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THE Prom Coast Seachange Festival goes from strength to strength. It grows in size, reputation and participant numbers, so much so that it now needs two weekends to do justice to the big program of 60 events on offer.

The 2015 program will offer a diverse range of events taking in the dates of 17-19 and 24-26 April and will incorporate the many significant ANZAC Day events already planned for the area.

According to festival chairperson Deb Bray it became clear from early in the planning process that more and more people, including businesses and community groups, want to be involved in the festival.

“Word is spreading and it is quite exciting now, that instead of the committee having to approach artists and groups to be involved, we are now being contacted by people from far and wide who don’t want to miss out on being included.”

The festival celebrates creativity, culture, lifestyle and landscape and provides a fantastic platform that attracts quality artists and performances to the region.

“The past four festivals have been extremely successful and well attended by locals, as well as the region’s regular holiday-makers, and visitors from a wide area including Melbourne and interstate,” explained Deb Bray.

“The festival committee is very passionate about providing a structure that is driven from within the community; one that showcases established activities and emerging skill-sets and, importantly, fosters quality events that draw attention to, and celebrate, this magnificent region.”

These priorities dovetail well with those of festival sponsors Toora & Foster Community Bank® branches, Esso BHP Billiton and South Gippsland Shire Council.

“We are pleased to welcome ABC Gippsland on board as our official media partner for 2015,” said Deb. “They have some great things planned for the festival, and will be with us during the first weekend running a free 1-day workshop titled ABC Open Gippsland Writer’s Festival and covering the festival through a series of interviews content for online features.”

Playwright and theatre director Chris Dickins’ Waratah The Musical will be produced in conjunction with FAMDA; accomplished violinist Cath Shugg will again play at the Celia Rosser Gallery in Fish Creek; Melbourne male choir, Low Rez take to the stage at the Fish Creek Hall; and, the Prom Coast Arts Council’s annual The Great Southern Portrait Prize will be exhibited at the Stockyard Gallery in Foster.

“The festival is a wonderful way to draw people together by providing something for everyone,” said Deb Dray. “From food and wine to sustainability and the environment, musicals and art to tours, sport and workshops.”

The Sustainable Architecture Tour and the Gippsland Food Adventure tour, both over subscribed events in 2013, will be on offer again in 2015 and, to get people out and about even more, activities such as bush walking, bike riding and garden tours are on the program.

Children will enjoy opportunities offered by renowned local author and artist Alison Lester at her recently opened headquarters in Fish Creek; there will be kite making and flying in Sandy Point; and, quirky performances such as dog dancing.

Long established events, such as the Prom Country Farmers Market, ANZAC Day commemorations and local sporting events such as the South Coast Boardriders surfing competition are included in the program and are an important part of promoting what’s on in the local area over the festival’s two weekends.

The traditional long lunch in Foster’s main street offers local traders the opportunity to showcase their wares. Many such business are partnering with local artists to turn their shop windows into exhibition space for exciting works of art that will be created utilising or depicting elements particular to the hosting trade. While lunching be entertained by acts including Bec and the Acquaintances and the South Gippsland Brass Band. Adjacent to the long lunch will be The Magic Theatre of Curiosities and Wonder. Be enchanted by mesmerising circus, magical mime, exquisite puppetry, curious clowns, accordion music, storytelling and film.

“There really is something for everyone”, remarked Deb Bray. “With so many great events organised by local community groups, sporting clubs and traders it’s impossible to list them all.”

“Pick up a program from local traders or check the festival website and Facebook page for updates and details on how to make bookings.”

Please visit www.promcoastseachangefestival.org.

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Thu 1 – Woolamai Picnic Racing 11am
Trew Road
Sat 3 – Annual Sandy Point Market 1pm-5pm
Sandy Point Community Centre, Church Parade
Sat 3 – Koonwarra Farmers Market 8am-12:30pm
Koonwarra Memorial Park, Koala Drive
Sun 4 – Jumbunna Bush Market 8:30am-1pm
The Main Hall
Mon 5 – Stony Creek Races (Horse Racing)
Corner of South Gippsland Highway and Dollar Road
Sat 10 – Bass Coast Summer Agricultural Show 9am
Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve
Sun 11 – Tarwin Lower Local Market 9am-2pm
Tarwin Lower Primary School, School Road
Sun 11 – Wonthaggi Rotary Market 8am
Apex Park, Murray Street
Sat 17 – Geek Fest – War Games, Board Games & Short Films
Coal Creek Community Park and Museum,
Silkstone Road, Korumburra
Sat 17 – Prom Country Farmers Market 8am-12 noon
Foster War Memorial Arts Centre, Main Street
Sat 17 – Woolamai Picnic Racing 11am
Trew Road
Sun 18 – Inverloch Farmers Market 8am-1pm
The Glade, The Esplanade
Sun 25 – Inverloch Community Farmers Market 8am-1pm
The Glade, The Esplanade
Sun 25 – 31st Kilcunda Lobster Festival 9am
Foreshore carpark, Bass Highway
Sun 25 – Promontory Home Produce & Craft Market 8am-12 noon
Showgrounds, Station Road, Foster
Mon 26 – Tarwin Lower Long Weekend Market 8:30am-2pm
Tarwin Lower Hall, 27 River Drive
Sat 31 – Mirboo North Market 7am-2pm
Baromi Park

