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Celebrating past local heroes

A special International Women’s Day lunch will be held Friday March 8 to celebrate three exceptionally courageous and resilient Indigenous and European pioneering women who were instrumental in the establishment of Ocean Shores.

The ‘Heroes Of The North’ free luncheon, hosted by the Ocean Shores Community Association (OSCA), will be held at the Ocean Shores Country Club from 11am to 3pm. 

Proud long-time resident and community advocate Jan Mangleson says that present day Ocean Shores was the first European settlement in 1849 between the Richmond and Tweed Rivers.

The women recognised for the event are Maria Hains, founder of Hainsville (present day Ocean Shores), Indigenous Githabul Ngarkwal matriarch Charlotte Williams and Bessie Bower, the previous owner of a dairy property that was the site of the former Roundhouse administration centre for the Ocean Shores development.  

An additional series of events will be offered by OSCA and the golden jubilee committee throughout the Ocean Shores golden jubilee year as the community continues to promote, share and celebrate the town’s history and the contributions of its residents past and present.

For more information visit www.oceanshorescommunity.org.au.

SHIFT project features at IWD luncheon

International Women’s Day will be celebrated at Elements Of Byron on March 8 with a focus on the SHIFT Project and on #BalanceforBetter.

The local project aims to empower women through pathways to independence for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Organisers say they are thrilled to have on their panel special guest Fay Jackson, CEO of Vision in Mind, GM Inclusion @ Flourish Australia and Deputy Commissioner of the NSW Mental Health Commission. Other panelists include Mandy Nolan, comedian, journalist, author, teacher and activist as well as Anne Goslett, the SHIFT Project MD and Sharon Sweeney, case worker at Gold Coast recovery facility Fairhaven.

Tables will be per 10 – you can purchase a table or individual tickets – seating plans will be available on the day. If you are in a group size below 10 you will be sharing a table and making new friends on the day.

Included in the ticket price is a three course lunch, consisting of a shared entree and dessert plate with a main of the day.

Organisers say tickets are extremely limited. The event starts at 11.30am. Visit Eventbrite to secure your ticket.

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