Wednesday, December 30, 2009

We Broke the website... in two!

A bunch of Broke people and I got together a couple of months ago at Broke Hall to discuss a Broke Community Website and we decided to split Wollombi Valley Online into two (connected but stand-alone) community websites.

I'm happy to announce that the Broke website is pretty much complete now with the weather and Job listings being Broke-based. The news and events share some material with Wollombi but specific events like meetings and church services will be kept local so that each site is a little less cluttered.

Wollombi Valley Online members from the Broke region can now log in and maintain their listings and email preferences on their own site - with much of the information still shared with the Wollombi site. The login info for both sites is the same but if you have forgotten, just use the "Forgot Password" tool to recover your login details, or email me (reply to this email) and I'll resend them for you.

The good news for Broke is that they now have their own version of this email announce list so they don't get all of Wollombi's problems like the Cessnock LEP and other Cessnock Council issues in these postings. Members of both websites can choose their email preferences including the lists from the other one to keep in touch.

Broke members, I have moved you across to the Broke mailing list already, so if you do still want the Wollombi list, please log in and re-select it.

We will arrange an information session at Broke Hall in the new year with a complete demonstration of the features of the site for current and new members. As with Wollombi Valley Online, it's all free - though we may give businesses the opportunity to advertise throughout the site for a fee in the future.


Thanks to particularly Mike Wilson and Wendy Lawson for help in getting this together, along with Jo Towers, Paul O'Toole, Terry Everett, Tony McNamara and Fiona Cassidy.

Valley Artists has commissioned Mad Cow's production of 'Romeo & Juliet' to be performed at Laguna Hall for four performances only on 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th January (Friday through to Monday evenings at 8pm).

A young cast, a contemporary production - those who have seen it rave!

VA's Peter McCloy reports "This production is set in Northern Ireland, and the time is Bloody Sunday, 1972. Tensions arise between English backed Unionists and the Irish Nationalists. Guerrilla warfare is resulting in an alarming rate of casualties on both sides. Among the familial fighting we witness the tale of Romeo & Juliet, whose love transcends racial hatred and displays the innocence of youth".

Mad Cow Director Juz McGuire says, "It's all about passion. Passion about who we are, what our identity is, and how we fit into the grand scheme of things - this is the eternal search for identity which defines our lives. It has been an honour to lead and serve such a brilliant cast of talented and dedicated young actors."

Bookings are now open at Laguna and Wollombi stores (credit cards and EFT at Laguna only) or you can download a form at or reserve your seats by email or phone the box office on 4998 3419 and leave a message.

Finally, for those that haven't noticed, there will be New Years Eve Fireworks tomorrow night at Wollombi Tavern at a kid-friendly 9:30pm. Ash Mountain will be performing til late and plenty of food will be available.

Have a great New Years Eve and an even better 2010!

Peter Firminger

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Christmas present for Wollombi

Paul Adams from the Wollombi Valley Progress Association - Cunneens Bridge Action Group called me this morning with some very good news.

All four landowners involved in the issues surrounding Cunneens Bridge and the Grange Cutting have signed off on the downstream option as of yesterday afternoon.

This means that the bridge should now go ahead for completion (hopefully) by June 2010.

As the plans for the bridge are already drawn, the tenders should be put out this week. Paul indicated that Council believes that the funding is still adequate for both the bridge and the Grange cutting and that if there is a shortfall it will be for the road surface between Cunneens and the Tavern and that this should be picked up under the general infrastructure budget.

I wholeheartedly congratulate everyone involved for coming to a positive resolution and particularly thank not only the landowners, but Paul Adams and the action group and the Director of Infrastructure David Pavey for navigating this sensitive issue to a positive outcome for the Wollombi and Broke Fordwich communities.

Let's hope that when the tenders come before Cessnock Council in the new year, that it is a quick and painless process to approve the successful tender and move this into action on schedule.

My guess is that the deadlines for The Advertiser (for what that's worth) and OON were probably not met and Cessnock Council's website doesn't effectively carry information like this so further info may not be readily forthcoming. Please let me know if you would like any further clarifying information published on Wollombi Valley Online (bcc to the Mayor, David Pavey, Ward A and Greens Councillors and The Herald). It would be really nice to see an official statement from Council.