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"First of all it's one of the most beautiful and pristine areas of Australia. It has great beaches including safe swimming areas for children. It has quaint little villages to explore including Meeniyan, Fish Creek and Foster."

Click on the YouTube link to watch the Sandy Point travel video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGGUqkSIIFo&feature=c4-overview&list=UUoVfe2NPmcdVSOQ2ILbMKgw

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The Prom Coast Seachange Festival is on from Thursday 25th April to Monday 29th April in Fish Creek, Foster, Sandy Point, Tidal River, Toora and Yanakie. Visit the website www.promcoastseachangefestival.org for more details.

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Wilsons Prom & surrounds is sponsoring the Senior Photography category at the 2013 Sandy Point Art Show in the new Community Centre. Visit Sandy Point this Easter.

Saturday 30th March    10am to 6pm

Sunday 31st March    10am to 6pm

Monday 1st April    10am to 4pm

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It’s the second last weekend of Summer! How about Inverloch, Kilcunda, Port Albert, Port Welshpool, Sandy Point, Toora, Venus Bay, Walkerville, Waratah Bay or Yanakie? Visit www.promcountry.com.au and search for accommodation.

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We love Waratah Bay

Waratah Bay is a secluded holiday village beside a beautiful, beach, also called Waratah Bay, appealing to both swimmers and surfers. Bring some rods and go surf fishing or launch a boat off the beach. The attractive mountain backdrop of Waratah Bay, which is 20kms of flat sandy beach, will give your holiday a special atmosphere. You’ll find a good playground and picnic shelters in the Waratah Bay area. Access a lookout from the visitor car park at The Gap or walk in the Cape Liptrap Coastal Park behind the Waratah Bay Caravan Park. If you need supplies the milkbar is open seven days a week in the caravan park. You can buy take away food here during peak times. Waratah Bay is a few minutes from Sandy Point and a short drive from Wilsons Promontory. Waratah Bay is about 190km from Melborune.

Stay at Bimbadeen Retreat, Prom Coast Holiday Lodge, Waratah Bay Caravan Park or Waratah Lodge.

Please upload your Waratah Bay photos and write a comment about your holiday in Waratah Bay - http://www.facebook.com/groups/11955880942/

Photo – Norm Wilkins

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We love Sandy Point

If you’re heading to Sandy Point it’s because you love the beach. The ocean beach is patrolled by surf life savers during summer and offers acres of sand for beachside play and relaxation. Take your surf board or swimmers and spend countless summer hours enjoying the sun and water. Wilsons Promontory offers a scenic backdrop to your Sandy Point beach stay. The recently constructed, and imposing, Waratah Beach Surf Life Saving Club building is fully-licensed and open at selected times.
A couple of minutes away from Sandy Point, Shallow Inlet provides safe swimming options for kids. It’s also one of the world’s top places for wind and kite surfing. Indeed a world speed record was set here by a sailing craft. Keen fishers should drop a line here as well: King George Whiting, Flathead, Trevally and Australian Salmon have all been caught here at times. Boats can also be from the western beach. Climb the sand dunes for some stunning vistas of the region and towards Wilsons Promontory. There are also barbecue and picnic facilities.
As with all Prom Country towns other attractions, such as Wilsons Promontory, are down the road. You can buy almost everything you’ll need for your stay at Sandy Point general store or head to Foster or Leongatha to stock up on supplies. For a meal go to the Sandy Point café.
Sandy Point is about 200km from Melbourne. Turn off at Meeniyan and head towards Fish Creek.
Stay at Prom Coast Holiday Units, Sandy Point Road, Smith’s Beach House, Surfsound, The Bothy, The Loft, The Quirky, The Point, The Beach House at Sandy Point, A Funky Sandy Beach Shack, Blakey’s Losman, 60 The Boulevard, The Beachfront, Sandy Point Holiday House, The Studio at Sandy Point or 22 Acacia Street.
Please upload your photos and write a comment about your holiday – http://www.facebook.com/groups/11955880942/

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A wide variety of paintings and photography. Open at 10am each day from Easter Saturday to Easter Monday.

T.P. Taylor Hall, Surfers Walk, Sandy Point.

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