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.


Fraternal Notices (Info taken from notice papers received):- 

All Masonic meetings have been cancelled until further notice in compliance with the current COVID-19 social distancing policy. Stay home and stay safe.

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  COVID-19 Urgent Notice

From the Grand Master - 16 March 2020

Brethren, the Government is enacting a stricter set of guidelines to contain and manage the Coronavirus - COVID-19, and it is now for us to also take appropriate steps to manage our own circumstances. We must ensure that this virus is contained and not be transmitted across the jurisdiction.

The Public Health Authorities are now recommending that we all keep a social distance from each-other with around a metre to a metre and a half between ourselves. We need to recognise this, along with our no hand shaking or touching guidelines.

Accordingly, the following guidelines will be in place for at least the next three months.

From today, the Grand Ceremonial Team will not be available to travel to attend your Installation or other Lodge function. We cannot continue to expose this large number of brethren, and their ladies, as surely as one contracts any symptoms, there is too great a risk to the other members of the Team. Also, we should not be exposing any local brethren by bringing the Team members into their area, as there is no guarantee that one or either of them, or indeed the Team member, is not a carrier. Remember, even if you only think you might have the symptoms, it does take time to have the testing process completed, and if you find yourself in this situation, you must self-isolate immediately.

It will be up to the Lodge to consider its own risk factors and conduct or cancel their Lodge meetings, as they see fit, taking note that any further direction from government agencies must prevail.

If a lodge meeting is conducted in a large room where there are few members, good ventilation, and a healthy separation between everyone in attendance, the decision to go ahead rests with the Worshipful Master. If the meeting is in a small, humid environment where members are in close quarters, it should not go ahead. Worshipful Masters should consider the risk factors, and the age profile of the members expected to attend, before proceeding. If there is any doubt, the RGC and/or the DGIW should be consulted.

If the meeting is to be a Lodge Installation, the Lodge should only expect those in the immediate area to attend, with travellers attending at their own discretion, and risk. The Grand Masters Representative will also be appointed from the immediate area, unless otherwise preferred by the nominated Representative. In all cases, the Grand Director of Ceremonies, and any other assistance, will need to be sourced from the local membership.

District and Regional meetings are not to be conducted in this period.

If any Lodge would prefer to cancel their Installation or meeting, a simple email or correspondence to the Grand Secretary is all that is required. The Constitutional Rules setting out the requirement for lodges to meet at particular times will be set aside during this period.

Brethren, please take care, and always be mindful of the health of your family and those around you.

So mote it be. 

Procedure for entry

  • The Grand Lodge will be held in the Grand Lodge Room only at the Sydney Masonic Centre with video links to regional Centres;
  • The Grand Lodge and regional Centres will not open until 6.15 pm for admission of Brethren – NO EXCEPTIONS;
  • The regional Centres are: Ambarvale (Campbelltown), BallinaBegaBlacktownBroken HillCoffs HarbourDubboGlen InnesGosfordGwynneville (Wollongong)Kelso (Bathurst)Mawson (Canberra)Moree, , NowraParkesTamworthTaree, Turramurra, Tweed HeadsWagga Wagga and Wallsend (Newcastle) and Young.
  • A Porch Committee will be on duty at the Sydney Masonic Centre and all regional Centres to oversee the admission of all masons and the distribution of Ballot Papers;
  • With the exception of Grand Lodge Officers dressed in appropriate regalia, ALL Brethren may be asked to offer proof that they hold the Rank of MM;
  • Every Brother found qualified to vote will be given appropriate Ballot Papers;
  • Ballot Papers will not be permitted outside any rooms so any Brother wishing to retire before the opening of Grand Lodge must return his Ballot Paper to the Porch Committee and receive it back on his return.

Booking Required

There is no charge to attend the Communication in any any venue, but booking is required. All bookings will be handled by Eventbrite as an invitaion only event, and you will receive an email with your personal invitation.

If you do not receive an email with your invitaton, please contact Melanie Scott on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 02 9284 2800.

Dress

Sydney Masonic Centre - Dinner Suit, Summer Dress or Dark Lounge Suit (for those lodges permitted) and regalia. Alternate dress prescribed for hot or oppressive summer conditions is not permitted.

Brethren attending all other Centres may be permitted to wear smart casual attire and regalia.

