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SCNSW February Newsflash

Sunday, 1 February 2015


Grüezi members and friends!

#FunFact: 556 hydroelectric power plants produce about 56% of Switzerland's domestic electricity―some 19 million gigawatt hours a year―and another 39% from nuclear power, resulting in a nearly CO2-free electricity-generating network., Image credit:

The SCNSW welcomes our new members and friends to the annual Jazz Picnic on Berry Island on Sunday, 22 February for a meet-and-greet; please see details below. The Board of Directors will be meeting at the Swiss Eiger Restaurant tomorrow night and will discuss updating the format of the SCN magazine, and SCNSW events for this year. A list of our future events will be posted on the events tab of our website shortly.

Upcoming Events in Sydney:

  • SPS: Taronga Zoo on 6 February from 10:00. See details below.
  • SPS: Clifton Gardens on 13 February from 10:00. See details below.
  • SfK: Bulli Beach & Picnic on 15 February. See details below.
  • SPS: Darling Harbour Water Play on 20 February from 10:00. See details below.
  • SCNSW: Jazz Picnic & New Members Meet-and-Greet on 22 February from 11:00. See details below.
  • SPS: Play-Doh Fun on 27 February from 10:00. See details below.
  • SYS: Yodlers Harbour Cruise on 28 February from 18:00. See details below.
  • SfK: Royal National Park Picnic/Boat Hire on 1 March. See details below.
Jazz Picnic & New Members Meet-and-Greet

The annual Jazz Picnic will be on again for this year and the SCNSW invites all new members to join this event for a friendly meet and greet. The SCNSW will offer red and white wine, beer and soft drink (for members only); however, please BYO picnic. This event is a wonderfully musical shindig and everyone young and old will have a swingin' time.

Where: Berry Island Reserve, Shirley Road, Wollstonecraft NSW 2065.
When: Sunday, 22 February 2015 from 11:00 onwards.
Cost: Members FREE. Non-Members $10.00/person. BYO picnic and blanket.

Bookings are essential. Please contact Daniel Frutiger by Sunday, 15 February 2015 to confirm your attendance +61 2 9680 4299 | 0403 502 048 |

Swiss Central Summer BBQ
For the first time, a small group of Swiss-Australians met at a centrally located spot in regional NSW for a Swiss Summer BBQ. The event was organised by Fränzi Weiss, a Swiss-Australian living in Orange NSW, and was held a fortnight ago along picturesque Lake Canobolas. The weather was perfect and all who attended had a lovely time. This event is a great way to establish connections with Swiss-Australians in regional areas and showing support for the greater Swiss community of NSW. We hope to see this event grow with many more attendees next year. More info here. Images courtesy of Fränzi Weiss.

Swiss Yodlers Harbour Cruise
The Swiss Yodlers of Sydney are hosting their annual Harbour Cruise again for this year and welcome all to join in the fun and experience a different view of Sydney from its unique harbour. There will be raffle prizes, dinner and entertainment.

Where: Huntleys Point Wharf, Huntleys Point Rd, Huntleys Point NSW 2111.
When: Saturday, 28 February, departing by 18:00 sharp.
Costs: $65.00 per person and includes a ticket for the cruise, dinner and entertainment by Chrigu & Chrigu, Handoergeler from Melbourne.
RSVP: Alois Kretz by email or call +61 2 9419 7277 by 14 February to confirm your attendance - bookings are essential.

The History of Swiss Topography
Former Marketing Manager at the Swiss Club of Victoria, Damian Schaller, writes an interesting article on the history of Swiss topography that can be read here. Damian has also written several other intriguing articles on Swiss culture as part of his blog 'Damian's Websurf' that can be viewed here.
Schweizerdeutsch Tutoring
Interested in learning or keeping up Schweizerdeutsch? It is never too late to learn a new language – all age groups are more than welcome to participate. Lessons are also available online via Skype. Please visit our blog page for contact information and further details.
Swiss Playgroup of Sydney Events
Taronga Zoo
Where: Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Road, Mosman NSW 2088. Meet at the Zoo entrance.
When: Friday, 6 February from 10:00.
RSVP: Noemi Bangel email or SMS to 0416 160 919 by Wednesday, 4 February, so she will know how many people to wait for. Please don't forget your Zoo Pass, if you have one.
Clifton Gardens
Where: Clifton Gardens Reserve, Morella Road, Mosman, NSW 2088.
When: Friday, 13 February from 10:00 am.
RSVP: Noemi Bangel email or SMS to 0416 160 919 by Wednesday, 11 February. There is a kiosk (Bacio Kiosk) with limited food, it might be best to bring a picnic. For those coming by car, there are parking fees.
Darling Harbour Water Play
Where: Darling Quarter Kids Playground, 1 Harbour Street, Sydney NSW 2000.

When: Friday, 20 February from 10:00 am.
RSVP: Noemi Bangel email or SMS to 0416 160 919 by Wednesday, 18 February. There are water games, climbing ropes, swings, slides, and a flying fox will keep the kids entertained for hours. Bad weather alternative - The Powerhouse Museum. There may be parking fees.
Play-Doh Fun
Where: North Sydney Community Centre, 220 Miller Street, North Sydney NSW 2060.
When: Friday, 27 February from 10:00 am.
RSVP: Noemi Bangel email or SMS to 0416 160 919 by Wednesday, 25 February.
Schwiizerdütsch for Kids Events
Bulli Beach & Picnic
Where: Bulli Beach, Bulli NSW.
When: Sunday, 15 February 2015.
Info: Join us for some fun in the sun and surf and around the rock pools, and a nice Summer picnic.
RSVP: Beatrice Sidari by email.
Audley, Royal National Park: Picnic & Boat Hire
Where: Royal National Park, NSW.
When: Sunday, 1 March 2015.
Info: Join us for a walk about in the beautiful Royal National Park and for a picnic. We also aim to hire boats.
RSVP: Beatrice Sidari by email.
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