Celebration of Long Beach – Past and Present – Sunday 11 June. At the end of WW2, a RAAF pilot was adamant that he had bombed a Japanese submarine just off the coast of Batemans Bay near Long Beach. No submarine ever turned up and the story was subsequently questioned – particularly when the body of a large whale washed up on Long Beach shortly afterwards! This is just one of the stories which will be shared at Long Beach on Sunday 11 June in the picnic area on Sandy Place at lunchtime, at a history ‘soap box’ and picnic organized by the Long Beach Community Association. The Association is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year. “To celebrate this event, we wanted to put the spotlight on interesting events of the past, but also things about Long Beach currently valued and loved by the community” said LBCA president, Colleen Krestensen. The day will kick off with a Long Beach Paws Walk for local dogs and their owners on the western end of the beach. The active local Land Care group will have a stall where locals can swap a weed for a native plant . The local Fire Brigade will arrive at lunchtime to sell sausage sandwiches and show off their fire truck to the kids. Then Long Beach becomes the ‘Domain of the South’, as the soap box will roll in and the stories from our locals will commence. “Some Long Beach folk have a history with the area going back over 60 years” Ms Krestensen said. “Sunday’s event will give us a chance to share some of those stories of the past in an informal and fun way, but also to celebrate the vibrant and very connected community we have today at Long Beach. “ The Long Beach Community Association is understood to be the largest community association on the far south coast, and has over 230 members. The LBCA Christmas carol events have been attended by as many as 1000 people. The Long Beach Paws walk commences at 11 am at Sandy Place – dogs must be under control, well behaved and on leash for the event. "The picnic at Sandy Place commences at 12pm, and the history soap box kicks off at 1pm. The LBCA extends a warm invitation to attend the event to all Long Beach residents past and present, and to members of the broader community who enjoy visiting the Long Beach area. Colleen Krestensen, President, Long Beach Community Association. Email email@example.com Long Beach Community Picnic Celebrating the Past and Present June 11th at 11am Sandy Place Reserve Pack a picnic lunch and come along to a social get together of past and present Long Beach community members. There'll be lots of activities starting with a Dog Parade at 11am (prizes in a range of categories or should that read 'dog'egories), Soap Box Yarns at 1pm with guest and local speakers recounting stories of Long Beach as it was.
Above: Long Beach Estate 1954. (source TROVE)
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