Friday, October 2, 2009

A Fair Go for the Hunter Community Coalition

A Fair Go for the Hunter Community Coalition consists of community groups whose objective is to halt the wave of bad planning by this NSW Government in order to get the best results for the Hunter community.

The Fair Go Coalition will be calling on the Government to guarantee genuine community consultation before committing to Government initiatives, to provide tougher scrutiny of public expenditure, halt privatisation of essential services and to protect natural resources.

The Fair Go Coalition will be calling on both the NSW Government and the Opposition to commit to preserving and improving the public services in the Hunter.

The launch will take place at Newcastle Leagues club (upstairs) from 6pm til 8pm on October 8 - click for details.

Further details about the Fair Go Coalition here on Newcastle on Hunter

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Farewell Bud Tingwell

As we remember Bud Tingwell today, take a moment to look at Mr. Bear and Mr. Rabbit, in which he starred, the winning entry in the 2008 Wollombi Valley Short Film Festival

Friday, May 1, 2009

Kill off Plastic Bags, not Wildlife

"South Australia will lead the nation in banning plastic checkout bags starting on Monday (May 4)," says Anne-Marie Byrne of Planet Ark, "This is a very positive step. Other States can show their commitment to our environment and wildlife by following the South Australian lead."

It is estimated that 100,000 marine creatures die each year from plastic pollution. "We have footage of a Bryde's whale dying. It is a shocking thing to witness. The autopsy found that the whale's stomach was tightly packed with six square metres of plastic, including plastic checkout bags. The distressed animal died in severe pain," says Ms Byrne.

Marine Biologist Dr. Kathy Townsend from Moreton Bay Research Station, The University of QLD, confirms that approximately 40% of the turtles she autopsies have plastics, including plastic bags, in their intestinal tract. "The turtles appear to mistake floating plastic bags for jelly fish." says Dr. Townsend, "The less plastics entering the environment where they can harm wildlife, the better."

Planet Ark is launching an on-line petition to send to the May 22nd meeting of the Environment Protection and Heritage Council, where all Federal and State Environment Ministers meet. Planet Ark is calling for support from the Australian public to "Kill off Plastic Bags, not Wildlife".

"As pioneers of the plastic bag reduction movement, Planet Ark applauds the South Australian Government's legislation to crack down on this insidious nuisance," said Ms Byrne "The South Australian ban will see 400 million fewer plastic checkout bags entering waste and litter streams. But Australians still use 10 million plastic bags a day."

"Government, business and the public need to work together and take responsibility for the environment if we are to build a more sustainable future for Australia. Every time we go shopping, we can see the effort consumer and retailers are making by switching to reusable bags. These, and other measures, have seen annual consumption of plastic bags fall from 6 billion to 4 billion since our campaign began in 2002. That is a fantastic voluntary effort."

"Now we need a final push to get other State Governments to act. Go to and make your voice heard," said Ms Byrne.

From Planet Ark's Plastic Bag Reduction

Sunday, April 5, 2009

The wonders of Wollombi - by Sally Macmillan

Escape in the Sunday Telegraph - 5 April 2009

The charming town of Wollombi weaves an enchanting spell, writes Sally Macmillan.

© NewspaperDirect Inc.
Available online here at (free subscription required)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Fuel storage tanks blamed for water contamination

ABC News reports:

The New South Wales Department of Environment and Climate Change says groundwater in Scone has been contaminated by fuel storage tanks at a local service station.

The Shell service station in Kelly Street has joined the former BP fuel depot in nearby Guernsey Street on the Government's register of contaminated sites...

Well... right there in Bird Brain's backyard in Scone, contamination from fuel storage tanks after Sydney Gas (and I believe it was Mark "Fart Joke" Harper that said it) used the petrol station in Broke as an example of how safe METHANE GAS is.

Let's hope that's the only irony here and that no-one is killed or injured by the "(NSW Labor Party Contributors) Sydney Gas"/AGL Energy/AJ Lucas activities in Broke.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

It could have been us... Raffle

The raffle for the Victorian Bushfire Appeal was drawn on Sunday afternoon at Wollombi Tavern by Father Graham Jackson


Congratulations all, and thanks to Father Graham, Francisca and Caroline Maul and everyone that purchased tickets and donated into the buckets. Thanks to all the above who donated prizes, and to everyone at Wollombi Tavern, Wollombi General Store and The Old Northern Trading Post Laguna for selling the tickets.

