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SCNSW September Newsflash

Sunday, 30 August 2015


Grüezi members and friends!

#FunFact: Spring has sprung in Sydney and there are many sweet and fragrant flowering plants uncovering for the first time! Switzerland too is home to some of the most beautiful and deceptively delicate flowers in the world. The Purple Mountain Saxifrage (Saxifraga oppositifolia, pictured above) grows in abundance in harsh arctic and mountainous region around the world including the Swiss Alps. It is even known to grow on Kaffeklubben Island in north Greenland at 83o40'N, making it the most northerly flowering plant on Earth.
Swiss botanist, Christian Körner, found the plant at the Dom peak in the canton of Valais at an elevation of 4,505m, making it the highest elevation flowering plant in Europe and most likely the world!
The petals are edible and are described as bitter at first, then immediately taste sweet and slightly sticky. If foraging for edible plants in Sydney interests you, please join us for a Wild Foraging Tour of Tempe (see details below)!

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The SCNSW would like to thank all the wonderful people who visited us at the SCNSW stall at the Swiss National Day Picnic! We hope our events interest you and are looking forward to seeing you at a few of our upcoming functions: all are more than welcome!

Sunday, 6 September is Fathers Day: Happy Father's Day to all the hard-working and loving father's out there! Why not spoil your father (and partner) by taking them on an outdoor adventure with the SCNSW? Join us for a fun day of urban foraging in Tempe for Father's Day: see below for more details.

On another note, we're seeking a volunteer interested to interview our members and friends with interesting stories that will be published in our SCN magazine and online: please see below for more details.

Upcoming Events in Sydney:

  • SACA: AGM at the Goethe Institute on Fri 4 Sept.
  • SCNSW: Wild Food Foraging Tour, Tempe on Sun 6 Sept. See details below.
  • SPS: Formal Playgroup on Fri 18 Sept. See details below.
  • SCNSW: Bushwalk: Headland Track on Sun 27 Sept. See details below.
  • SE: Swiss Entrepreneurs Lunch on Wed 7 Oct.
  • SCNSW: Film Night at Goethe Institute on Fri 9 Oct. See events page for details.
  • CR: 7 Bridges Walk Fundraiser 'Swiss Team' on 25 Oct. See details below.
Wild Food Foraging in Tempe
If you fancy yourself as a forager but don’t know a good edible plant from a bad one, let Diego Bonetto take you under his wild wing. Diego Bonetto is an Italian artist, father, forager, speaker, keen naturalist and award winning cultural worker based in Sydney. Diego works with chefs, scientists, architects, academics, herbalists, brewers, soap makers, producers, educators and land owners, providing programs, workshops, tours, community engagement strategies and exhibitions. He regularly presents at conferences and symposiums on the ecological and cultural value of botanical species.
This three-hour tour starts at Tempe railway station car park and covers a small loop of the Cook River. Along the way, Bonetto points out weeds and flowers that are edible. Each participant will receive a complementary booklet detailing the most common species we would find. See here for an overview of the publication. After the tour, we can all have a nice lunch at the Concordia Club in Tempe.
When: Sunday, 6 September 2015, 10:00-16:00
Where: Meet at Tempe Railway Station Car Park, Tempe NSW
Cost: $20.00 per person (our members), $25.00 per person (non-members). We require a group of minimum 20 people to attend in order for this function to go ahead. NB: Cost does not include lunch at the Concordia Club.

Bookings are essential. Please contact Daniel Frutiger before Thursday, 3 September to confirm your attendance: | 0403 502 048 | +61 2 9680 4299.
Urban Forager: Diego Bonetto I The Feed
Urban Forager: Diego Bonetto I The Feed
Check out this clip for an insight into what we might expect at our Foraging Tour in Tempe. Diego believes that the best food is not found in the supermarket but all around us, and he's teaching inner-city dwellers how to forage. 
Swiss National Day Picnic, Castle Hill

The Swiss National Day Picnic at Castle Hill Showground, organised by the Swiss Yodelers of Sydney and Swiss Folksdance Group Alpegruess, was once again a great success with over 1,500 patriotic visitors. The variety of stalls kept everyone busy by offering many Swiss delicacies and products. The BBQ proved to be very popular with bratwurst, cervelats and fleischkäse available. The tombola prize list was massive this year and many lucky visitors won some great prizes. The bar was also very busy with wine, beer, schnapps, coffee and tea on offer. There were also many attractions for the children, including a huge selection of rides, a petting zoo and bottle fishing. We had a busy day at the SCNSW stall and would like to thank all the wonderful people who came to have a chat, free refreshment and snacks. Check out more photos on our Facebook album.

