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Clubroom Closure over Christmas - New Year Holidays

The last clubroom meeting at the Mission to Seafarers will be on Wednesday 21st December 2022.

The clubroom will be closed on Wednesday 28th December 2022.

The clubrooms will re-open for normal activities on Wednesday 4th January 2023.

Club Members and Visitors looking to book in the clubroom for the Sunday Bus trip on Sunday 8th January 2023 should do so either on Wednesday 21st December or Wednesday 4th January.

ID: 411;
Source: Committee

MBW End of Year Party 2022 @ MtSV - Tuesday 13th December

It may seem a long way off but the hectic pre-Christmas activities will soon be upon us. Now is the time to add the date for the Club`s end-of-year Party to your diary so that you don`t miss out.

The historic Mission to Seafarers Victoria, with its intimate surroundings located on the banks of the Yarra River just across the from the Polly Woodside and the South Wharf dining area, will once again be our venue.

Join us for this joyous event which will have a few special features as we celebrate the year just gone, catch up with friends and colleagues and prepare for the year to come.

Tuesday 13th December, 2022
Mission to Seafarers Victoria, 717 Flinders Street
7:00pm to 9:30pm

Catering will be provided.
Drinks can be purchased from the bar.

ID: 410;
Source: Committee

EoI: Vanuatu - Dog`s Head and Manbush Trails - 7-17 June 2023

Traditional dancers.

This is the Club`s second trip to Vanuatu`s Malekula island, an hour`s flight north of Port Vila. The previous trip was in 2019.
Come prepared for adventure, amazing scenery, warm interaction with the locals, and some energetic but rewarding hiking.

The trip is in three parts:
1. Arrival at Malekula`s airport, Norsup, followed by a traditional welcome.
2. The three-day Dog`s Head Walk, which is the northern end of the island. A rest day on our return to Lakatoro. This section is new to me, as we didn`t do it last time.
3. The four-day Manbush Trail, which traverses the island from east to west.

There`s a maximum of fourteen on the trip and the inclusive cost on the island is Vanuatu Vatu 86,300 (approximately A$1,080). Add to that your return flight from Melbourne to Port Vila, accommodation there prior to our flight over to Malekula, the flight Port Vila to Norsup, Malekula/ South West Bay to Port Vila*, and, your accommodation on our return to Port Vila before flying back to Australia. Last time we had a group booking in Port Vila before going over to Malekula, and it was easier to all be in the one hotel. (Air Vanuatu schedule yet to be confirmed. The inter-island flights are made as a group booking.)

A 50% deposit is required to secure your spot. Contact Susan Maughan to express interest.

ID: 409;
Source: Susan Maughan

Fire Season Outlook for Spring across Victoria

The National Council for fire and emergency services (AFAC) has released the Spring outlook for bushfires across Australia.

A one-page summary of the Outlook, looking only at Victoria, has been prepared for club members and can be downloaded from the "More information ..." link below.

For the first time, the Seasonal Bushfire Outlook is utilising model guidance using the new Australian Fire Danger Rating System (AFDRS).

Members are encouraged to read the summary as part of planning for trips into the remoter parts of Victoria this coming fire season.

ID: 406;
Source: Mick Noonan