Towards the end of 2015 the Pambula Daylight Lodge decided to upgrade its kitchen to semi commercial standard. A grant to enable the work to be done was approved by Grand Lodge and work commenced on 31 January 2016 after some 3 months of planning and consultation with users and potential users. During removal of the old flooring it was discovered that some dry rot was present and this dictated removal and replacement of the whole floor. Remarkably, this work was basically done by two helpers in the space of a day. The new equipment arrived on 12th February and is yet to be finally installed. The following is a pictorial diary of the renovation process showing the kitchen before, during and after the renovation:-

Before, looking East

After, looking East.

Before, looking West.

After, looking West

Demolition begins.

and continues.

Dry rot in the floor dictated total replacemnet of flooring and a couple of bearers.

Pulling up the old floorboards

Removing a couple of thousand nails

Timber in good condition and view of the underfloor cavity.

New flooring being installed

and completed several hours later

New floor finished. All the above work was completed in one day, Sunday 31st January 2016. Fortunately Mitre 10 was open.

Plumbing work started

Hand wash basin to go here.

Sink and dishwasher power and drainage

Masonite flooring for kitchen standard vinyl

Vinyl being laid and coved

12th February, delivery day for most of the equipment

Equipment stripped of plastic protective coating

Stove waiting for its range hood.

Ready to go.

Moving in. 21March 2016

Most Excellent Companion

Saturday 17th October 2015 at 2pm
Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, Beach Road, Batemans Bay

Invitation from Most Excellent Companion ROB PEATTIE
It is essential that we ensure that every Companion, irrespective of where he might reside, be given the
opportunity to attend the highlight of our Order’s Masonic year, the colourful spectacle of the Grand ReInstallation
of the First Grand Principal and Grand Master and his Officers. With this in mind I have determined
the 2015/2016 Grand Re-Installation will be conducted in Batemans Bay thus completing the cycle of holding this
event in the metropolitan, northern, western and now southern part of this jurisdiction.
I would encourage all Companions, Craft Masons and their partners and families to join us at Batemans Bay
Soldiers Club for this open event and for what I believe will be a truly magnificent weekend by the sea in a most
scenic part of this great State.

Robert Peattie
First Grand Principal and Grand Master

Batemans Bay is a town in the South Coast region of the state of New South Wales, Australia. The
town is situated on the shores of an estuary formed where the Clyde River meets the Tasman Sea,
opening into a bay of the same name.
Located on the Princes Highway (Highway 1) about 280 kilometres south from Sydney and 760 km north
east from Melbourne. Canberra is located about 151 km to the west of Batemans Bay, via the Kings
Highway, Batemans Bay has a population reaching 20,000 with surrounding beach side communities
including Long Beach, Maloneys Beach and the coastal fringe extending south to Rosedale.
It is the closest seaside town to Canberra, making Batemans Bay a popular holiday destination for
residents of Australia's National Capital. Geologically, it is situated in the far southern reaches of
the Sydney Basin. Batemans Bay is also a popular retiree haven, but has begun to attract young families
seeking affordable housing and a relaxed seaside lifestyle. Other local industries include oyster
farming, forestry, tourism and retail services.
The village of Batemans Bay was surveyed in 1859. Oyster farming commenced in 1860. By 1870, there
was a fleet of 40 oyster boats. A sawmill was erected in 1870. The port was proclaimed in 1885. A ferry
service across the Clyde ran from 1891 until the bridge was opened in 1956. In 1942 during World War
II, a trawler was attacked by a Japanese submarine between Batemans Bay and Moruya.
Batemans Bay attracts everyone from watercolour artists and rock fishermen, to kids building
sandcastles, keen surfers and fishing enthusiasts. The coastline around Batemans Bay is stunning with
a string of golden beaches, mangroves, oyster flats, and sheltered coves. In the Batemans Bay Marine
Park you can go fishing, diving, snorkelling and boating. Enjoy the Clyde River on a lunchtime cruise; if
you enjoy oysters, don't miss the succulent local Clyde River oysters.

Drive south along Beach Road, stopping at a string of picturesque coves and beaches. Drop a line off
any number of good spots and you might hook a bream, flathead or mulloway. Enjoy a game of golf on
the 27-hole Catalina Country Club, rated one of the finest courses on the South Coast.
Don't miss Birdland Animal Park along Beach Road which has a diverse collection of Australian native
birds, an animal nursery, duck ponds and rides on a train through three hectares of parkland. There is
also the Batemans Bay Botanic Garden a couple of kilometres south of the town on the Princes
Just 10km south of Batemans Bay you come to the quaint old town of Mogo with a variety of shops and
eating places. In Mogo there is the Old Gold Rush Village which is like walking through an Australian
gold rush village in the 1850’s.
There are all sorts here, Settler’s huts, Miner's tents, a Church, Gaol, Post Office, Wash house, Police
station, Blacksmith, Waterwheel, and more.
On the road from Mogo town to the beach town of Tomakin there is the famous Mogo Zoo which boosts
many species which are being bred so that they do not become extinct. The white Lions are extremely popular.

