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.
12th February: Quarterly combined District meeting at Candelo Pub 6.30 for 7pm. Names ro Ray Spencer please 02 6494 4063.
14th February: Coeur de Lion tyling at 7.30pm. 2nd degree Walkabout.
20th February: Bega Remembrance tyling at 6pm
22nd February: Eurobodalla D/L tyling at 9.30am
23rd February: Pambula D/L tyling at 10am. 3rd Tracing Board explanation.
5th March: Batemans Bay D/L tyling at 10am, Installation ceremony. ME Bro Paul Biddleston. Representative RW Bro Alex Parker, PAGM, IM W Bro Mick Bond.
13th March: Quarterly Communication and election for Grand Master live streamed to regional centres, 7.30pm. The Bega Masonic Centre has been selected to live stream and conduct voting for the election of Grand Master. It may seem strange to some that a Grand Master who was installed only last August is now facing an election for the office he now occupies until August/September this year. The office of Grand Master is for a term of twelve months with a maximum of 4 years. It is unusual for a Grand Master to be facing an election during his first term of office. Normally this would only happen in cases of ill health or inability to perform to the standard required.
Country members of our NSW & ACT jurisdiction have been lobbying for years to have the voting system changed so they didn't have to travel to Sydney to vote. That situation has now been addressed and voting will be possible at selected country centres on the night of the March Communication with live streaming of the proceedings in Grand Lodge.
Brethren are reminded to take their Master Mason's certificate with them for identification purposes.
14th March: Coeur de Lion tyling at 7.30pm. 2nd Degree ceremony