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Christmas Cakes and Puddings

The Rotary Club of Bairnsdale Sunrise are selling Christmas puddings and cakes as a fundraiser to support the numerous projects both locally and internationally that the club supports. If you would like to assist the club by purchasing a pudding or cake, either as a gift or to enjoy on Christmas day, they are available in reception at $20.00 each.


East Gippsland Community Christmas Appeal

This Appeal provides food hampers and children’s gifts to East Gippsland families at Christmas. It is about locals looking out for locals, and acknowledging that Christmas can sometimes be a time of financial strain and not all families experience the joy of sharing a Christmas meal with family and friends. Community Service Agencies refer families to the Christmas Appeal and hampers and gifts are given without judgement. It is an opportunity for the community to work together to share their best wishes at Christmas time. You can help by donating gifts of non-perishable food, children’s gifts or money to support the appeal. These can be brought to the Bairnsdale Campus and added to the basket in the office. Alternatively cash donations can be made at Uniting office, 49 McCulloch Street, Bairnsdale. Please contact Uniting Gippsland on 5152 9600 for further details.


East Gippsland Libraries Summer School Holiday Program 2018

The East Gippsland libraries have a host of summer of activities planned for Primary aged children, including movie screenings, Animals of Oz, coding clubs, games clubs, activity sessions and more.  Please follow the link below to find more about the programs and dates.


Summer Reading Club

A Summer Reading Club is taking place at East Gippsland Shire Library these summer holidays.

Last year the Summer Reading Club was a huge success!

  • Over 55,000 children participated across Australia, and
  • More than 450,000 books were read.


The theme for the 2017 Summer Reading Club is GAME ON.  At East Gippsland Shire Library, Summer Reading Club activities will run from Friday 1 December 2017 to Wednesday 31 January 2018. Registration is free.  When participants register at the library, they will receive a reading log, which allows them to collect small prizes as they read. Alternatively, they can also register through the Summer Reading Club website at   National prizes are also up for grabs for those who participate in the online activities.

Reading logs and registration forms are now available from the office, or from any East Gippsland Shire Library.  For more information on this year’s Summer Reading Club, please contact Jane Wembridge on 5152 4225 or by email to


East Gippsland Library Christmas Activity Sessions

In December, the East Gippsland Shire Library will be running some children’s Christmas activity sessions and drop-in Christmas card making sessions.


Christmas Craft Activity Session

Come along and listen to some Christmas stories before making some Christmas craft items you can keep.  For ages 5 – 12.  Bookings are essential for the activity sessions and bookings can be made in person at the library or by phoning 5152 4225. 

Lakes Entrance Service Centre, Monday 4 December from 3.45 pm – 4.45 pm

Paynesville Service Centre, Tuesday 5 December from 3.45 pm – 4.45 pm

Bairnsdale Library, Wednesday 6 December from 3.45 pm – 4.45 pm


Christmas Card Making

Drop into the library anytime during the listed dates and times to design and make your own Christmas cards. All materials will be provided.  All ages, no bookings required

Paynesville Service Centre, Wednesday 6 December from 8.30 am – 5.00 pm

Lakes Entrance Service Centre, Thursday 7 December from 8.30 am – 5.00 pm

Bairnsdale Library, Friday 8 December from 9.30 am – 5.30 pm