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Five Go to Old Balmain

By Gary Luke - Reprinted from Splash! October 2013

No, this is not the missing 22rd tale of Enid Blyton's famous five. Once upon a time a few weeks ago on the Sunday of the equinox we met at Rozelle Bay for a paddle to Rodd Point, to explore remnants of earlier periods of our industrial harbour around the Balmain peninsula - Dee, Miriam, Una (from Sutherland club), Tracy & Gary. Before the era of containers this part of the harbour was the transition between sea transport and rail & road, for produce & goods being distributed & manufactured within Sydney. Three of us not born in Sydney didn't know the tales of our harbour history.

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Nymboida Canoe Centre May Close For Good!!

The power-station generated flows down the Goolang have been attracting white water canoeists from around world since the canoe centre was established in 1973. It has hosted state, Australian, and Commonwealth championships. But the permanent closure of the Nymboida power station may force the canoe centre to close.

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Macdonald River

Oct 7 2013

From Wiseman's Ferry almost to the old causeway just south of St Albans. Took a short side trip on Wrights Creek until we were stopped by a mass of floating bamboo.

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Balmain Peninsula

Sep 22 2013

From Rozelle Bay to Rodd Point, exploring industrial remnants of our harbour, paddling into Blackwattle Bay, White Bay, Mort Bay, Snails Bay, past Cockatoo Island, and Iron Cove.

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Wollondilly River - June 2013

Jun 29 2013

A Grade 4+ overnighter on the Wollondilly River. Paddlers - Kevin Songberg, Matt White, Markus Bisping, Tim Sindle & Greg Turner

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