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The Wagaitear


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Wagait Beach (N.T.) -- Periodicals; Cox Peninsula (N.T.) -- Periodicals

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Anna Greer

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Wagait Beach


v. 6 no. 14

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Anna Greer



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The Wagaitear - June 2014 10 Local IMPORTERS of Indonesian FURNITURE daybeds POTZ STATUES artifacts water features HOME DCOR 39 STUART HWY STUART PARK NT 0820 PHONE: 0889 816262 mobile 0438 662 632 EMAIL: cherie.theimporter@gmail.com or have a chat to Cherie on the ferry 25 years beside the Banyan Tree The site where the Cox Country Club stands today may have looked different over the years, but it has always had the same purpose; a place to meet and talk and drink. When the Cox Country Club turned 25 this year it was a chance for locals to cast their mind back and think of the many different versions of the Cox Club before it became the club that you see today. Stem Edwards, a long time local of Wagait Beach or Mandorah as he calls it, has vivid memories of what the Club looked like when he first started coming. People who were either living at Wagait Beach or vis it ing regularly came on the weekends and sat under the Banyan tree to be served beer out of two old fridges lying on their side and filled with ice. In the 1980s before there was any building on the site, Jack Davies would run a small kitty and people would meet and talk. Fighting was not allowed near the tree and toilets were the bushes either side of the big tree. Women to the left and men to the right. E s t e l l e D o r a n a l s o r e m e m b e r s p e o p l e g a t h e r i n g u n d e r t h e Banyan tree on Saturday night. People would bring something to eat and it was a chance to catch up and chat she said. U m b r e l l a s w e r e n t required during the wet season ra ins af ter the mid 1980s when the first building went up to coincide with power coming on at Wagait Beach. I t w a s a simple shelter; solid and about 1 4 m e t r e s by 9 metres . Someone ran a fridge as the bar off the back of a ute. Celebrat ions on May 3 were to celebrate the sturdier brick bu i ld ing that s t ands the re t o d a y w h i c h was opened in April 1989 by the member for Victoria River, Terry McArthy. Over the 25 years many people have come and gone through the club and the constant presence on a committee has managed to keep it on the straight and narrow for most of those years. Mark Presely the current president is focussing on the potential of the club and working hard with the committee members to move the club forward. I think it has a lot of potent ia l and is go ing ahead well. We are looking at gett ing food on the weekends and an eftpos machine. There is also some thinking about going for a full licence but that does need to be taken to the members at the next AGM. When asked about whether the numbers have picked up since the Mandorah Pub shut in September last year, Mark said Its good to see lots of new people at the club well old, new ones, people that used to come down but stopped. The potential for the club is certainly being realised with MUFF festival on June 28 and a wedding booked for September. I th ink i t w i l l be the first wedding at the club said Presely. We have a long way to go, if we can get the meals back there on the weekend then i t would be more fami ly or iented, there are many people who are asking for it. Club Vice President Jodie Clegg is responsible for organising MUFF (Mandorah Ukulele & Folk Festival) for the second year and many other bands that have played in the last 12 months. Happy 25th Birthday! EFTPOS now available for members and guests Food available for lunch and dinner on weekends Bingo on Sunday June 15th $400 Jackpot! The Club open on Wednesdays from 6.00 pm for all State Of Origin Games shown on the big screen. The club is now recycling instead of dumping in landfill. The first effort returned almost $700.00 back into club funds! AND dont forget the MUFF! Only 1 month to go!!! Sat 28th June - 11pm til late.

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