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SCNSW October Newsflash

Wednesday, 1 October 2014


Grüezi members and friends!

"Fun Fact: Swiss Brown cows are the oldest of all dairy breeds, dating back to 4,000 BC. They are also one of the top producers of milk, on average producing about 26,300 litres in their lifetime." extract from:, image credit: Polo Scher.

On the weekend of 27-28 September 2014, Swiss Club presidents and representatives of other Swiss groups in Australia all met for the first time at the Swiss Embassy in Canberra. The purpose of this meeting was to communicate the functions and activities each Club or group have been involved in recently, and to discuss the future of Swiss Clubs in Australia. This meeting allowed for discussion and improvement of affiliations, in hope of a more unified Swiss community that expands across many states and territories of Australia. The organising committee and all presidents were in favour to stage such a meeting every two years, with the next meeting to be held in Melbourne, Victoria. Mr Marcel Stutz, Swiss Ambassador to Australia, and Mr Ersnt Steinmann, Consul-General of Switzerland in Sydney, were honoured guests and speakers at the event and we thank them both wholeheartedly for their time and generosity. We would like to thank Roland Isler, from the Council of the Swiss Abroad and Beat Knoblauch, ASO Delegate Sydney, for their amazing efforts to organise this wonderful event. We would also like to thank the President of the Swiss Club in Canberra, Hein Buettikofer, for his cooperation and organising some events.

Photos from this event will be posted shortly – please watch this space.

Upcoming Events in Sydney:

  • SCNSW: Coastal Walk: The Spit to Manly on 12 October, 10:00 to 14:30. See details below.
  • Playgroup: Manly Dam Picnic on 3 October, from 10:00. See details below.
  • Schwyzerduetsch for Kids: Stockton Beach Camping/Cabins from 3-6 October. See details below.
  • Canberra Sängerfest 2014 from 4-5 October. See details below.
  • Playgroup: Sydney Aquarium, 10 October, from 10:00. See details below.
  • Playgroup: Balmoral Beach, 24 October, from 10:00. See details below.
  • Playgroup: Official Meeting (North Sydney), 31 October, 10:00 to noon. See details below.
  • SCNSW: Buure Zmorge on 2 November, 10:00 to 13:00. See details below.
  • Cercle Romand: La Fondue Vigneronne, 2 November from noon at Fagan Park, Galston. Visit their website for more details.
Coastal Walk: The Spit to Manly

We will begin the walk at the Spit Reserve (near Mosman Rowing Club) on the South-end of the Spit Bridge at 10:00. For those who would only like to walk half the distance, we will meet you at Dobroyd Head-Sydney Harbour National Park, Balgowlah Heights at approximately 12:00, where we will have lunch as a group. We will then continue our walk towards Manly Wharf finishing the walk around 14:00. At the end of the walk, the SCNSW will purchase Mövenpick ice cream in Manly for all the keen hikers. NB: This event could be cancelled due to poor weather conditions. See additional information about this walk hereMore info on our website.

When: Sunday, 12 October 2014 from 10:00 to 14:30
Where: Meet at the Spit Reserve (near Mosman Rowing Club), South-end of the Spit Bridge.
Cost: FREE. Although, cost of public transport from Manly back to Mosman.

Bookings are essential. Please contact Daniel Frutiger by Sunday, 5 October to confirm your attendance +61 2 9680 4299 | 0403 502 048 |

Buure Zmorge at the Austrian Club

We hope you can join us again and enjoy a delicious and authentic Buure Zmorge (Swiss Breakfast) at the Austrian Club in Frenchs Forest. There will be a selection of traditional Swiss cheeses, rohschinken, buendtnerfleisch, landjaeger, quiche Lorraine, bichermuesli, yoghurt, fruit platter, honey, jam, a variety of bread.

Where: Austrian Club Frenchs Forest, 20 Grattan Crescent, Frenchs Forest NSW 2086.
When: Sunday, 2 November 2014 from 10:00 to 13:00.
Cost: Non-members to pay $30/person, members to pay $25/person, children between 4-12 years old to pay $12.00/person.
Payment: Either cash on the day (correct amount would be appreciated) OR direct deposit into our bank account (details listed below):

Account Name: Swiss Club NSW
Account BSB: 112879
Account Number: 061587992

Bookings are essential – please contact Daniel Frutiger before Sunday, 26 October to confirm your attendance and payment option +61 2 9680 4299 | 0403 502 048 |

Entertainment Book Memberships
Entertainment Memberships are packed with hundreds of up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers for the best local restaurants, cafes, attractions, hotel accommodation, travel and much more! For further information, you can download a flyer here (265KB PDF). All purchases goes towards our fundraising; please help us achieve our goal by sharing the link below with your friends and family.