Seating Time

All Past Grand Lodge Officers, members of Grand Lodge and brethren attending as observers are requested to be seated by 7:15pm as the Grand Master will enter the Grand Lodge Room at 7:30pm precisely.

Please note that the Grand Lodge Room has a capacity of 600 persons max. If you are able to attend a regional Centre, we encourage brethren to do so.

No Communication Dinner

Brethren will be advised that there will be no Communication Dinner at the Sydney Masonic Centre.

Dinner arrangements for the regional Centres are specific to each venue. Please contact your RGC for information about your local polling place.

Grand Master’s Delegation

On entry to Grand Lodge, the Grand Master’s delegation will be limited to the Deputy Grand Master, Assistant Grand Master, Ceremonial Grand Lodge Officers and Regional Grand Counsellors.

On retiring, the delegation shall consist only of those brethren nominated by the Grand Director of Ceremonies.

Observers

The Grand Master extends an invitation for any interested brethren, who are not members of Grand Lodge, to attend as ‘observers’. Brethren attending as observers are not entitled to vote on matters being considered by Grand Lodge.

Parking

Parking in the Masonic Centre is ONLY available to the GM, PGM’s, DGM and AGM.

Parking is available at the car park in Goulburn Street at flat night rate of $10.00 per vehicle when entering after 5pm and leaving before 6am the next day.

  
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Our Grand Master, MW Bro Derek Robson, AM, visited the Far South Coast over the weekend of 14th-16th September 2018. He and partner Gael were accompanied by RW Bro Andy Conlon, the Grand Director of Ceremonies and his wife Barbara. The main purpose of their visit was to attend the Installation ceremony held at the Bega Masonic Centre on the Saturday night and also to visit the Pambula Masonic Centre to view the refurbishment of the kitchen to commercial standard for which the Grand Lodge provided funding.

Following is an extract of an article which appeared in the Bega News following an interview by the paper with the Grand Master:- 

"Bega Lodge welcomed a very special guest on the weekend for its annual installation meeting and banquet".gm bega

Most Worshipful Brother Derek Robson AM is the Grand Master of the Freemasons NSW and ACT. It’s believed this was the first visit of the Grand Master to Bega in around 60 years.

He joined Bega Lodge’s Worshipful Master David Porter and other local Masons for the annual installation meeting – essentially a changeover meeting and a banquet with partners and families afterwards.

There’s a wide-held perception the Freemasons is a secretive society, inspiring many blockbuster films and best-seller books with their mysteries and links to antiquity.

Mr Robson said the “signs and secrets” of the Freemasons were a fundamental element of the group’s history and that one of the key values of the group is confidentiality, along with integrity, goodwill, loyalty and respect.

“If you’re not a member of the police, or a business firm, you wouldn’t expect to know everything that goes on in them – Freemasonry is no different,” he said on Saturday while visiting the Bega Masonic Hall.

“There has to be an understandable level of secrecy, but it’s more out there than it is in here.”

Mr Robson said the origin of the Masons lay in the building of King Solomon’s Temple in the mid-10th Century BCE, but it became more prevalent in the age of skilled stonemasonry during the Middle Ages.

With workers and skilled tradesmen coming from all corners of the globe to construct temples and cathedrals, secret code words and handshakes were used to indicate to the foreman at what level the person could be employed while avoiding any language barriers.

These days, the rituals, handshakes and code words are still used in the “theatre” of Lodge meetings, Mr Robson said.

“Everything has a message,” he said pointing to the various symbols and diagrams dotted around the Bega Lodge room.

“Everything we do is by the square, on the level,” he added, referring to the recognisable symbol of Freemasonry – the square and compass.

“And the compass is an indication of keeping passions within bounds, living a life of uprightness.”

Mr Robson said he had a particular interest in fostering closer ties between Sydney and regional Lodges.

He said there are 276 Lodges across NSW and the ACT, but that he was the first Grand Master from outside Sydney to have been elected to the role.

“There’s plenty of opportunity in Sydney itself, with Lodge meetings every night of the week,” he said.

“But I firmly believe in keeping rural members and Sydney together, gathering experience from each other and making sure everyone across the organisation is involved.”

For anyone interested in the Freemasons and what happens at the Bega Masonic Hall, an open day is taking place on Saturday, September 29, from 12-5pm.

There will be a free sausage sizzle and guided tours of the hall to see all its historic photographs and displays. 

The Lodge room itself will even be open, offering the curious an insight into the organisation."

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