Be sure to take advantage of the wonderful summer weather and get out to some of the great events on in Gippsland this weekend.
Head down to Phillip Island for the 29th annual Bendigo Bank San Remo Channel Challenge, this Saturday February 1. This event is hosted by the Woolamai Beach SLSC and comprises of a 550 metre swim across the channel between San Remo and Phillip Island, and a 2km run back over the bridge to finish in the main street of San Remo.
This event is a local highlight of the year, with a carnival running all day including markets, live entertainment, attractions for the kids and the notorious Hole-in-One golf challenge. The San Remo Channel Challenge is part of the Bass Coast Summer Series of biathlons. Be sure to head to the website at www.islandevents.org.au to find out more information.
Saturday February 1, 1.45pm in San Remo.
The Loch Village Woodworking and Timber Festival is on this weekend, in conjunction with the Craft and Quilt Festival. Woodturning, Scroll Saw, Woodwizz & sign making displays, Wide range of quality woodwork stalls, Wood finishing products and assorted timber displays & sales is all on show this Saturday February 1. From 9am-4pm in Loch Village, Loch. Email auswoodcraft.live.com.au for more information.
A community event is being held on Sunday 2 February to celebrate the opening of the VDP Ecological Reserve, the new 225 ha community coastal park surrounding the Victorian Desalination Plant. There will be a range of free activities and entertainment throughout the day, where the public will be able to take a peek inside the desalination plant from inside the special viewing gallery, explore the eight kilometres of trails and wetlands surrounding the area and find out more about the beautiful birdlife from local experts.
Free sausage sizzle from 12pm-2pm, and entertainment by Wonthaggi Citizens’ Band and Neville Drummond and his jazz band. Formal opening by the Hon. Ken Smith will take place at 2pm.