offers an unparalleled blend of luxury and laid-back coastal charm.

Rob Nichols, CEO of Serenitas, expressed his excitement about the new facility: “We are thrilled to be opening the Thyme Evans Head Clubhouse, inviting residents and their guests to immerse themselves in the pinnacle of luxury living. With its striking architecture, ties to Evans Head’s aviation heritage, and a host of premium amenities, this opening heralds the next inspiring chapter for the resort’s homeowners and underscores Serenitas’ unwavering commitment to excellence.”

The multi-million dollar Clubhouse features an array of exquisite facilities, including a fully equipped gym, heated swimming pool, health and beauty studio, luxurious cinema, sports bar complete with darts and pool table, croquet court, and more. A standout feature of the Clubhouse is the sophisticated Evans Lounge, providing homeowners a serene setting to enjoy views over the aerodrome by a cozy fireplace.

“The Clubhouse caters to every taste,” added Mr. Nichols. “From our active residents utilising the fitness facilities to our social groups making use of the Art & Craft Studio and other recreational spaces for gatherings and events.”

Demand for homes at Thyme Evans Head has been incredibly strong, with sales surpassing expectations since its inception. Located in the highly sought-after Northern Rivers district of NSW, Evans Head has emerged as a coveted community known for its relaxed coastal vibe and pristine waters.

“Our homes have garnered significant interest and are selling at an unprecedented pace,” remarked Rob Nichols. “With prices starting from $615,000, we are preparing to release our final homes for sale, reaffirming Evans Head’s status as a desirable destination for discerning homeowners.”

For more information about Thyme Evans Head, please visit here.

 

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