Gippsland Region AGM

27/03/2010 13:00

Schedule for the Day: at Old Boat Shed, Marlo, 15km south from Orbost where the Snowy River meets the ocean
11: am - 1:00 pm East Gippsland Branch Meeting

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Gippsland Regional Council AGM
Dear East Gippsland Greens members and supporters,
I hope you can make it to the meetings in Marlo on the 27 March. Our candidate for the State seat of Eastern Victoria, Samantha Dunn, will be there and hoping to meet as many people as possible. We decided to have the Gippsland Regional Greens meeting at Marlo for the same reason, and warmly invite you to attend the 2pm meeting. I appreciate the tyranny of distance that makes it difficult for people to attend meetings in Gippsland, and that we are all busy with other environmental projects. Please make the effort to attend - many of us will be travelling up to 5 hours to attend, and would love the opportunity to catch up and talk about the diverse range of issues we are dealing with. If you are able to stay for dinner, or at least a cuppa afterwards, a group of us are staying locally and are happy to continue the dialogue. Alex has accommodation options, and we can reconvene on a bush beach somewhere on the Sunday as well. I'm looking forward to exploring Marlo and catching up with you all,
Kate Jackson

How to Get There Link:,148.5569&num=1&sll=-37.879189,147.870483&sspn=0.776105,2.113495&ie=UTF8&ll=-37.879189,147.870483&spn=0.776105,2.113495&z=10

Marlo is a holiday village with a pub and general store 14km south of Orbost at the estuary of the Snowy River.
The township of Orbost is 370km East of Melbourne on the Princes Hwy (or 164km E of Traralgon) and has a Foodworks and IGA, and 2 petrol stations, but not much else. Bairnsdale is the last town in Eastern Victoria with major facilities (P.O., banks, hospital).
After crossing the once mighty Snowy River, take a hard left into Orbost and continue past an oval to a T-junction. Turn left and follow the sign and the river to Marlo (15 mins).
Allow a minimum of 4.5 hours driving time from Melbourne, or 2 hours from Sale.

Meeting Venue
The meeting will be held in a community hall known as the "Old Boat Shed", a building on stumps right beside by the Snowy River. It can seat 50 ppl and has tables, toilets and a dedicated kitchen. Its verandah looks out westwards across the Snowy estuary.
Once you're in the village of Marlo, turn right into Argyle Pde (signposted "Town Centre") and go right down the hill past store and pub. Right down by boatramp at waterfront, turn hard right (180 degrees) and follow dirt track along shoreline to shed.

There are 2 caravan parks in Marlo:

Marlo Caravan Park: 10 Argyle St (03) 5154 8226
They have campsites (2 persons) for $25/night; then a range of indoor options starting from $60 for a park cabin (2 ppl).

Marlo Ocean Views: 21 Marine Pde (03) 5154 8268
Campsite (2 persons) $21/night + $9 extra adult; on-site van (2 persons) $40; fully s/c on-site cabins (2 ppl) $95.

The Marlo Hotel only has 3 'double' rooms and is booked out Sat night. The nearby Brodribb River Rainforest Cabins (209 Healeys Rd 5154 8223) had 1 cabin left for $150 (4 ppl).

Further afield towards Cape Conran are the West Cape Cabins, Conran Rd, Marlo, 5154 8296 and Jungle Beach Caravan Park, Conran Rd, Cape Conran 5154 8219 (campsite $25; cabins from $100/night).

For those on low incomes with a tight budget, it *may* be possible to pitch a tent on the block of a local Greens member - call Alex to confirm on 5152 6409.

Sunday morning
No general group activity has been planned. The restored paddle steamer PS Curlip has unfortunately stopped running scheduled services and is only taking group bookings (40+).

The lower Brodribb River and Snowy River make for good canoeing/kayaking. Canoes can't be hired locally though if enough ppl express interest we could rustle up several.
For those who are more energetic and can bring a mountain bike with them, the back-roads north of the Marlo-Conran road are quiet and make for a good round trip via Cape Conran.
If you just want to walk along a beach or plunge into the ocean there are nice beaches with day picnic facilities at Salmon Rocks (Cape Conran West) and Cape Conran East Beach.


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