Annual Festival Attracts Visitors to Lemon Tree Passage

Tilligerry Auto Club member Allen Thompson in his restored 1976 Holden Torana.
Tilligerry Auto Club member Allen Thompson in his restored 1976 Holden Torana.

Held at Henderson Park, Lemon Tree Passage on Saturday 19 November, the annual Tilligerry Festival Foreshore Fun Day proved once again to be a successful event.

State Member for Port Stephens Kate Washington was in attendance, telling News Of The Area, “So many people work so hard to make it happen.”
“The community spirit has always been here and with increased numbers at the Festival you can really feel it today.”

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In addition to the usual rides, show bags, and fireworks, many volunteer, community, and education groups participate in the Festival, showcasing their services and products to the general public of festival attendees.

The Tilligerry Auto Club was a popular attraction and in a kerbside chat, President Ian Jones told News Of The Area, “This club has been going for seven years.”

“If you like cars, you’re welcome to come along, we don’t discriminate against make, model, or gender.”

The Ocean and Coast Care Initiatives (OCCI) volunteer group had a mocked-up rock pool to showcase some of the work they do.

Volunteers Ainsley and Roger Reeder told News Of The Area, “We are here to educate people about the local environment.”

Experienced rescuer from the Port Stephens Koala Group Ms June Wheen said, “Making people aware and educating them about who to contact when they find a koala is a key focus today.”

President Carmel Northwood added, “Community engagement is important to us as our focus is on rescue and rehabilitation.”

“Surrounding groups don’t have specialised care so we collect animals from areas such as Medowie and Muswellbrook to provide them with medical care before releasing back into their local environment,” she said.

By Heather SHARP

Olivia Hicks visiting from Merewether rides a bike to power a blender for the University of Newcastle’s Healthy Eating and Active Lifestyle (HEAL) program.
Olivia Hicks visiting from Merewether rides a bike to power a blender for the University of Newcastle’s Healthy Eating and Active Lifestyle (HEAL) program.

Julia Wormer, 7, from Lemon Tree passage raising money selling $2 banksia men.
Julia Wormer, 7, from Lemon Tree passage raising money selling $2 banksia men.

Santa hands out sweets to children after arriving on a Marine Rescue NSW boat.
Santa hands out sweets to children after arriving on a Marine Rescue NSW boat.

Santa made a special arrival on the Marine Rescue NSW boat.
Santa made a special arrival on the Marine Rescue NSW boat.

Rural Fire Service volunteer and Tilligerry Auto Club member Judy Camm with her 1958 Morris Minor 1000 Utility.
Rural Fire Service volunteer and Tilligerry Auto Club member Judy Camm with her 1958 Morris Minor 1000 Utility.

Ainsley and Roger Reeder for OCCI Ocean and Coastal Care Initiatives teach Medowie local, Elizabeth Kilday, 3, about rock pool environments.
Ainsley and Roger Reeder for OCCI Ocean and Coastal Care Initiatives teach Medowie local, Elizabeth Kilday, 3, about rock pool environments.

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