Newsletter – December 2022

Hello Everyone,

The year is coming to a close, with much to celebrate as a more ‘normal’ year leads us into the festive season. It has been busy as we catch up on lost time and balance the end of the year celebrations as we catch up with family and friends before a well-earned break. However, as we know many of you will be ramping up for the important voluntary work we do at Fairhaven.

Save the Date

We are excited to have the Annual Door Knock back this season on New Years Day Sunday 1 January from 4pm. We are calling for volunteers to help with various roles so please sign up here.

Fairhaven Ladies Lunch will be held on Saturday 21 January (tickets sales open in January). We are looking for sponsors to assist with this significant event, so if you are interested, please be in contact.

Beach and Erosion

As many will be aware there has been erosion at Fairhaven beach, which is due to big seas and high tides along the coast. The wave action has damaged the fencing and made sections of the dune unstable.

We are working with DELWP and Great Ocean Road Authority (GORA) to fence off the dunes, reinforce the staircase and address an exposed stormwater pipe. In addition, a geotechnical report is currently being undertaken to determine the degree of damage to the dunes and to explore short term management options.

As there is a risk of landslides, we ask that everyone keeps away from the dune area. We will provide further updates as more information becomes available.

Weddings and a Baby

Congratulations to Sarah Burt and Matt Walsh who celebrated their wedding in October and to Em Smith and James Burt who celebrated their wedding earlier this month.

Congratulations to Alex Buckley and Tess Rice who welcomed their baby girl Emma last week.


Finally, if you feel like a coffee on Christmas morning the Kiosk will be open.

Edition Highlights:

  • Nippers
  • Merchandise
  • Yoga
  • Requal… last chance
  • Tim Gates Classic Fun Run/Walk
  • Hooded Plovers


Congratulations to Olivia Middenway, Anouk Hawkins and Annabel Chan from our U13 Nippers group who are our Nipper Captains for Season 2022/23.

Olivia, Annabel and Anouk will be presented to the Fairhaven community during the Opening Ceremony for Nippers on 27th December. During the Season they will work with our AGMs and specialist coaches and learn how the program runs including attending the Boxing Day Meeting and the Daily Briefing each morning, mentor our younger nippers during the sessions and afternoon play dates and lead the team at carnivals.

Join us on Tuesday 27 December at 9am on the Sunset Deck for the Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony being performed this year by well-known guitarist, singer and songwriter Lee ‘Sonnyboy’ Morgan. Lee’s roots are steeped in tradition and knowledge from his ancestors the Gunditjmara/Kerrea Whuurring nations and clans of Southwest Victoria.

A Few Pre-Season Reminders:

Gear pack collection is between 3 – 4pm on Boxing Day downstairs at the Club. Please be sure to pack a couple of Sharpies so you can mark all gear with your child’s first name and initial before the first session.

Session 1 kicks off at 10am on Tuesday 27 December, after the Welcome to Country. Please head down to the beach to meet your Age Group Managers at the coloured age group flags.

We’re still looking for some people to help out in the Merch Shop and on the sausage sizzle so if you can help out please add your name to the roster.

We’ll be using Stack Team App to keep in touch with all our Nipper families so please download the App and join the Fairhaven SLSC page. The app is 100% FREE to join. It will keep you updated with all the latest news, events, schedules and much more. To get the full features of this app please go to the App Store or Google Play and download Stack Team App onto your mobile device, then follow these simple steps:

  1. Sign-up to Stack Team App. You’ll be sent an e-mail to activate your account.
  2. Log-in and search for Fairhaven SLSC, then request to become a member.

Cosy Corner (Torquay) Carnival

The Cosy Corner Carnival will be held on Friday 6 January for Nippers in the Under 8 to Under 13 age groups. Link to the program for each age group.


Entries close at 12.30pm on 30th January. Please advise your AGM by this time if your Nipper will be participating and the events that they wish to participate in. The cost is $10 per Nipper.

Please Note:
Nippers in Under 9, 10 and 11 must have completed the Competition Swim Evaluation to compete in water events at Carnivals. Nippers in Under 12 and Under 13 must have completed the Competition Swim Evaluation to compete in any events at Carnivals. The Competition Swim Evaluation will be scheduled in the first few sessions of Nippers.


Fairhaven Merchandise is available online now on our Fairhaven Club Store.

Click Here for click and collect after Thursday 29 December.

The Merch Store at the Club will be open for business:

  • From 9.30 to 1pm daily during Nipper sessions
  • From 4-6pm on Thursday 5 January
  • During the Tim Gates Classic on Sunday 8 January

Yoga Is Back

Yoga sessions will run from Monday 26 December to Sunday 8 January (7am – 8am) in the clubhouse. No session on New Year’s Day.

Requal (Skills Maintenance)… Last Chance

Tuesday 27 December is the last requal at Fairhaven. To register you need to complete the online theory, be a financial member and book into a session at Life Saving Victoria – Public Portal ( There are other dates at other clubs which you can register and attend.

Times on Tuesday 27 December:

  • 10am-12pm
  • 12pm-2pm
  • 2pm-4pm

If you have any Skills Maintenance or Training questions please get in touch with the Training & Assessment Team at [email protected].

Tim Gates Classic Fun Run/Walk

Entries are now open and filling fast for the annual Tim Gates Classic 5km walk or run and 10km run, stretching along the glorious Fairhaven beach on Sunday 8 January 2023 commencing at 4.30pm.

Please Note: On line entries ONLY this year.

More Information:

We welcome the return to walk or run the Fairhaven beach together after we missed out on that opportunity over last two years.

Hooded Plovers

We have been fantastic supporters in helping the Hooded Plover, a best nesting bird, to survive. As many of you know these brave little birds are a threatened species. The additional information provided by the Hooded Plovers group and our community, we helped Birdlife Australia and the volunteers get three chicks to fledglings last season!

The Hoodies lay eggs and try to raise chicks from October until March/April. They lay small eggs above the high tide mark, generally in or close to the sand dunes relying on amazing camouflage to hide them. However, all the extra people and dogs on the beach does make is easy for the eggs to be crushed. Soon after a nest is located an enclosure with signage will go up to help protect them. Once they hatch, the chicks can’t fly for five weeks, and they don’t understand about enclosures so they move outside them – especially feeding (which they can only do on the water line) or if running from a threat.

So please, let’s continue to make sure any dog walkers keep their dogs on a leash and close to the water’s edge, especially when near any enclosure.

Hooded Plovers

Photo Credit: Bron Ive (taken within Birdlife Australia Guidelines)

Social Media

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Stack Team App

See you on the beach,

President, Fairhaven SLSC
[email protected]