Tips for the Event – Facebook Live Stream – COVIDSafe Information

Businesses and community leaders across Batemans Bay have once again overcome great challenges, weather, COVID-19 and a busy tourist rush, in the lead up to the Light Up The Bay Commemorative light display event. As the saying goes, the show must go on, and the organisers are excited for the community to gather and mark the one year anniversary of the onset of the Black Summer bushfires on their town.

‘Light Up The Bay’, hosted by the Batemans Bay Business and Tourism Chamber as part of the 'Love the Bay' initiative, features a stunning light display and busker style music on the Batemans Bay foreshore from 6pm till 10pm. The event includes a commemorative ceremony from 8pm, attended by several local dignitaries including NSW Resilience Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons, local RFS Captain Ian Aitken, Federal Member for Gilmore Ms Fiona Phillips and several business representatives. Busking on the foreshore and Mara Mia Walkway will commence at 6pm, and the public is encouraged to enjoy dinner or a takeaway meal at a local eatery before or after visiting the foreshore to see the lights. The event is alcohol-free.

Businesses from across Batemans Bay and Mogo have pledged support for the event, and shops, restaurants and cafes will be extending trading for the evening on Thursday 31 December 2020 – to allow locals and visitors the chance to book tables and enjoy this meaningful evening together with the community, in line with COVID-safe guidelines.

Batemans Bay’s Chamber President Mathew Hatcher looks forward to bringing the community together, one year on, saying 'Our Batemans Bay community are certainly fighters. Despite concerns around COVID-19 outbreaks in parts of Sydney and the changeable weather, we know that December 31 is an important date for all of us, and we need to recognise its significance together. This commemorative event is an opportunity to come together to thank the RFS and all of those who have helped our community get back on its feet.’

‘Thanks to all our volunteers and generous sponsors such as Hertz (major event sponsor), Beyond Bank, Mogo Wildlife Park and other local businesses, we have been able to forge on and we look forward to gathering and reflecting on how far we’ve come in the last year. We know that in the current climate, not everyone who would like to attend will be able to, so we’ll be livestreaming the official part from 8pm on Facebook on New Years’ Eve as well. We'd love supporters of our community and family and friends to join us online from wherever they are.’

Event organisers are encouraging all visitors to observe guidelines to avoid the spread of COVID-19 for the event:

  • No admittance if you are from Sydney’s Northern Beaches or areas where a positive case has been identified.

  • Please bring your ID. No admittance without ID.

  • Bring your mask and wear it indoors in public venues

  • Download the Service NSW app before arrival

  • Sign in with our event QR code with the app on arrival

  • Keep your distance of 1.5m from other groups

  • Use the free hand sanitiser distributed at the event

  • Seek assistance from one of our COVID marshals in hi-vis vests if you need help with the app or checking in with the QR code. EVENT INFORMATION

Date/time: Thursday 31 December, 6pm-midnight (busking/musicians and light display)

Formal launch commencing: 8pm including Welcome to Country by Ms Loretta Parsley, speeches by Ms Fiona Phillips (Federal Member for Gilmore), Mr Shane Fitzsimmons (Commissioner of Resilience NSW) and Captain Ian Aitken (Captain RFS Batemans Bay)

Facebook Live Stream: Starts 7:55pm - https://www.facebook.com/LoveTheBayBB/

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/354013609029003

Location: Batemans Bay Foreshore (Clyde Street) and Mara Mia Walkway