Sesquicentenary celebrations for Moss Vale and Bowral ramp up in April with a selection of events for the whole family.
- Friends of Gibbergunyah are invited to attend the annual Flag Raising Ceremony at nin garang thurree currobung – “The Place Between the Rocks” – near the Cherry Tree rest area in the Gibbergunyah Reserve on Saturday the 13 April. The ceremony is held to recognise the traditional owners of the land and is organised by the Wingecarribee Reconciliation Group. A guide will leave from the Cherry Tree rest area on the Gang Gang Track from 2.00pm and lead attendees along the 2km track to the site. All those sharing the goal of reconciliation are invited to attend. For more information contact Kim Leevers at firstname.lastname@example.org
- From Saturday 13 through to Tuesday 16 April Bradman Oval will play host to the State’s best under 14 cricket players. Matches will be played across four days from 10am to 4pm on Bradman Oval, St Judes Street, Bowral. Entry is free. For further details contact the Bradman Museum on phone 4862 1247.
- Kicking off Youth Week is Audio Overload, a band competition open to the Shire’s best and brightest performers. The contest will be held from 6pm on Saturday 13 April at the Bowral Memorial Hall in Bendooley Street in Bowral. Cost is $5 per person. For event details contact Council’s Youth Liaison Officer, Michelle Williams on phone 4868 0859.
- The Southern Highlands Branch of the Australian Garden History Society will be hosting a self-drive tour of two of Bowral’s historic gardens on Sunday 14 April. Tours of “Wingecarribee”, off Willow Road, Bowral and “The Rift” at 8-10 Carlisle Street, Bowral start from 11am and conclude at 4.30pm. Cost is $30 per person and includes a lunch and talk at Bowral Public School. Bookings are essential. For details contact Laurel Cheetham on phone 48 617 132 or visit www.gardenhistorysociety.org.au
- Historic Throsby House will also be opening its doors on Sunday 14 April. Located on Church Road in Moss Vale, guided or self roaming tours of the site can be made between 11am and 4pm. Phone the Historic Houses Trust on phone 8239 2288 or visit www.hht.net.au for details.
- Celebrations continue with a heritage bus tour of Bowral and four well known properties on Saturday 20 April. The bus leaves from the Bowral Swimming Pool at 9.30am. The tour concludes at 3.45pm. Cost is $25 per person and bookings are essential. Phone Council on phone 4868 0888 to reserve seats.
- On Monday 22 April Council will launch the Bowral Heritage Walk in the courtyard of the Bowral Library. A gentle two hour walking tour led by Council’s Heritage Land Use Planner will follow. Participation is free. Contact Council’s Heritage Land Use Planner on phone 4868 0830 for further information.
- Similar to the Bowral tour, the Moss Vale Heritage Bus Tour will visit key locations in the settlement of Moss Vale including four feature properties. The tour will take place on Saturday 27 April from 9.30am to 3.45pm leaving from Council’s Elizabeth Street Civic Centre. Cost is $25 per person and bookings are essential. Phone Council on phone 4868 0888 to reserve seats.
- Rounding off April celebrations will be the Moss Vale Heritage Walk on Tuesday 30 April. The free walking tour will start from Jubilee Park in Argyle Street Moss Vale (behind the Moss Vale clock) at 10am. Contact Council’s Heritage Land Use Planner on phone 4868 0830 for further information.