Kerrie kindly took the time to write an entry to the Eurobodalla Neighbour Day ‘Tell Us Your Story’ To celebrate Neighbour Day. Thank you very much Kerrie! Here's Kerrie's winning entry -
The Greatest Neighbourhood Dinner
An event occurs on the headland at Mullimburra Point in Bingie in the lead up to Christmas every year. Pergolas erected, tables assembled, BBQ’s borrowed and transported. The young, the young at heart, the old timers, recent arrivals, the permanents, the “one day we will move here’s”. As numbers swell so the tables sag under the weight of ‘bring a plate to share’. Camp chairs fill the grassy expanse overlooking the golden sands and pristine waters of our local beach. Eskys are unpacked, glasses clink with an array of liquids and laughter fills the air. The smell of cooking onions, carnivorous delights and vegetarian options waft. (celiac and lactose intolerant catered for, too!) New comers introduce themselves, pass around the platters and are soon no longer strangers. As the sun rises higher in the sky, chairs are squeezed together to share shade. Neighbours meet neighbours for the first time, whilst others rekindle connections lost since last year. A cricket set is found and some head down to the sand. Meanwhile under the sunshades, recipes are swapped, rainfall discussed and fire plans considered. Gradually the crowd disperses. Full of fine food, maybe one too many drinks but richer for having spent time with others who call this piece of paradise ‘home’. “See you at the Fire Shed on Xmas Eve!” “Pop over for a coffee, one day” “You can borrow mine!” “We could do with a new BBQ!”
On Saturday the 10 November, the Bingie Residents Association’s geologists Geoff Scott and Philip Hughes took us on a geological time walk starting at Congo Headland, along the Bingie Dreaming Track and finishing at Meringo Beach.
Twenty-five people including many non-members and 2 young children walked the geological time span from the 29 million year old Coila Basalt at Congo Headland and then along the Bingie Dreaming Track to 115,000 year old interglacial ‘fossil’ cliffs of the Meringo Creek Formation. This was a time when the temperature was 2 degrees warmer and the sea level 5 metres higher.
We finished back in time again with Coila Basalt fractured into large 4-8 sided columns and strewn at the northern end of Meringo Beach.
It was great day of learning about how our shores and soils were formed so long ago. For more geology details download the document congo-meringo_notes from the link below.
Bingie Residents Association