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Members gathered at Tonic by the Bay for our Summer Wrap Party to raise our glasses to the start of 2022 year.

Celebrating on a balmy summer evening with the gorgeous backdrop of Geographe Bay,  Tonic by the Bay was an ideal location to come together and enjoy their new tantalising menu, fresh chilled brews from Eagle Bay Brewing Co and superb wines from Brown Hill Estate.

Evan Lewis, General Manager of Broadwater Resort, began the proceedings by giving an insight into the newly refurbished Tonic by the Bay (formerly Stilts), a project recently taken over by the resort. Evan described the creative progress of the restaurant and bar as an enjoyable journey, and a great opportunity to build Broadwater as a destination.

Angus from Brown Hill Estate was a popular barman for the evening, enjoying conversation with members and serving the Estate’s fine wine and offering brews from Eagle Bay Brewing Co.

The Mingle was a ticketed event and $2350 in funds were donated towards the Rotary Club of Busselton- Geographe Bay Shelterbags initiative to fund the provision of swags to local agencies providing support for people experiencing homelessness. Ross Johnston and Shelley O’Brien from Rotary have an update on the project with a demonstration of the lightweight, portable and waterproof swags.  They are seeking further contributions so please read more about the project and how you can contribute HERE.

Sharna Kearney, Joint CEO and Marketing Manager gave a summary of the  Summer season, acknowledging obstacles leading into summer with bushfires, COVID exposure sites, mask-wearing and proof of vaccination mandates as well as members experiencing busy periods with shortages of staff.  MRBTA is consistently working to support members in the immediate issues facing their businesses as well as keeping a focus on the long term future of our destination and preparation for the recovery, noting our position as an already strong destination. One of the key initiatives highlighted by Sharna, recently announced by MRBTA Chair Stuart Hicks is the 6 Point Recovery Plan for the National Park. The Recovery Plan advocates to increase the investment in the park and ensure it’s appropriately resourced taking into consideration the significant environmental and culturally sensitive sites in the park. As we brace ourselves for what is likely to be another unpredictable year, Sharna welcomed any feedback and encouraged members to reach out if needing any support as MRBTA is here to help.

A few thrilled members received door prize bundles and we would like to thank Margaret River Wine Association, Broadwater Resort, Tonic by the Bay, Plucky Media and Origins Market for their generous contributions.

Thank you to all that attended and a huge thank you to the event’s host:

Tonic by the Bay

Brown Hill Estate 

Eagle Bay Brewing Co 

Our next member event will be a member familiarisation tour focusing on Augusta and its surrounds.  Please contact the Membership team for information on how to get involved.