Posted by on 3 Jul, 2019 in Newsletter | 1 comment

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Yes the road entrances to the club rooms still have “Road Closed” signs on then, and apparently it’s a $150.00 fine if you go past one. So I parked in the Nolan Street Car Park which is about 200 metres from the club rooms.

On Tuesday the 2nd of July the club room heaters were not working. The council have been advised; hopefully they will be fixed before our next meeting on the 9th of July.

Tuesday 9th July

This is judging night for our Audio Visual (AV) competition. The judge will be Sue Rocco and she will be in attendance. There are apparently 4 or 5 entries in the competition which is open with a maximum time limit of 5 minutes. Our judge will show some of her own AV’s at the end of the judging.

Entries are also due for the next Print/Digital Competition with the set subject being “Panorama”.
As not everyone has access to Photoshop/Affinity or something similar to ‘stitch’ their images together, here is a link to a free (yes free) Windows based application from Microsoft that should do the trick.

Tuesday 16th July

This is the clubs Annual General Meeting (AGM). Club members have already been sent information about this meeting; however I would like to repeat two items.
As required by Consumer Affairs ALL positions are declared vacant. All but two of the current committee have already lodged their nominations reapplying for their current positions. This does not mean that you cannot also lodge your nomination for those same positions. A vote will then be held.
The two people not renominating are Boyd Robertson and Allan Davis.

Boyd currently holds the position of General Committee Member.
Allan currently holds the position of Newsletter Editor plus he also runs the Laptop and Projector during Club Competitions. I am not renominating due to poor hearing plus other health issues including cancer. While I am still under treatment all is well and it appears that I have “dodged a bullet”.
As the AGM will not take up all of the evening we ask that members bring along some of their “painting with light” images taken on June the 18th.
We also plan to hold a “round table” discussion where members are given a chance to put forward ideas for club activities and events for next year.

Tuesday 23rd July
This evening will be a club dinner at the Tyson’s Reef Hotel which is very close to the club rooms. Please put your name on the list on Tuesday the 16th if you wish to attend.

Both of these events are still on; please refer to the June Newsletter for more information.


Our Club Member’s Rob Scholes and Roberta Foster are key representatives of the “Friends of Kooyoora (FoK)”.

FoK’s key aims are:


• To provide positive contributions to Kooyoora State Park by the promotion, protection and enhancement of the park values.
• To assist with projects that support park management.
• To interact with other organisations and community groups who have particular interests in Kooyoora State Park.

The Friends of Kooyoora also conduct a variety of fun and interesting activities on the third Sunday of each month, which are suitable for all ages and abilities.


• To Provide education in Indigenous culture, local plants, birds, insects, mammals and reptiles, weed works

Details of Kooyoora State Park can be found HERE.

In addition to the above, FoK conduct a Photographic Competition and Display as part of their Annual Kooyoora Wildflower Show. The Competition has 3 Open sections being Local Flora, Fauna and Landscape. Total prize pool for the competition has been in the order of $1000 over recent years with up to 5 prizes awarded per section and the results being determined by popular choice (i.e. public voting). This event is to be held on the weekend of 21 -22 Sept at the Inglewood Eucy Museum. It is a great opportunity for BCC members to display their work and perhaps gather some prize money and/or sell some of their work.
If you are like-minded in your love of nature, speak to Rob about how you may become involved as a volunteer in this event and participate in other activities provided by the FoK.

Photographing Nature:
In order to fulfil the requirements of the conditions of entry to the above competition, all images must have been taken locally (in the Loddon Shire and in the previous 18 months). As a member of FoK, I will be leading a series of photographic excursions into the Kooyoora State Park over the coming months for anyone that maybe interested in entering the above competition or for anyone that maybe just interested in photographing the various aspects of nature. Subjects will range from flora, fauna (including birds) through to landscapes, using macro, telephoto and wide-angle lenses.
The excursions would mainly be held on a Wednesdays from 10am – 4pm and would include a theoretical introduction prior to the bush activity. A one off FoK annual membership fee of $10 maybe required to cover insurance.
Some Sundays will be run if there is sufficient demand
Excursions will commence Wednesday 19th June – meeting 10 am at Mulwarrie Studios, 3 Serpentine Road, Bridgewater prior to heading out to the State Park.
Limited numbers per trip so bookings are essential: Phone: Rob Scholes 0447 036 952′

Mulwarrie Studios


Rob & Roberta are proposing to hold a series of exhibitions at Mulwarrie Studios in Bridgewater featuring works from BCC. This would provide the opportunity for the Club members to display and sell works and great way to promote the BCC.

Display would be open 5 days a week, from 10am – 4pm Thurs – Mon. Inclusive of the days indicated.

Each exhibition to commence by having an opening night on the first Friday evening 7pm -9pm.
Providing the opportunity for those displaying to introduce their work to invited guests. The Opening to be done by a local councillor or other guest and covered by local media.

No cost to exhibit. Commission applicable on Sales (20%). Exhibitors maybe required to assist with minding the displays on some occasions.

Photos to be displayed in either print or digital format. The range of printed formats and may depend on the availability to borrow the use of some stands from the Club.
The following is our proposed dates and Exhibition themes:

• Things with wings: Birds, Butterflies, Dragonflies – July (Fri 28 June – Sunday 31 July)
• Macro: Flora – Aug (Fri 2 Aug – Sun 1 Sept)
• Landscapes – Oct/Nov (Fri 11 Oct – Sun Dec 5 )
• Mono-colour – Dec/Jan (Fri 6 Dec – Sun Jan 5)

Note – due to space limitations the numbers of exhibits maybe limited to a set number or size per exhibitor.

Printing activity days that maybe of interest to some Club Members.
Mulwarrie Studios have a couple of Wide Format Printers (Canon IPF 6400 -609mm wide printer {that’s 24 inches} and a Canon IPF 1000 A2 printer) with associated editing software.
We are offering the opportunity for BCC members to learn to use this equipment and print and present their own photos in a range of ways.
We have set aside each Tuesday as a print day; to work on printing, “playing” with photos and looking at various presentation options (from making cards to large canvas wall hangings).
We are open to anyone who is interested in using our equipment and facilities and sharing their own skills and knowledge and/or to those just wishing to extend their skills and knowledge.
Open from 10am – 4pm
Come for as long as you want.
Cost: $10 to cover power, coffee and tea plus the cost of any materials used.
Booking required as only limited space available each day.

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year.
Members may be interested in looking at these images.