The 16th edition of the Nagambie on Water (NOW) Festival has been a resounding success with Nagambie welcoming visitors from across the state to enjoy an array of on water activities and market stalls around Lake Nagambie.
The annual Costa Community Canoe Challenge was opened by local MP Annabelle Cleeland, who paid tribute to the important work of local emergency service and frontline worker, including Victoria Police, the CFA, Ambulance Victoria and Nagambie Healthcare.
“Each of these organisations contribute so much to our community – protecting, serving and keeping each and every one of us safe,” Ms Cleeland said.
“Our ambulance and Victoria Police teams see us on our very worst days, and they are the selfless people that run towards danger to help us in the most trying and vulnerable situations.”
“We are indebted to you for your service and no acknowledgement will ever be enough.
“The team at Nagambie Healthcare do an incredible job. As one of just a handful of community owned hospitals in Victoria their work is not without challenges but the ability of the board, executive and staff to diversify, innovate and deliver high quality healthcare is something to be admired.
“The CFA are the lifeblood of so many regional communities. Amazing teams of dedicated volunteers who give so much to keep us safe.”
Ms Cleeland thanked NOW volunteers and the Nagambie Senior Citizens Centre for their hard work organising the event.
“Nagambie on Water is a massive event for the community and simply wouldn’t be possible without the work of so many volunteers,” Ms Cleeland said.
“The town is bursting at the seams with plenty of people coming to Nagambie and supporting the local economy.”
Ms Cleeland competed in the Costa Community Canoe Challenge alongside Federal Member for Nicholls, Sam Birrell and Member for Northern Victoria, Gaelle Broad.
“While we might not have been the quickest on the water it was great to see the community out in force, enjoying such a fantastic occasion,” Ms Cleeland said.
“What we lack in athleticism, we make up for in community passion.
“I look forward to next year’s edition and an improved showing from The Nationals team in the canoe challenge.”