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Unexpected Government Support for Local Event


An all-day seminar, scheduled for 2nd September at Club Sapphire Merimbula, has unexpectedly received significant government support that has led to ticket prices being slashed by 50%.

The Our History, Our Heritage Day has been organized by the South Coast History Society to highlight interesting aspects of the local area’s history and heritage. Ticket prices had been set at $20.

Our History, Our Heritage Day was also scheduled as the opening event in a Bega Valley Heritage Near Me Week which is being sponsored by Bega Valley Shire Council and the NSW Department of Environment and Heritage. That will run until Sunday 10th September, with a wide variety of interesting events scheduled at numerous locations throughout the Bega Valley shire.

Late last week the Heritage Near Me team approached the South Coast History Society and offered to subsidise ticket prices to make the event as affordable as possible for as many local people as possible.

So tickets are now available at just $10 each, inclusive of lunch and afternoon tea.

“We are thrilled that an event that was designed as a local event has attracted such a high level of interest and support,” South Coast History Society’s President Peter Lacey told the Beagle Weekly News.

“Several factors led to the approach by the Heritage Near Me team,” Peter revealed.

“First, we have engaged an exceptional line-up of speakers, headed by Dr Anna Clark from the University of Technology Sydney who will be speaking on how history should be shared and how history should be taught. “

“Simon Lauder, the Breakfast presenter on ABC South East, will also be chatting with several locals about some of the area’s lesser-known heritage and history stories.”

“And we have speakers sharing information about topics as diverse as the contribution that the Chinese have made on the South Coast, the difficulties that historically had been experienced in just reaching the South Coast, the role of bullocks and bullockies in the area, and the historical impediments to developing Eden and the surrounding areas.”

“So the whole day will be focusing on local South Coast history and the area’s local heritage.”

“The incredible level of interest in and the success of our South Coast History Day in February also influenced the Heritage Near Me team’s decision to subsidise ticket prices. They were aware that many more people had wanted to attend that day than could be accommodated, and they realised that an extraordinarily high level of interest had already been shown from locals in this September 2nd seminar, so felt that it would be appropriate to provide an additional level of encouragement to people from the South Coast to attend.”

“We are therefore hoping this additional support for Our History, Our Heritage Day results in yet another capacity audience, and early ticket sales certainly suggest to us that this may indeed be the case,” Peter revealed.

“So our advice to anybody interested in attending is to book your tickets today.”

The support for this Our History, Our Heritage Day from the Heritage Near Me team comes on top of assistance that had previously been given to the seminar by Bega Cheese and Club Sapphire Merimbula.

Our History, Our Heritage Day will be held in the Sapphire Room at Club Sapphire Merimbula. It starts at 10.20am and runs through to 4.45pm.

“Because we are providing lunch and afternoon tea to those who attend, pre-purchase of tickets is absolutely essential and no tickets will be available at the door on the day,” Peter advised.

Tickets should be booked through the South Coast History’s new website www.southcoasthistory.com or by phoning 0448 160 852.


Above: Peter Lacey, the President of the South Coast History Society, welcomes support from the NSW Department of Environment and Heritage’s Heritage Near Me team for a seminar in Merimbula on Saturday 2nd September.

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