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THE annual Cape Family Festival is back for
2017, this Saturday, with a jam-packed day of
events for all the family.
From live music, beach activities, fantastic
food stalls and a diverse market, there’s sure
to be something for everyone at the festival.
Each year, the family festival is the major
fundraiser for the Wonthaggi Lifesaving Club,
with all funds going directly towards the club.
Stall manager at the festival, Liz Gough,
said that this year, all funds received will be
“The funds are much needed for the up-
grade and upkeep of the lifesaving club, so it’s
an important fundraiser,” Liz said.
“All the volunteers work so hard all year,
and they do a number of fundraising events
over the summer. The festival is the biggest
fundraiser, so if it could be well supported,
that would be just great.”
The Cape Family Festival is a fun family day,
open to all the community to come down and
celebrate Cape Paterson’s rich local culture, en-
vironment, music, diverse food, and fun beach
“We’ll have live music playing all day,” Liz
“It’s going to be fantastic. We’ve got a lot of
local musicians playing, with a combination of
bands performing and some solo acts.
“There’ll be great food, a wide array of foods
to try. The market stalls are all excellent.
There’s nothing second-hand, it’s all stylish
stalls. Some stall holders are coming from as
far away as Melbourne.”
Liz said that while punters enjoy the festi-
val, it’s important to remember the good work
that the lifesaving volunteers put in all year
“This is a major fundraiser for a very under-
estimated club,” Liz said.
“They’re people you only think about if
you’re struggling in the water, but they are all
very dedicated volunteers and lifesavers.”
The 2017 Cape Family Festival is on Satur-
day, January 21 from 9am until late in the af-
ternoon at the Cape Paterson Bay beach.
Entry is a $2 coin donation, with all funds
being donated to the Wonthaggi Lifesaving
Fun in the sun at
Cape Family Festival
Head down to Cape Paterson Bay beach this Saturday and enjoy the fun at the Cape
Family Festival 2017.
SUMMER by the Sea 2017 is
off to a strong start, with around
1500 people having flocked to
the first week of activities along
Approximately 300 fun
and educational activities are
on offer during the program
which runs until January 26.
Summer by the Sea, now in
its 21st year, aims to develop
appreciation and understand-
ing of Victoria’s coastline while
showcasing different features
of the environment.
Coastcare Victoria Coordina-
tor Evelyn Nicholson said the
activities span from one end of
Victoria’s coastline to the other.
“The most popular activities
so far have been the family fa-
vourites such as beachcomb-
ing and rock pool rambles,”
“We’ve been lucky with the
weather so far, and the blue
skies and sunshine have
helped with large turnouts at
“There’s still plenty of time
to be involved in Summer by
the Sea, which encourages all
Victorians to get to know their
Locally, there’s a number of
events still to come.
Coastal Discovery Estuary Un-
masked January 14 and Janu-
ary 18, Rock pool Ramble
Cape Paterson: Volcanics
Waratah Bay: Beachcombing
and Rock pool Ramble Janu-
McLoughlins Beach: Beach-
combing January 20.
Walkerville: Rock pool Ram-
ble January 17, Marine and
Coastal Discovery Geology
Rocks January 19.
Yanakie: Marine and Coastal
discovery Sea Grass Safari
Tidal River: Come and try
Fishing afternoon session Jan-
uary 23 and January 24.
Participants in Summer by
the Sea activities learn how to
care for coastal environments
so that these areas can be pro-
tected for generations to come.
The program is run by Coast-
care Victoria and supported by
volunteers, land managers,
conservation agencies and the
Andrews Labor Government.
Anyone who has a special
need and is interested in tak-
ing part in Summer by the Sea
events, is encouraged to con-
tact Coastcare Victoria to dis-
cuss how they can be involved.
The website, www.summer-
bythesea.vic.gov.au, provides a
simple way to find and register
Some activities are already
booked out and places are fill-
ing up fast in other activities.
Local geologist Mike Cleeland explores the Inverloch coastline with an interested group as
part of the ‘Summer by the Sea’ program.
Summer by the
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