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Ducks prepare for big Australia Day Duck Race


One thousand ducks are finalising their preparations for the big Australia Day Narooma Rotary Duck Race on Wednesday 26 January at 8:15am.

NOTE: At the Duck Race on Wednesday, Rotary will be collecting for the people of Tonga. Every cent will go to helping those affected.Please give generously but ONLY to a Rotary Club member with a suitably marked collection bucket.

Race coordinator Julie Hartley said some ducks were spotted recently ducking down to the creek to train, while others have had a bill job and an overdue make-over to ensure they look their best for the race.

With the assistance of onlookers, 1,000 ducks will be dropped off Narooma Bridge at 8.15am to race downstream. The time is estimated to catch the best of the outgoing tide.

“‘We’re hoping for perfect weather, good crowds and a quick (but not too quick!) race downstream to the Apex Park boat ramp finish line,” Mrs Hartley said.

The first duck across the line wins $1,000 for the person who bought the ticket with the same number; the last duck $100.

Independent judges will be appointed to determine the first and the last across the line.

Proceeds will assist the new Narooma Prostate Cancer Support Group.

Above: These ducks were spotted by Race photographer Mike Young heading to the creek

for training for the big Australia Day Narooma Rotary Duck Race.



Above: Many ducks are looking to improve their performance in this year’s Australia Day

Narooma Rotary Duck Race. Shown is the start of last year’s race.

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