We also thank Ken and Antoinette Maurer for their cash donation of $100 to add to the money raised by the raffle.

Approximately $1,600.00 was raised in all (final count to come).

Raffle organised by the Greater Wollombi Communities Alliance Inc and Wollombi Tavern.
Donate to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009 by phoning the Australian Red Cross on 1800 811 700 or donate online here


Monday, March 9, 2009

AGL Must Sack these amateurs NOW

Following in the footsteps of Mark "Fart Joke" Harper, Colin Stace has belittled the Broke and wider Wollombi Valley Community with a flippant and apparently funny (to him) remark, allegedly saying "I'm The Enemy" (twice - in case no-one heard him - in front on an NBN TV crew) while overseeing the environmental and economic destruction of a beautiful and vibrant rural village in the Hunter Valley.

See the story here

AGL Energy (ASX:AJK), you bought up all the (NSW Labor Party contributor) Sydney Gas shares, apparently to put an end to the (cowboy) antics of SGL staff like Colin "I'm the Enemy" Stace and Mark "Fart Joke" Harper and erase the history of this ship of fools.

AGL Energy's reputation is now at stake from their actions, and absolutely nothing has changed - including legal intimidation by Sydney Gas and/or their staff as reported by Ray Martin on A Current Affair.

It's all a big joke to the staff of Sydney Gas. Screw the community and get some laughs out of doing it. Very funny indeed.

Sack them all NOW AGL!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

A blast from the past...

In 2001, Russ Weakly made a couple of flash games regarding the John Howard Government's GST and their lack of respect/action on the Stolen Children, and together we published them under the name which drew legal threats from then Senator John (not at all sorry) Herron (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs) which lead to a frenzy of media at the time:

This is to formally let you know that I am instituting proceedings against you for defamation in the Supreme Court of Queensland . The Federal Police will be involved to track this website if I do not receive a response within 24 hours.

John Herron Minister for A.T.S.I. Affairs

While I have never been a great fan of the Pandora Archive at the National Library, it seems to have worked this time in accurately storing this piece of web history on a (then Liberal) Government web server - democracy in action. Thanks to the National Library, you can still steal all ten virtual Herron kids or lob a virtual tampon at little Johnny.

See the John Howard Shooting Gallery or the John Herron Stolen Children game or the remaining available media coverage from Electronic Frontiers Australia, ZDNet and AWN. Shame that the other media has disappeared :)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Foggy Mountain Jam - Jamtastic!

Foggy Mountain Jam was a huge success, packed with kids and great music.

The wines from Hope Estate were great, the food (with proceeds to Laguna Public School) was great and the music was jamtastic!

A highlight for me was Kasey singing a personal favourite and relatively unknown song (here anyway) - Bonnie Raitt and John Pine's "Angel From Montgomery" - I'll bet that isn't in the regular repertoire again, along with some other "farm songs" from the Chambers' family.

Add to that the classic, individual vocal power of Kasey Chambers, dad Bill's incredibly versatile string work on many instruments, Troy Cassar-Daley and Shane Howard's intricate guitar, vocals and melodies, Jim Moginie doing some lovely work (including Beds are Burning) and Shane Nicholson (alone and with with Kasey) is always magic.

The sound mix was perfect both from from the back of the crowd and from the "Oshkosh B'gosh" pit in front of the stage (many many kids)...

See the photo gallery for some photos from the evening...

Thanks so much to Veronica and Nash Chambers for allowing us onto their place for this event and to everyone else involved.

Friday, February 27, 2009

VIC bushfire affected communities given a voice online

auCD have temporarily* provided community websites for the recent Victorian (February, 2009) bushfire affected communities to help with the rebuilding of their communities as a potential focus point where community members can:

  • Share stories
  • Thank people
  • Remember people lost
  • Communicate community events and news
  • Share emergency evacuation/aftermath strategies
  • Provide links to important information (such as: council links, emergency information links)

Websites have been created for:

* auDA has agreed to temporarily waive the Policy Rules and Guidelines for CGDNs until 30/6/10 allowing .au Community Domains to register the CGDNs for the localities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires. If the CGDN cannot be transferred to an eligible entity within the local community on or before 30th June, 2010, then the CGDN will be deleted.

