News Archive

Catho wins Beautiful Beach Award – 9th November 2009 Attached … CATHERINE Hill Bay has been named the jewel in the crown of the Hunter’s beaches, collecting top honours in the Keep Australia Beautiful Beach challenge for Hunter and Lower North Coast .
Catho wins Clean Beach Challenge – 20th November 2008 Attached …Catherine Hill Bay is a fitting regional winner of the hotly contested Department of Environment and Climate Change NSW Overall Beach Award and will now be in the running, with other regional winners, for the State award to be announced in Sydney on 5 December. Image of award attached. Newspaper article attached
Catherine Hill Bay Progress Association received the Australia Day Award for the Best Community Event – 16th January 2008 Today the Catherine Hill Bay Progress Association received the Australia Day Award for the Best Community Event from the Lake Macquarie City Council. The Community Event was the “Back To The Bay” Catherine Hill Bay Heritage Festival.Back to the Bay is a community festival to inspire residents and visitors to learn more about the Bay’s unique natural environment and built heritage. It is a celebration of the Lake ‘s oldest continuing settlement. The festival includes movies, entertainment, marching bands, Coal-Mining Old Timer’s Reunion , Film Screenings, Art Show, Heritage Walks and an Eco-Tour.  In 2007 around 3,500 people attended the event.Thanks to everyone who contributed their skills and talents. You have all helped to raise our profile at a time when we are under great challenge. Thank you.
Catho Wins State Award It’s official — Catherine Hill Bay beach has the best “Beach Spirit” in NSW!That’s no surprise to the swimmers, surfers, fishermen, walkers and families who use the Beach.But now the community has official confirmation to prove it – from Keep Australia Beautiful’s Clean Beach Challenge.

In November last year the Challenge selected Catherine Hill Bay as the Hunter region winner of its 2007 challenge.

MatthewTaylor, Chief Executive of Keep Australia Beautiful, said the Bay “combines a friendly, typical, well-used Australian beach, with an historical setting as well — loved by its community.

“A proactive community ensures that the unique character of this beach and the heritage value of its surrounds is maintained while the area’s natural heritage is managed by a small but effective army of Dune Care volunteers.”

The State Awards were announced at the Bathers Pavilion, Balmoral Beach on 30 November with the Bay being selected from a large field as the NSW winner for “Beach Spirit.”

Picture: Progress Association President Sue Whyte (right) and Middle Camp beach user Rebecca Leahy (centre) accept the NSW “Beach Spirit” award from Mathew Taylor.

The Progress Association will present its winner’s plaques and outdoor signage to the Catherine Hill Bay Surf Club on 4 March, when the club celebrates its contribution to the 100th anniversary of surf life saving in NSW.

War Memorial Dedicated Catherine Hill Bay War Memorial was dedicated on Saturday 25 February 2006 in the park adjacent to the Bowling Club in Flowers DriveThe black granite memorial lists the names of more than 130 residents, men and women, who enlisted for WWI, WWII, Korea , Malaysia and Vietnam and signifies those who lost their lives to war.Importantly, the memorial features four scenes, one of each face, of mining activities in the Bay’s past.

The memorial is a distinctive and dignified reminder that generations of Bay coal miners and their families “answered the call” in war time.

The memorial also summarizes a life’s activity for Roy McDougall, of Clarke St , who is President of the Bay RSL sub-branch, has long standing relationships with both the Bowling Club and Surf Club, and has made an outstanding contribution to the Bay community for many decades.

The memorial was made possible by community donations and fund raising by Roy and others. The idea was initiated and brought to fruition by Roy and David Armstrong, now of Swansea , who as Environmental Scientist for Coal and Allied, suggested the idea.

In recognition of their efforts Mrs Jill Hall, Federal MP for Shortland, called on Roy and David to assist her to unveiled the memorial before a crowd of about 200 residents and visitors, including armed forces personnel.

 

Catherine Hill Bay Film Night – 2012 Saturday 18th of February, on a cool summer night near the tennis court. We saw films from our Catho Classics collection.
We auctioned Gartelmann wines, two nights accomodation in the Hunter Valley,
2 hour professional gardening consultation with Linda Ross, Jacaranda Cruise and walk in Hunters Hill (Ross Tours), and Fullasagoog Coffee & Eats, Swansea, breakfast for two.
Clean Up Australia Day 2012 Sunday 4th March
For future days click here and read more information.
Nation Trust Heritage Festival – Saturday 14 April 2pm-4pm A two hour walking tour starting at the Jetty, celebrating the uniqueness of this structure and its role in the life of Catherine Hill Bay.
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