26 December 2022

Reflect on bushfire disaster at Malua Bay community brekkie this NYE

| Albert McKnight
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New Year's Eve community breakfast

The New Year’s Eve community breakfast at Malua Bay, pictured here in 2021, will be held again this year. Photo: Supplied.

It’s coming up to three years since the Black Summer bushfires devastated the Eurobodalla and a community breakfast near Batemans Bay will provide one and all a chance to reflect on the disaster.

The Malua Bay Community Breakfast BBQ will be held on New Year’s Eve and will offer food, coffee and live music. Also, its breakfast is free.

“It is a good opportunity for people to come together and see how everyone is getting on,” Malua Bay Rural Fire Brigade Captain Berkeley Braham said.

He said three years on, there were still some properties in the region that hadn’t been cleaned up after the disaster, but there was positivity in the air.

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“There’s a fair bit of optimism now the worst of COVID seems to be over and everyone is getting on with their lives,” he said.

Brigade members will also be on the ground at the community breakfast to provide advice to people on how to prepare for fires.

“This fire season shouldn’t be too bad, although it is drying off a lot at the moment,” Captain Braham said.

“We could get fires late summer so it is important to remain vigilant.”

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Sadly, a brigade member’s 21-year-old daughter has been diagnosed with stage four cancer.

The brigade will be fundraising at the community breakfast to support her, while an online fundraiser has also been set up to assist her.

The community breakfast, which is hosted by the RFS and the surf club, will be on 31 December between 9 am and 12 pm at the Batemans Bay Surf Life Saving Club clubhouse, which is at the Malua Bay Beach Reserve.

Everyone is welcome.

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