.au Community Domains, ACN 118 505 196, Phone: (03) 9863 8577

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Sydney Gas will be suspended from trading on March 4

Sydney Gas will be suspended from trading on March 4, following the despatch of compulsory acquisition notices by AGL Energy.

This news comes as AGL reaches 97% ownership in target Sydney Gas with AJ Lucas purchase activity being noted.



Monday, February 23, 2009

Oh Dear!

Our ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation - the national broadcaster) is letting the standards slip away...

On this page, they refer to Cessnock Jail which is not only incredibly badly spelt (sorry to the rest of the world that can't spell) but is just plain incorrect!

Naughty Aunty!

The name of the institution is Cessnock Correctional Center, colloquially known as Cessnock Gaol!

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

Coming in April, 2009, Valley Artists brings you the magical, emotional musical roller-coaster, of 'The Rise and Fall of Little Voice' . The stage play was written by Jim Cartwright, specifically for English impersonator Jane Horrocks (Absolutely Fabulous), and was premiered in Cottlesloe in 1992. In 1998 it was released as the movie 'Little Voice'.

Funny & sad, painfully truthful, it exposes the comedy and tragedy of a self indulgent, neglectful mother, Mari Hoff, and her shy reclusive daughter Laura, more commonly known as Little Voice. LV spends her time listening to her deceased father's record collection while Mum is busy going through her own assorted collection of men. Out of this collection comes a talent scout, Ray Say, who hears the potential of LV's voice. He endeavours to put her on stage at the local club leading to a dramatic conclusion.

The play explores the music of some of the greats Garland, Bassey, Monroe, Piaf & Billie Holiday.
This production is a wonderful technical challenge for Valley Artists.

You will thoroughly enjoy this popular musical drama.

'The Rise and Fall of Little Voice' will be directed by Janine Oliver (The Finnys, Wind in the Willows).

Friday, February 20, 2009

Gloucester Residents in Partnership

The GRIP website has been launched!

GRIP is a group of ordinary residents of the Gloucester Shire. GRIP has no political affiliations or agenda. Some members are directly affected by GRL's coal exploration. Others are not but share concern for the welfare of friends and the defence of Gloucester and its environment.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

National Day of Mourning

Sorry to bother you with two (or three depending on the list) emails in one
week... but this seemed important enough.

This Sunday, Father Graham Jackson will conduct an Ecumenical Service at St
John's Wollombi, commencing at 10.00am in respect of the National Day of
Mourning for those who have lost so much in the Victorian bushfires.

For me (not at all very religious), this service is akin to that of an ANZAC
service (and we know how crowded Wollombi's ANZAC Reserve is on April 25,
even in the rain). So I thought it was worth another email to inform those
who didn't know, so we can get together on Sunday and show our respect and
grieve collectively.

Lets also raise a glass at the Tavern after the service to honour the
incredible CFA and Police people (and many many others) that will never
recover from the horrible tasks they are still performing throughout

Many of us live in an tree-lined environment much closer than the
communities that were wiped out. I know it's been on many minds around here.
We have been very lucky.

They'll never know that we gathered to honour them... but we will - lest we forget.

Sorry for the intrusion. See you on Sunday.

Peter Firminger (Thanks to Caroline Maul for letting us know).

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Hmmm... no comment!

Donor Annual Return

Sydney Gas Operations Pty Ltd

Level 55, 124 Phillip St

Donations made to:

Australian Labor Party (N.S.W. Branch) - NSWPO Box K408
19 Mar 2001$10,000.00
Australian Labor Party (N.S.W. Branch) - NSWPO Box K408
05 Feb 2001$550.00
Australian Labor Party (Tasmanian Branch) - TASGPO Box 1115
01 Aug 2000$100.00
National Party of Australia - NATIONALPO Box E265
06 Jun 2001$2,308.00

From: The AEC Website

Follow up Letter to Ian McDonald

The Hon Ian McDonald MLC
NSW Minister for Primary Industries


I'm sorry if my previous question was too difficult for you to answer (or even acknowledge receipt) in a timely manner. So let's simplify it.

