Tathra on Wharf to Waves’ peak

Tathra's Shayne Rettke crosses the line in third place in the Tathra Wharf to Waves 1200m Splash for Cash men's race on Sunday.
Tathra's Shayne Rettke crosses the line in third place in the Tathra Wharf to Waves 1200m Splash for Cash men's race on Sunday.

THE Tathra Wharf to Waves has again proven to be a boon for Bega Valley tourism.

Held on Saturday and Sunday, the annual event incorporated swimming events, a bike ride, fun run and family activities.

Organising committee representative Linda Badewitz-Dodd said the 2014 Wharf to Waves was another success.

While figures for how many people were in town over the weekend are difficult to estimate, Ms Badewitz-Dodd said the Wharf to Waves generated a fantastic atmosphere regardless.

“It was a great weekend for the town,” she said.

“Everyone says it was fantastic to come here - there was a good vibe around the place.

“There were lots of first timers [in the events], but also some old names as well.”

Ms Badewitz-Dodd said the Wharf to Waves was a great community event.

All funds raised go to three Tathra community organisations – Tathra Surf Life Saving Club, Tathra Preschool and Tathra Rural Fire Service.

Ms Badewitz-Dodd said the committee would announce a final tally of money raised in the coming days.

“It’s too early to call how much was raised, but it’s looking pretty good,” she said.

While the competitive action was lively, there were also plenty of fun activities around Tathra to attract tourists.

The Tathra Public School P&C committee hosted a market day on Sunday, featuring 15 stalls.

Market organiser Chris Gowing said it was a lovely day for all involved.

Ms Gowing said the event helped raise $900 for the P&C committee, with funds going towards school resources.

She said the market attracted plenty of families and tourists.

“We had 15 stalls which seemed to work quite well,” Ms Gowing said.

“There was a great atmosphere - we had one student playing drums and busking, while other students and teachers helped out with the P&C cake stall.

“It was a nice out-of-school event.”

Elsewhere, Amusements-R-Us set up its traditional carnival show in Taylor Square.

Amusements-R-Us is a sponsor of the Wharf to Waves event and the carnival will remain in Tathra until Australia Day.

“It all added to the carnival atmosphere and it brings people into town,” Ms Badewitz-Dodd said.

Ms Badewitz-Dodd thanked all volunteers who helped run the 2014 Wharf to Waves.

She said she had received positive feedback from visitors who were impressed with the friendly attitude around Tathra.

“That’s why we live where we live,” Ms Badewitz-Dodd said.

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