OSCA News Report – July 2012

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Jul 142012

Dear OSCA Member

Welcome to the Ocean Shores Community Association (OSCA) News Report. OSCA is taking part in the Ocean Shores’ Shopping Village’s Spring into Spring Fair, which we hope will become an annual event. There are many activities planned for the six weeks of the Fair, including a $1000 cash shopping docket barrel drawn on Saturday September 1st 11am in the shopping mall, a cocktail party and others. Prizes will also be drawn each Friday. Watch the media each week for details, or visit the OSCA website.

On two Saturdays 14th July and 1st September, there will be a free supervised 4 x 8 metre kid’s slide for children 10 years and under. This will be in the front of the Ocean Shores Community Church, next to Target. If raining, the slide will be postponed to the following week. One of the Saturdays is sponsored by the Summerland Credit Union.

Community organisations are invited to take part, with opportunities to raise money and showcase what they do. We are working with Quota, Lions, Marine Rescue, CWA, Bay Rollers and others. If you know of a community organisation that could benefit, please let us know at roger@rajahroad.com.au.

This year, OSCA has been given the opportunity by the shopping centre to borrow the shop next to Target. We are exhibiting a collection of historic aerial photographs of our town and much more. The 2012 OSCA executive team, Vice President Jason Lasky, Secretary Roger Curran, Treasurer Dianne Costin and myself, President Jan Mangleson invite you to come and visit, meet us, and view the collection, plus other art works. There will be something new each week. This will be an OSCA fundraiser, with a gold (coloured!) coin donation to enter. Please let your friends know, or send them this email.

The photo exhibition opens at noon Saturday July 14th and will run for six weeks. If you would like to help out at the exhibition, please let us know. The more people we have, the more often we can open the doors. Please call Jan 66801108 or Roger 66190308, or call in at the shop.

The collection of early and recent aerial photographs of Ocean Shores and district are breathtaking. We have on exhibition a selection of these photographs, starting from 1968 with the Roundhouse as the only building, up to recent years, showing the new highway being built, the growth of the town, the shopping centre, the demolished Roundhouse on an empty site, the golf course, primary school, New Brighton, South Golden Beach, Billinudgel, Brunswick Heads and much more.

If you can identify some of the landmarks, etc, we would love to know.

Our next OSCA meeting is this Monday night, July 16th at 7pm at the exhibition shop, next to Target. The agenda includes the Roundhouse site, Sportsfields, Roads maintenance and other infrastructure, council candidates meeting etc. Please contact our secretary Roger Curran if you would like to discuss an issue, at roger@rajahroad.com.au.

Hope to see you at the exhibition shop,


Jan Mangleson President, OSCA.

Ocean Shores Australia Day World Mullet Throwing Championship Goes International

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Jan 302012

Visitor to Ocean Shores, Natasha Nozdrina of Ivanavo, Russia took out the 2012 Australia Day World Mullet Throwing Championship in the Women’s section with a 15m 70cm throw against a strong field. Natasha who is delighted with her win is hoping to return to defend her title next year. Natasha and her daughter Marsha flew back to Russia on Saturday, with the trophy in her luggage.


Nick Ward throwing winning mullet

Natasha and members of her sister’s Anastasia’s family took out three sections in the popular contest. Proud parents Nick and Anastasia Ward of Ocean Shores applauded their daughter Sophia who took out the Under 10 Girls’ with a throw of the junior size 750 gram mullet of 8 m 90 cms.
Then Nick threw the senior 1000 gram wood and rubber “mullet” a record 40 metres to win the Men’s section for the second time.


Nick Natasha and Sophie

The other winners were Under 10 Boys George Russo (12 m), Girls 10-15 years Emily Smith (13.90cm) Boys 10-15 years Omri Ben Harush (21m 70cm). A special prize of the Boxing Kangaroo was awarded in a new category of the under 5’s to Yonatan Lev, who threw 6m 20 cms.
The Ocean Shores Australia Day World Mullet Throwing Championship has been run each year since 2007 when the “mullets” were made of cotton fabric filled with sand. These didn’t last very long! Improved models of rubber and wood were made by Stan Petroff and have been used ever since.

sophie ward

Sophie Ward

Local identity Stan Ciblinsky states it is appropriate for the town to honour the humble mullet. Being a coastal town with many creeks and lakes closely connected to the ocean, mullet can be seen leaping out of the water, especially when the paperbarks are in flower. Stan has seen large mullet leap from the water in a long run of four or five leaps. No-one seems to know the reason for this behaviour. Stan thinks it is sheer exurberance on the part of this marvellous fish. It provides very good eating as well, and is high in omega 3 and essential oils.

The extreme weather with rain and flooding forced the closure of most of the Australia Day functions in the Shire. However, the Mullet Throwing Championship and the Ocean Shores Australia Day celebrations were able to go ahead thanks to the Ocean Shores Primary School whose principal Chris Hauritz made the school hall and undercover open space available. The weather held and the mullet throwing took place in the school grounds, under the supervision of officers of the Brunswick Heads Marine Rescue.

Winner of the Mullet Throwing Under-5s, Yonatan Lev, 4, from Ocean Shores. PHOTO: ALLISON ROGERS

Yonatan Lev, 4, from Ocean Shores.

