The relaxation of the covid meeting rules allowed a gathering of SURG members to celebrate Christmas at the Harry Weller shelter, in the Boambee Creek Reserve. Around a dozen members gathered on Saturday 27th November, to catch up and share some stories, a drink or two and some nibbles. Recognising it has been a difficult year for many organisations, Nicola, the SURG President, expressed thanks to those members who persevered through the non contact Zoom meetings and were able to continue with organisation of this get together, the first for many months, the recent Sea Urchin surveys, and two important future events, the 2021 Coffs Coast Sea Slug Census and the camping weekend at Hat Head.

And, of course, it wouldn’t be a traditional SURG Christmas party without the annual Christmas raffle, very well organised by Tom Mair. We had some very generous sponsors, Jetty Dive with a double dive voucher, K’pane with a $50 gift voucher for their exquisite pastries and other goodies, and the Happy Frog, who very generously donated a superb basket of goodies and several, beautifully packaged fresh salads. Tom also organised some wine, Neil Vaughan donated two artworks and there were various other smaller prizes to make sure no-one went home empty handed. While no-one is able to foresee the future, SURG members hope to be able to operate more normally next year and will continue to pursue worthwhile projects where the opportunities arise. Merry Christmas to all, here’s fingers crossed for a happy and healthy New Year!