Can you please give a simple YES or NO to this question:

Do the Exploration Licences held by Sydney Gas Ltd (PEL 267, PEL 2 and PEL 5) specify any obligation to drill the entire exploration field, as stated by Mark Harper, meaning that they have an compulsory obligation under PEL 267 to drill in the Wollombi region?

The recipient list will continue to grow the longer you refuse to answer a very simple question Minister.


Peter Firminger
"Bulls Run"
Yango Creek Road
C/- General Store
Wollombi NSW 2325

CC: The Hon Kerry Hickey; The Hon George Souris; Ms Lee Rhiannon; Mr Barry O'Farrell; The Hon Joel Fitzgibbon

AGL Energy up to 92.5% in target Sydney Gas

Having gathered more than 90% of the shares, it is now clear that AGL Energy will force the aquisition of the remaining shares to take over Sydney Gas.

This means that AGL Energy can delist it and forever extinguish the bad name and reputation that Sydney Gas carries and fold it all into their own name.

We have long memories AGL, the reputation that Sydney Gas has (and that of it's employees and directors) will stay here a long long time.

The rats at Sydney Gas are scurrying to do some more dirty work under thair own bad name before this happens, so that AGL doesn't get tagged with it. Yes, I believe it's deliberate and timed for that very reason.

We'll remember... you own 92.5% of it now AGL, You STOP Sydney Gas from breaking agreements made in Broke NOW or you will be tagged with everything that went before.

See for further details from the Hunter Bulga Gas Action Group

Monday, February 9, 2009

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Victorian Bushfires Appeal 2009

Donate to the Victorian Bushfires Appeal 2009 by phoning the Australian Red Cross on 1800 811 700 or donate online here

Note: Wollombi Valley is not in Victoria, it's in the NSW Hunter Valley. Please contact the Red Cross for details of how you can help with donations of goods.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Little brown ropes

I have been overdressed and armed with a steel rake for the past 48 hours after seeing a 1 metre Brown Snake coming across the loungroom towards me while on the phone to Caroline at Planet Ark.

Poor Caroline got an earfull as I screamed an expletive and ran for cover as I was dressed in very little with no shoes.

Unfortunately the camera was out of reach at the times I could see it and I haven't seen it since Wednesday afternoon so I am hoping that it found the way out - but I'm not convinced.

I can't leave the doors open too much as my other adversary, the 2 metre Goanna, will come in (again). So for the first time in years, I'm wearing shoes and jeans in the house (in 35+ heat) and walking around with the rake in case I need to defend myself. Not that I want to kill anything... Guess I'm not up for a bravery award :(

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Letter to Ian McDonald - NSW Minister for Primary Industries

Letter sent on 28-Jan-09 to The Hon Ian McDonald - which so far remains unanswered

Dear Minister,

The General Manager of Sydney Gas Ltd - Mark Harper - has said to the people of Wollombi (and Broke/Bulga) on a number of occasions, that Sydney Gas is obligated under "the Licence" to do exploratory drilling in ALL parts of the exploration licence area. He has said this in relation to justifying the absolute need for Sydney Gas to drill in the vicinity of Wollombi Village, even though they "don't expect to find suitable gas for a production field".

I can supply video of one of the occurrences he has said all this if required.

Can you please provide the text from the license (PEL 267) that frames the terms of this "obligation" to do exploratory drilling in the entire PEL boundary, regardless of the perceived production outcomes at the location.

If Mr Harper is correct, this obligation will be in writing in the license and should be able to be either supplied as text or as a scan of that distinct part of the document.

Can you also confirm whether the same is true for PEL 2 and PEL 5.


Peter Firminger

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Letter to Cessnock Council

Cessnock City Council
Att: Darren McKimm

To whom it may concern,

I am quite bemused by the local politics of the Cunneens Bridge issue in Wollombi and the peer pressure and scaremongering that is going on by a very small group within the community.

Council has clearly listened to the community and option 3 is by far the best for the physical heritage issues of the location, has less cumulative impact on the affected landowners and should be adopted and promptly actioned so that the bridge can carry local, tourist and emergency (heavy fire vehicle) traffic again. Having to store a fire tanker on that side of the bridge for emergency use is a joke.

Council do have something to answer for. The bridge has been left to rot for many years now so it is now beyond hope as a working bridge. It should have been properly maintained and restoration would still be a viable option.

