Breakfast before bike ride a tasty win all round for Bega, Tathra communities

FOR THE COMMUNITY: Tathra Australian Rules Football Club treasurer David Howard and president Greg Coman, with CEFE's Prue Kelly and Matthew Nott.
FOR THE COMMUNITY: Tathra Australian Rules Football Club treasurer David Howard and president Greg Coman, with CEFE's Prue Kelly and Matthew Nott.

A huge community breakfast and bike ride this month is raising awareness and funds for several top local projects.

Tathra’s Australian Rules Football Club and Clean Energy For Eternity (CEFE) are hosting a breakfast and cake stall on Sunday, September 24, to raise funds for the Lawrence Park solar energy project.

It’s planned that solar panels will be installed on the Sea Eagles’ clubhouse as part of major planned renovations.

At the breakfast, the fundraising team will also accept and receipt donations towards the project, with those who donate $100 or more to be listed on the sponsor board at the entrance to Lawrence Park at its completion.

The community breakfast will run from 7.30-10.30am at Lawrence Park Tathra and will also cater for the Tathra to Bega Community Bike Riders who pedal off at 9am.

The ride is separately raising funds for the planned Bega-Tathra bike path and Legacy.

“It seemed a logical match to have clean energy and healthy lifestyle organisations partner for the benefit of two local community projects,” Tathra football club treasurer David Howard said.

“So treat yourself to a freshly cooked egg and bacon roll and barista coffee, buy some homemade cakes, donate a solar panel, and enjoy the ride. It's going to be a fun day for all.”

Howard said it is an exciting time at the footy club with major renovations planned to the Lawrence Park community club rooms as well as the planned solar project. These renovations will greatly improve this community asset and its potential range of use, including being used as a start or end staging point for the new Bega-Tathra Safe Ride pathway.

TAFC President Greg Coman said he greatly appreciated the time and effort of Matthew Nott, Prue Kelly and the CEFE team to partner in this project and invited our community to join in the fun.  EFTPOS and cash payments available.  

The Bega-Tathra Safe Ride project is no longer 'somewhere over the rainbow' the committee behind the proposal says.

The Bega-Tathra Safe Ride project is no longer 'somewhere over the rainbow' the committee behind the proposal says.

Bega-Tathra Bike Ride

A NSW Bike Week community ride from Tathra to Bega will showcase the vision and potential of the ambitious plan to build a permanent track between the two towns.

Over $3million in state government funding earlier this year has turned the idea into a reality.

“We’ve been talking about this for a long time so to secure this funding was a dream come true, but we need to keep fundraising,” Robert Hartemink, “lead rider” of the Bega Tathra Safe Ride committee, said.

On Sunday, September 24, rolling road closures starting at 9am from Lawrence Park, Tathra, will give riders a chance to experience the journey without the normal pressure of traffic.

“This will be a great family day – only the brave and keenest of riders can tackle this course normally, the speed and the closeness of cars and trucks is just too much for most,” Mr Hartemink said.

 “I can’t wait to see families enjoying our beautiful countryside without that stress, not only on September 24, but whenever they choose to ride once we complete the track.”

Planning and design work for the new track is in full swing led by Bega Valley Shire Council.

“Council are keen to get as much bang for buck as possible, we are hoping to get as far as we can with the $3million,” Mr Hartemink said.

“In the meantime we’ll push on with fundraising chipping away at each kilometre until it’s done.”

Entry fees for the ride are part of that effort, but Bega Valley Legacy will share in the funds to support its work with families affected by war.

Entries are now open and the number of riders is starting to build as word spreads.

The finish line is the Bega Showground, with riders expected to arrive before 11am.

“This is a new event for the region and I really hope people are bitten by the riding bug and get a group together and register quickly,” Bega Tathra Safe Ride secretary Doug Reckord said.

Tathra Beach and Bike have chipped in with a $500 voucher for the purchase of a Specialized bike from the store. All riders will be in the draw for that fantastic prize.

There’s more information on the Bega Tathra Safe Ride Facebook page including a link to TryBooking.com for registrations.

“We are hoping the first section of track will be done in the first half of next year, and to keep the momentum going it would be terrific to see a big community turn out on September 24,” Mr Reckord said.