How to get there:
Road from Sydney either via the Princes Highway along the coastal route or Along the Hume
Highway to Goulburn thence to Braidwood and down the Clyde Mountain on the Kings Highway
Road from Melbourne either via the Princes Highway through Bairnsdale or up the Hume Highway
towards Canberra and then east via the Kings Highway.
Bus From Sydney Premier Bus Service, which is based in Nowra operates to and from Central Station
and the airport terminals
Rail/Bus from Melbourne Vline operate a service which is train from Southern Cross Station
transferring to a coach service to Batemans Bay
Bus From Canberra is operated by Murrays Bus Service
Air – Moruya Airport is only 30 K south of Batemans Bay and is serviced by Regional Express (REX)
from Sydney direct or from Melbourne via Merimbula

Friday Evening (16th October 2015) - Welcome & Reception in the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club 7pm –9pm

Saturday Afternoon (17th October 2015)- Grand Re-Installation, Batemans Bay Soldiers Club Auditorium
of Most Excellent Comp Robert Peattie as First Grand Principal and Grand Master of the United Supreme Grand
Chapter of NSW & ACT. (Masons, Ladies & Non-Masons are welcome to attend) 2pm

Saturday Evening (17th October 2015) 6pm for 6.30pm - Grand Banquet, Batemans Bay Soldiers Club

Sunday Morning (18th October 2015) commencing at 08:30 Social Breakfast, Mackay Park sport facility
Other activities are being investigated and will be published closer to the event.


The Esplanade Motel, part of the Batemans Bay Soldier
Club, is immediately opposite the club at 23 Beach Road.
The Esplanade offers a range of rooms from Clubside deluxe
@ $153, waterside deluxe @ $198 up to executive suites @
$308. Limited to a total of 23 rooms this will be for the early
birds. The free call number is 1800 659 884 email
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit their site at

Bay Waters Holiday Resort is on the north side of the bridge
crossing of the Clyde River. It is about 700 metre from the
Soldiers Club, with a beautiful walk alongside the river and
across the bridge, has offered twin share rooms at $90 per night
including a continental breakfast in the dining room. The address is the corner of
Princes and Kings Highway behind the Caltex Service
centre. Road access is from a roundabout along Kings Highway.
Bookings are direct to the Resort referencing USGC to get this rate.
Telephone (02) 4472 6333.
web site:




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As from September 2013 the NSW Masonic jurisdiction was reduced from 11 to 4 regions, each headed by a Regional Grand Counsellor. The distribution of districts in each region is intended to achieve a balance of city and country lodges in each district. Given theat the majority of the population live on or near the coast this goal is difficult to attain.

This mud map shows each region with the various Masonic meeting places highlighted. Further detailed info can be found on the Region 4 web site at


As from 10th September 2014 the number of Districts in New South Wales was reduced from 63 to 34. The new Districts in each Region are shown in the following table along with the Meeting Places in each District. The newly appointed District Grand Inspectors of Workings term of office is 2 years from 10th September 2014:-

Regions and Districts
Region 1 Region 2 Region 3 Region 4
District 11 (8 lodges) District 21 (7 lodges) District 31 (11 lodges) District 41 (3)
Eltham Gosford Basin View Balranald
Ballina Toukley Berry Griffith
Byron Bay Wyong Milton (To 49A March 2019) Leeton
Tweed Heads District 22 (10) Nowra District 42 (4)
District 12 (12) Atarmon Kiama Albury
Bellingen Northbridge Bulli Deniliquin
Macksville Balgowlah Wollongong Jerilderie
Coffs Harbour Collaroy District 32 (9) Mulwala
Woolgoolga Mosman Ambarvale District 43 A & B (9)
Grafton District 23 (12) Camden Temora
Maclean Willoughby Moss Vale West Wyalang
District 13 (12) Lindfield Picton Adelong
Laurieton Turramurra District 33 (10) Gundagai
Forster District 24 (10) Fairfield Wagga Wagga
Gloucester Epping Liverpool Murrumburrah
Taree Hunter's Hill Auburn Yass
Wingham Ryde Guilford Young
Kempsey Concord West District 34 A & B (13) District 44 (5)
Port Macquarie District 25 & 25A (9) Hurlstone Park Condobolin
Wauchope Castle Hill Petersham Forbes
South West Rocks Blacktown Padstow Parkes
District 14 (10) District 26 (10) District 35 (8) Peak Hill
New Lambton South Windsor Oatley Tullamore
Wallsend Lawson Bexley District 45 (8)
Nelson Bay Orchard Hills District 36 (7) BlackheatKatoombah
Tea Gardens District 27 (4) Helensburgh Bathurst
District 15 (9) Cobar Cronulla Oberon
Cessnock Nungan Sutherland Portland
East Maitland Bourke District 37 (10) Lithgow
Maitland Broken Hill Bondi District 47 (7)
Paxton District 28 (6) Double Bay Goulburn
Weston Gulgong Kensington Taralga
Muswellbrook Mudgee District 38 (12) Mawson ACT
Scone Dubbo Sydney Masonic Club District 48 (8)
Singleton Geurie Sydney Masonic Centre Mawson ACT
District 16 (7) Narromine District 39 (14) Braidwood
Toronto   Sydney Masonic Centre Queanbeayan
Belmont     District 49 A& B (8)
Morisset   Unallocated (1) Bega B
District 17 (3)   Lodge of Transition Bombala B
Moree     Cooma B
Narrabri     Pambula B
Lightning Ridge     Batemans Bay A
District 18 (10)     Moruya A
Inverell Armidale      Milton A (From March 2019)
Glen Innes      
8 Districts and 72 Lodges 8 Districts and 68 Lodges 9 Districts and 85 Lodges 9 Districts and 61 Lodges


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