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Worimi Elders and Forster Neighbourhood Centre, on behalf of Better Learning, Better Communities (BLBC), invite you to share the third Big Sing by the Sea, a musical Worimi cultural experience where Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people sing and learn together. 

For early starters, on Friday afternoon, by special request, there will be a spectacular Worimi Cultural Cruise (bookings required). 

Singing begins on Saturday, guided by Rachel Hore, OAM, founder of Big Sing in the Desert. We will sing familiar songs, learn new ones, including some in Worimi language, Gathang. All this while we form a new singing community!

As well as singing there will be:

  • a display of old photos (supplied by Forster/Tuncurry Museum), many of which have an unrecognised Worimi story to tell;
  • artworks by talented commmunity members displayed for sale;
  • a screening of the film "Teach a Man to Fish", produced by local Biripi man, Grant Saunders.  Grant will be there for Q&A
  • BBQ fish dinner at Smugglers Cove on Saturday evening (bookings required)

Sunday is all about polishing our singing so that we can demonstrate our collective awesomeness to friends and family at an afternoon concert, 2:30pm-3:30pm.


Saturday 28 September 
 - Sunday 29 September
Tuncurry Memorial Hall, 7 Point Rd, Tuncurry

  • Full price $125
  • Concession/child/student $80
  • Sponsored ticket for Aboriginal participants $20

The Program

SATURDAY 28 September
 Register, collect name tag - Tuncurry Memorial Hall, 7 Point Rd, Tuncurry
9:30-11:00 Singing led by Rachel
11:00-11:30 Morning tea
11:30-12:30 More singing
12:30-1:30 Lunch (provided)
1:00-3:30 Even more singing
2:30-3:15 Singing with Rachel
3:30-4:00 Arvo tea
4:00-5:30 Film - Teach a Man to FIsh
(Producer, local Biripi man Grant Saunders will be there for Q&A)
6:30-9:30pm BBQ dinner at Smugglers Cove (Optional - please book for catering purposes)

SUNDAY 29 September
9:30-11:00 Singing
11:00-11:30 Morning tea
11:30-12.30 Singing
12:30-1:15 Lunch (provided)
1:15-2:30 Concert rehearsal & set-up

2:30-3:30 CONCERT! (Guests - $5 pp; $10 group of 4)

Morning and afternoon tea, and a light lunch of soup (one vego), rolls and fruit will be provided on both days.

An optional BBQ fish dinner will be held at Smugglers Cover on Saturday evening (please book for catering purposes).

When booking workshop, dinner or cruise tickets, please advise if anyone in your booking is vegetarian or gluten free.

Sunday Concert - Celebration of Singing and Worimi Culture
Be prepared to be amazed! We are keen to show off the songs we have learnt together, some of which will be in Gathang. As well, we will invite groups to perform who may have a special song to share. There may even be a ukulele or two. Please invite friends and family to come along and enjoy this concert.

Local art on display - BRING CASH!
We are encouraging local artists to display their art for us to enjoy during the workshop. Most paintings will be for sale. 
Want to Show your Art? Please contact Elaine Charker 0419 680 987.


Friday 27 September, 1:30pm-3:30pm
MV 'Free Spirit" - Departs from Little St, Forster

For Out of Towners AND locals, we are offering a spectacular cruise on Wallis Lake. Several of the Aunts tell stories about growing up on the “Mish” and around the lake. They also point out significant aspects of the lake's flora & fauna. A wonderful way to start the weekend.

  • Full price $30
  • Concession/child/student $20
  • Sponsored ticket for Aboriginal participants $10


Smugglers Cove, on Macintosh St, offers a range of cabins at a 10% discount. They are the best value for money option  and are providing us with out dinner venue. They have BBQ facilities under cover for breakfasts. There are many other motels in the area.

Visit http://www.greatlakes.org.au/stay/accommodation



Forster Neighbourhood Centre
For information about sponsored tickets phone 6555 4351
General enquiries
Elaine Charker - 0419 680 987
Janice Paulson - 0408 674 604
Felicity Carter - 0411 566 593

Big Sing By The Sea is held in conjunction with Big Sing Incorporated -  a not-for-profit association established to foster and support community singing and music, and provide opportunities for musical and cultural sharing. Big Sing In The Desert is an amazing singing weekend in Central Australia. For more info visit www.rachelhore.com/bigsing or www.facebook.com/TheBigSingInTheDesert/

We hope to be able to send more of our Worimi singers to next year's Big Sing in the Desert.  Any profit and all donations collected by Great Lakes Neighbourhood Services at Big Sing by the Sea will go toward this.