A concert performed by Slim Pickens, Stan Ciblinski, the Ocean Shores Peace Choir and an Aussie singalong led by David Hall provided wonderful entrainment throughout the evening. A sausage sizzle on the barbie was cooked by members of the Mullumbimby/Brunswick Lions Club. The children took part in facepainting and artwork on the map of Australia. This was provided compliments of the new arts organisation Arts East Inc. and Byron Council.

Ocean Shores’ resident, SES chief and the Byron Shire Volunteer of the Year Noel Macalvinny was applauded by the crowd and presented with a gift of a bottle of red wine. Noel explained the significance of the red wine. A daily glass of red had been recommended by Shirley Nelson OAM in her Australia Day address at the formal celebrations at Mullumbimby, where Noel received his award. Shirley spoke of the sense of community and the many volunteers in the Shire. The mayor Jan Barham told us that the Byron Shire had the highest percentage of volunteers in the state.

Our own Ocean Shores Community Association (OSCA) Citizen of the Year Award, was given to young mum Dr. Orit Ben Harush who gained her PhD through the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. A Press Release was put out by QUT announcing Orit’s award. Orit spoke to us also about the sense of community, the importance of friendships and a welcoming atmosphere as being vital to the wellbeing of a town. She named this seachange town of Ocean Shores as reflecting this ethos and calls Ocean Shores a wonderful place to live. Orit then cut the giant lamington for all to enjoy.

The Ocean Shores Community Association honours a local resident each year on Australia Day. In previous years, Frank Mills OAM, Ted Kabboutt, Athol Compton and others have been honoured. OSCA will be calling for submissions for this award for 2013. There are no age limits or performance categories. All submissions will be judged by an independent panel. The OSCA website gives details on www.osca.org.au.
The OSCA Australia Day raffle first prize of two tickets to Thursday at the 2012 Bluesfest was won by…Second Prize of a convection oven was won by … Other prizes were won by….

For details please go to the OSCA website.

OSCA thanks all of the above and everyone who helped this event to be so successful.


Ocean Shores Township Profile

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Jan 242012
Ocean Shores (circa1972)

Ocean Shores (circa1972)

Early photograph of Ocean Shores (circa1972) prior to the construction of the Orana Bridge, showing a free flowing Marshall’s Creek and an un-silted Readings Bay, the newly constructed rock wall at the entrance of the Bay and the village of Sheltering Palms (destroyed in Cyclone Pam in 1974). In the foreground are the uncompleted Golf Course and Orana Units, the Country Club opened in 1972 and the Roundhouse Administration Centre opened in 1969. The town of Brunswick Heads is at the top right hand corner.

Ocean Shores has grown significantly over the past ten years
and has become the largest residential town in the Byron Shire.

The town has beautiful ocean, mountain, river, golf course and coastline views. The surfing beaches of North Beach, New Brighton, South Golden and Fern Beach are part of the 7km pristine coastal strip of beach from North Head at the mouth of the Brunswick River to Wooyung Creek on the northern boundary of the Byron Shire. New Brighton and South Golden beaches are patrolled only during the summer public holiday period.

The estuary of Marshall’s Creek or the North Arm of the Brunswick River enters the Pacific Ocean through the Brunswick River, of which it is a tributary. Marshall’s Creek begins in the hills behind The Pocket and Middle Pocket, inland from Billinudgel.

The Ocean Village Shopping Centre is a central meeting place. It has a variety of stores including a Coles supermarket, a discount variety shop, tavern and bottle shop, news agency and post office, green-grocer, cafes, hairdressing salons, hardware store, bakery, real estate agents, accountant and solicitors offices, as well as jewellery and gift shops, optometrist, medical centre, dentist, physiotherapist, video shop, family resource centre & and the Shire’s first department store, Country Target.

The Ocean Shores Golf Course is very popular. Locals and visitors enjoy the challenge of this first class 18 hole course (listed in Australia’s top 100 golf courses). Golf, lawn bowls, a swimming pool and excellent dining make the Ocean Shores Country Club a popular holiday venue. Golf and accommodation packages are also available.

Background Information about Ocean Shores

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Jan 242012

Ocean Shores began with a Deed of Agreement between the developers, Wendell West Company Pty. Ltd, the State Planning Authority, the Council of Byron Shire, Rous County Council, the Council of the Municipality of Mullumbimby, hereafter called the electricity supply authority. The Deed was signed on 16th April 1969. It was the first privately built town in Australia to have underground power, layback kerb and guttering and curvilinear roads instead of the traditional grid iron pattern.
There were covenants to protect the type of dwellings allowed including no flat (asbestos) sheeting or corrugated asbestos or iron roofing, generous front and side boundary setbacks, no front fences, one dwelling per lot. It is the only town founded in the Byron Shire in the 20th Century.

The Roundhouse Administration and Sales Centre was opened by the then Minister for Housing and Co-operative Societies S. T. Stephens MLA on 29th March 1969. The whole estate was designed by Robert Sully, renowned Californian urban planner and architect. He also designed the Roundhouse and provided plans for an Aboriginal Art Gallery which was never built.

Infrastructure was entirely built by the developers, including the Orana Bridge over Marshall’s Creek, a sewerage treatment plant that still services Ocean Shores and district, water reservoirs, roads, lakes, golf course and club house, a sales office on Balemo Drive (now the Pacific Palms Motel) and the Capricornia Canal at North Ocean Shores. Construction of the estate provided employment for many local residents. Underground power was provided in conjunction with the Mullumbimby Municipality.

Jan Mangleson
Ocean Shores Community Association (OSCA)