Having said that, those with vested interests within the community that have held this up for far too long are as much to blame. Let's hope no-one dies in a fire due to lack of access by a tanker.

Over the past few weeks, it has been reported that many residents (and visitors for that matter) have been harangued into signing a petition supporting option 2 (upstream) with very little or no explanation of the real issues and the benefits of the downstream options, particularly option 3.

I believe you have already received some emails/letters from signatories retracting their support for the upstream option through that petition, having learned the truth of the matter at a later stage (through either attending or having conversation with people that attended the Progress meeting).

Consequently, that petition should be viewed with very little weight and the letters and emails freely written directly to Council on this issue be the basis of Council's community advice towards their decision.

Yes, landowners on both sides have some legitimate concerns, and the Cunneens Bridge Group has real preservations concerns. Option 3 however, addresses these concerns in the best possible way. Any other proposed interests and reasons for continued fighting are just the dying noises of a losing argument.

On that point, the other issue that is being used as a threat is a letter (with no maps or diagrams) outlining the "Wollombi Brook Cultural Precinct" that states that "This vision will only be possible if the new bridge is built on the UPSTREAM side of Cunneens Bridge", which is just ridiculous! As Council representatives have clearly pointed out (and as evidenced by the plan itself) the confluence of Congewai Creek and Wollombi Brook is nowhere near the bridge and none of the options have any impact whatsoever on "This Vision".

I'm happy to publish that outline of the project if the author would like to send it to me along with their permission, and any Wollombi residents or Council representatives are free to have their say on Wollombi Valley Online (where this letter, the Council Documents and other posts on the issue have been published without favour).

Option 3 has my full support.

I'd like to add three notes.

  1. I'm sure that no-one in this community would mind having the 50km/h local traffic zone extended beyond the bridge from Wollombi, especially if there will be an increase in pedestrian traffic at that location. This could allow the curves to be a little tighter and use even less private land.
  2. The new bridge should not be called "Cunneens Bridge" as the old one with that name will remain. "New Cunneens Bridge" or "Cunneens Crossing" are two options to retain Patrick Cunneen's name.
  3. All signage on bridges crossing Congewai Creek currently incorrectly displaying "Wollombi Brook North Arm" should be replaced and the creek correctly identified.

Let's build a bridge, NOW!


Peter Firminger
Yango Creek Road
C/- Wollombi General Store
4998 3388

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Foggy Mountain Jam

Foggy Mountain Jam

Essence Music Presents

Foggy Mountain Jam

A Family Music Day With

Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson,
Troy Cassar-Daley
Shane Howard (Goanna)
Bill Chambers & Jim Moginie (Midnight Oil)
plus special guests

Foggy Mountain - Murrays Run Rd Laguna

4pm - 28 February 2009


Adults $40, Kids 5-14 yrs $15, Under 5 FREE
Food and Bar facilities (no BYO), Jumping Castle
Bring chairs or rugs, hats and sunscreen


For Accommodation in Wollombi Valley (Hunter Valley NSW) for this event, see the Wollombi Valley Accommodation section of Wollombi Valley Online with the listings in Burralong Valley, Laguna and Wollombi being the closest.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Ducks 4 Dollars - Supporting local surf and rescue

Since 2004 the Energy Australia Ducks 4 Dollars Australia Day event has raised more than $100,000 for the Hunter's Surf Clubs and the community's own Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

The cooperative fundraising event is held annually from 10.30am at Queens Wharf in Newcastle on Australia Day (26 January).

On the day two heats of adopted ducks are released into Newcastle Harbour where they bob and float with the tide across a 200 metre course for line honours and fantastic prizes generously provided by EnergyAustralia.

Adopt a Duck for the WRHS today

Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service

For over 30 years the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, working in collaboration with its emergency service partners has transported 20,000 people. This free service is provided because the community supports the Service through donations and in-kind contributions. By purchasing a duck, you will become part of this essential service which conducts over 3 missions a day, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Hunter Surf Lifesaving

In the 101 years since Australian Surf Lifesaving was established, surf lifesavers have saved over 500,000 lives and given over 1.4billion hours of time. The Hunter's surflifesavers, repesented by the Branch's 13 Clubs from Hawkes Nest to Catherine Hill Bay continue to protect swimmers and surfers on the Hunter Coastline. There is a constant need for more and better rescue equipment.