This event could not be possible without the dedication and efforts from all the volunteers involved - the SCNSW would like to thank everyone who contributed to this wonderful day. We look forward to the festivities next year!

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7 Bridges Walk Fundraiser: 'Swiss Team'
The Le Cercle Romand is participating in the 7 Bridges Walk, a fundraising walk to raise money for the Cancer Council of NSW, and are inviting all Swiss people in Sydney to join the Swiss Team!

Visit the website and register under 'Swiss Team'

Where: Meet at Lane Cove Village, corner of Longueville Rd & Austin Rd, Lane Cove NSW 2066
When: Sunday, 25 October 2015 at 8:00 am until afternoon.
Info: Please wear a red t-shirt and bring all necessary items listed on the website. You don't have to walk the whole distance: it's not a competition, it's a fundraiser, so you can walk only part of the walk if you wish. See course map.
RSVP: For any questions please call Christian Dubois, CR committee member (who scrapes Raclettes on 1 Aug Picnic), on 0449 565 900, and he will happily assist you with any enquirers.
The Swiss in New South Wales: A History
Dear members and friends, please note that 'The Swiss in NSW' website is no longer active, but if you wish to buy copies of this wonderful book, you can do so by contacting Erin Wilson at Schweizer Kobras, Lawyers & Notaries:
Ph: + 61 2 9223 9399.
New reduced prices are as follows:
$18.00 per copy for 1-5 copies
$14.00 per copy for 6-10 copies
$10.00 per copy above 10 copies
A Charm of Switzerland in Tasmania
Grindelwald is a small town just north of Launceston, developed in the 1980s in the style of a Swiss village by Roelf Vos, a Dutch immigrant to Tasmania. All houses in Grindelwald have been built in Swiss style, with wide eaves, flowerboxes, window shutters and balconies. It was built around an artificial lake, on the edge of which sits the 40 hectare Tamar Valley Resort, which shares the Swiss architectural style. 

The Resort includes a range of accommodation, a shopping arcade, craft and gift shops, day spa, golf pro shop, chocolatier, and a cafe and bakery. You can also enjoy a meal at the lakeside Alpenrose Lakeside Bistro and lounge bar. Accommodation options include the Grand Chateau Hotel and self-contained family chalets.

Click here to read an article about the town in Deutsch.
SCN: 'Meet a Member' & Letters to the Editor
We will be launching a new section for the SCN that will be called, 'Meet a Member', which will involve interviews with members. We are reaching out to our greater community hoping to find an individual interested in helping us to launch this new section by kindly offering their time for your Swiss community. The Board believes this novel idea will create interesting stories for our members and friends to read, and will be a valuable and enriching contribution to your Swiss community and Club. Please email us for further information.
Contributions for the SCN
We are looking for our members and other Swiss people and businesses in the community to volunteer by contributing to our SCN magazine and monthly eNewsflashes by writing to us with an interesting or funny anecdote that can be about your work, family and friends or community. If you have a captivating bio/autobiography, we would also like to share it with our members and affiliates. We are also always open to comments and ideas that you have to better our Swiss community here in NSW!

Please keep contributions within 600 words or less. You can also include a max of two images (300dpi min & artwork supplied with crop marks & 3mm of internal and external bleed). All contributions can be sent to our Editor by email.

Thank you kindly for your contributions.
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 SkypePlease visit our blog page for contact information and further details.
Entertainment Book: WIN
Be in the draw to WIN a $1,000 Woolworths WISH eGift Card! Purchase an Entertainment Books or Digital Membership from us before 31 August 2015 and you will automatically enter the draw. Take advantage of the Free Postage Campaign, the book would make a great Father’s Day pressie!

Order your Entertainment Book here
Swiss Playgroup of Sydney
Formal Playgroup: TBC
Where: North Sydney Community Centre, 220 Miller Street, North Sydney NSW 2060
When: Friday, 18 September from 10:00-12:00 pm.
RSVP: Noemi Bangel email or SMS to 0416 160 919 by Wednesday, 25 August.

Schwiizerdütsch for Kids

Schwiizerdütsch for Kids is a group of Swiss/Swiss-Australian/Swiss-International families that get together every first Sunday of the month. They enjoy the outdoors in different parks and beaches in and around Sydney, go camping once a year, introduce some Swiss customs that they enjoyed when they were kids growing up in Switzerland and swap between Swiss German and English as it suits! The great thing is to see the kids from all different ages bond together! If you are interested in finding out more please contact Bea Sidari on 0418 280 178 or
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