Freemasons of South East NSW
Eden-Monaro covers an area of approximately 29,499 sq km from Queanbeyan to South Durras in the north, south to the Victorian border, extending to the southern and eastern borders of the Australian Capital Territory.
The main towns include Adaminaby, Batemans Bay, Bega, Berridale, Bodalla, Bombala, Braidwood, Bungendore, Captains Flat, Cooma, Dalmeny, Delegate, Eden, Jindabyne, Merimbula, Moruya, Narooma, Queanbeyan, Sutton and Tathra.
Products / industries of the area include timber, beef cattle, sheep and wool, dairy farming, dairy products and mixed farming. The Snowy Mountains hydro-electric scheme, snowfields and tourism are important industries for this division. It is one of the largest electoral regions in New South Wales stretching from the snowfields of Kosciusko to the sapphire waters of the Far South Coast. It also home to 7 Masonic Lodges which meet at Masonic Centres in Cooma, Bombala, Bateman's Bay, Moruya, Bega and Pambula in what is known as District 49 from 10th September 2014. These Lodges were formerly contained in two districts, 105 and 114 under the jurisdiction of the United Grand Lodge of NSW and ACT. See "Regions and Districts" in the main menu to the left. At the June 2016 Grand Communication it was announced that District 49 would split into two areas each with a DGIW in view of the geographical size of the total area and the time and risks taken visiting distant Lodges especially at night. The new districts are 49A in the North with 3 Lodges and 49B with 4 Lodges in the South. This change came into effect at the September 2016 Grand Communication and Proclamation. At the March 2019 Communication, Lodge Milton was added to 49A.
2nd March 2021: Batemans Bay D/L, tyling at 10am. Investiture of officers for following year. There will be no installation ceremony.
5th March 2021: Cooma Monaro tyling at 7.30pm, Election of Officers.
8th March 2021: Lodge Milton tyling at 6pm. 2nd degree exemplification.
10th March: Quarterly Grand Communication for the holding of elections for the office of Grand Master. Applications closed on 1 February and 4 nominations were received by the Grand Secretary:-
RW Bro Les Hicks, PAGM, Chair Board of Management, (Download CV as pdf) (Download as Word doc)
RW Bro Glen Green, PSGW, Past RGC, (Download CV as pdf) (Download as Word doc)
RW Bro Antoine Georges, PDGM. (Download CV as pdf) (Download as Word Doc)
RW Bro Owen Parry, PJGW, Deputy Grand Superintendant of Works, (Download CV as pdf) (Download as Word doc)
As in past years, the Communication will be live streamed and voting will be carried out at the Sydney Masonic Centre as well as at nominated regional centres throughout the NSW jurisdiction. The election of Grand Master is an extremely important task and every effort should be made by eligible Masons to cast their vote for their selected candidate. Last year some 857 votes were cast from a membership of around 7,500 or 11%.
Your vote is important, use it and use it wisely. Voting Centres for District 49 are at Cooma and Moruya Masonic Centres.
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COVID-19 Update - December 2020
By now, most Masonic Lodges have complied with Grand Lodge directions and have reached Stage3 of the required 3 step process to resume regular meetings while still adhereing to the social distancing rules and cleaning requirements.