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What's on in Brilliant November & December 2023

Updated: Jan 7

Getting towards the end of the year with more Brilliant Experiences for our businesses and communities!

There are so many activities happening in our Brilliant communities, from networking, to art, to books and the highly anticipated Christmas fairs and parties! There is something for everyone so get your agendas ready and mark down these dates!

November Networking Night - Tourism in the Hinterland

9 November is a time to shine the spotlight on some of our local tourism operators and tourism attractions! Come along to Billabong Zoo and learn all about the awesome experiences that the hinterland has to offer! Hear from local tourism operators, Bago Maze & Wine, Epic Rides & Tours and Hastings Farm Gate Tour! *Complimentary drink on arrival, nibbles and animal experience are included in ticket price.

RSVP here.

November Networking Night | Brilliant-Online

Micro Business Forum Events for Small Businesses

The friendliest business network in town always has their doors open for small business owners to get together and share their knowledge, skills and experiences. Business students can attend Micro Business Forums at special rates - one is never too young to start the business brain buzzing!

Thursday Coffee Connects

9 November, 10am, Ruins Cafe, Lake Innes Shopping Centre, Port Macquarie. RSVP here.

Roadmap from Ideas to Successful Business

15 November, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Charles Sturt University, Port Macquarie, Major Innes Rd, Port Macquarie NSW 2444, Australia

*Special Student fee $15.

Local Lake Cathie 12-year-old Patrick Dale, a 2022 Top 5 Australia's Tween Entrepreneur, owner of Sweet Tooth Marshmallows, shares valuable lessons after returning from the Global Entrepreneurship Congress.

Register here.

MBF Roadmap from Ideas to Successful Business Patrick Dale |  Brilliant-Online

Wauchope Art Gallery Exhibitions

Nyiirunba Djuyalbaa ‘Our Story Place’ Captured in Black and White’ Exhibition

Wauchope Art Gallery Exhibition Nyiirunba Djuyalbaa ‘Our Story Place’ | Brilliant-Online

Wauchope Campus TAFE NSW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts Certificate III students are proud to showcase their major cultural works in this exhibition from 25 October - 11 November, 10am to 2pm.

See this amazing collection of culturally inspired custom paintings celebrating culture and connection to country. The exhibition has been coordinated by Wauchope Campus TAFE NSW Creative Design and Ideation (CDI) Cultural Arts Teacher, Ang Marr. ‘Captured in Black and White’ also features artworks from Wauchope Campus TAFE NSW Career Pathways, Aboriginal Languages and Employability Skills (CPALES) Passion to Profit alumni students. The exhibition is in support of CDI and CPALES cross section collaborative approach in the cultural arts space.

Mini Exhibitions at Wauchope Art Gallery!

View the works of multiple artists all in one place at the same time! From 15 November until 2 December, the Wauchope Art Gallery will be filled with mini exhibitions from many different artists. See the works of multiple artists all in one place! And why not take this opportunity to do your Christmas shopping? You may just find a unique present for an unforgettable Christmas!

Why not volunteer at the Wauchope Art Gallery?

Wauchope Friday Writers Group

Check out the new book Poetic Justice - The Faces of Retribution by the Wauchope Friday Writers Group! Chat with the writers from the group and hear about their experience with this writing challenge set up by group facilitator and published author Desley Polmear.

Friday 24 November, 10:30am-12:00 at Port Macquarie Library, 32 Grant St, Port Macquarie.

Meet Carolyn Williams as well, author of children's book the Adventures of Dora, the Runaway Greyhound.

Carolyn Williams, author of The Adventures of Dora, the Runaway Greyhound | Brilliant-Online
Carolyn Williams, author of The Adventures of Dora, the Runaway Greyhound

HDFC 2023 Awards Presentation and Dinner

Join Hastings District Flying Club for their most important event of the year to recognise the achievements of their student pilots, seasoned pilots and club members for outstanding flying, performance and contribution to the Hastings District Flying Club. Buy tickets here.

HDFC Awards Presentation and Annual Dinner | Brilliant-Online

Date: Saturday, 25 November, from 6pm

Venue: Hastings District Flying Club (Hangar)

Tickets: Roast dinner is $40 per adult and $15 per child (under 14 years)

Combined Networks Christmas Party

Combined Networks Xmas Party | Brilliant-Online

The annual Combined Networks Christmas Party will be held at the Billabong Zoo Koala and Wildlife Park on 1 December, 6pm to 9pm. Make this a Christmas to remember, celebrating against the enchanting backdrop of wildlife and nature. You may well encounter a cuddly koala coming over to say hi, as well as other majestic creatures coming to view these human curiosities!

Ticket price includes a lovely spread of canapés as well as a welcome drink to kick off the festivities! Get your tickets here.

The combined business networks include:

  • Business Port Macquarie

  • Wauchope Chamber of Commerce

  • Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce

  • Hastings Business Womens Network

  • Micro Business Forum

  • Business NSW

This event is supported by the Port Macquarie Hastings Council.

Sell Online Workshop

Destination North Coast NSW | Brilliant-Online

Join Destination NSW for a free, half-day Sell Online workshop to find out how you can increase bookings for your tour, attraction or accommodation by selling online.

Date: Thursday, 7 December 2023 Time: 10.30am - 2:30 pm Venue: Sails by Rydges, Port Macquarie

Get tickets here.

Get your skates on for a colourful Christmas Fair!

Mark your calendars for the annual Christmas Fair in Port Macquarie's Town Square on December 8!

This Friday night event promises to be unforgettable, with exciting attractions such as a new tree, an ice skating rink, bauble craft events, a laser light show and even a special visit from Santa himself! Local traders will showcase their artisan stalls, while food trucks will offer delicious treats. Keep an eye out for roaming performers on stilts and a surprise appearance from Mr. and Mrs. Claus!

The fair is perfect for families and will run from 5pm to 9pm, with the lighting of the sustainable tree at 8:15pm.

Christmas stalls | Brilliant-Online

Don't miss the chance to experience the Northern Hemisphere flavour of Christmas at the Town Green ice rink, where skating is free and sure to be a major highlight.

If you're interested in setting up a stall, applications are open until November 10. Join us for a Christmas celebration you won't forget!

NSW Government Disaster Assistance| Brilliant-Online

Special Note:

Disaster Assistance for Kempsey, Mid-Coast and Port Macquarie Hastings following severe bushfires

Disaster assistance is now available for Kempsey, Mid-Coast and Port Macquarie Hastings Local Government Areas (LGAs) following severe bushfires on 16 October 2023 onwards.

Assistance available under the DRFA may include:

  • Help for eligible people whose homes or belongings have been damaged (eligibility criteria apply). Support for affected local councils to help with the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets.

  • Concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and non-profit organisations. Freight subsidies for primary producers.


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