You can purchase the Entertainment Book here. Thank you for your support!

Board Directors Wanted
The SCNSW is in need of enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to volunteer to join the Board of Directors. Three positions are available: Club Secretary, Publications & Printing, and Vice President. You can view the job descriptions here. Qualifications are not necessary and all training will be provided. Send your applications to All applicants will be considered. Please help us to help the Swiss community. Thank you.
SACA: Penthes Lecture and Dinner at the Goethe-Institut Sydney

The Swiss Australian Cultural Association (SACA) welcomes SCNSW members to join an evening with the Director of Penthes, Mr Anselm Zurfluh, from the Museum for the Swiss Abroad in Geneva. The presentation will explore the history and future of this Museum. A film about present-day Switzerland will follow this presentation. The evening will conclude with supper, sponsored by the Swiss Community Care Society. This event is completely FREE, so please attend to support your Swiss community. For further information, please download a flyer here (78KB PDF).
When: Friday, 17 October 2014 from 18:30 onwards.
Where: Goethe-Institut Sydney, 90 Ocean Street, Woollahra NSW 2025.
Cost: FREE.
Bookings are essential for catering purposes – please contact Daniel Frutiger before Friday, 10 October to confirm your attendance +61 2 9680 4299 | 0403 502 048 |
16th Australian Sängerfest 2014 in Canberra

On the October 3-6 long weekend the Austrian Choir Canberra will act as host to the 16th triennial Sängerfest (Singing Festival) of all member choirs of the Australischer Sängerbund (the German Choral Association of Australia Inc). Twenty-two member choirs will converge on Canberra on that weekend to celebrate common interest in choral music. Choirs and singers will be coming from every State and Territory - including our very own NSW team, the Swiss Yodelers of Sydney. There is a wide variety of choirs represented in the Sängerbund, so there will also be a broad range of music presented over the weekend including German, Austrian and Swiss lieder and folk songs together with music of other language backgrounds including much music in English.

When: Saturday, 4 October to Sunday, 5 October.
Where: Llewellyn Hall, Building 100, William Herbert Place, Canberra ACT 2601.
Cost: General admission for individual concerts on the Sunday is $5.00 (purchase at door). Adult admission is $20.00 and includes the Gala concert at Llewellyn Hall (purchase through Ticketek)
More info detailing the proceedings:
Swiss Playgroup Sydney Events
Manly Dam Picnic
Where: Manly Dam, Sir Roden Cutler Vc Memorial Dr, Allambie Heights NSW 2100.
When: Friday, 3 October 2014, from 10:00. Meet near the
Section 1 Picnic Area.
RSVP: Noemi Bangel by Wednesday, 1 October or SMS to 0416 160 919.
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
Where: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, 1-5 Wheat Road, Sydney NSW 2000
When: Friday, 10 October 2014. Meet at the entrance at 10:00 am. How to get there.
RSVP: Noemi Bangel by Wednesday, 8 October or SMS to 0416 160 919
Balmoral Beach
Where: Balmoral Beach, Sydney NSW 2000
When: Friday, 24 October 2014 from 10:00 am.
RSVP: Noemi Bangel by Wednesday, 22 October or SMS to 0416 160 919
Official Playgroup Meeting & Halloween Craft
Where: North Sydney Community Centre, 220 Miller St, North Sydney NSW 2060
When: Friday, 31 October 2014 from 10:00 to 12:00.
RSVP: Noemi Bangel by Wednesday, 29 October or SMS to 0416 160 919

Schwyzerduetsch for Kids Events
Stockton Beach Tourist Park Camping/Cabins
Where: Stockton Beach Tourist Park, 3 Pitt Street, Stockton NSW 2295.
When: Friday, 3 October to Monday, 6 October 2014.
Additional info: 4 night minimum stay in cabins, camping is per negotiation (nights stayed). The Holiday Park backs onto a patrolled beach with a nice cafe. 
RSVP: Beatrice Sidari or SMS to 0418 280 178.
Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi to Tamarana Walk
Where: Bondi Beach, NSW 2026.
When: Sunday, 2 November. More details to follow. Sculpture by the Sea.
RSVP: Beatrice Sidari or SMS to 0418 280 178.
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