Maagunda Gaagal festival ready to impress

Gary Cattanach, Jason Earnshaw and students from Nambucca High have been going hard since the early hours of this morning to make sure everything is looking schmick for the inaugural Maagunda Gaagal (Sculpture Festival by the Sea).

The five enormous ocean-themed sculptures are nothing if not impressive. And the students are understandably proud of their efforts, and excited for the chance to show the community what they've been working hard on for over a year now.

"I've learned some stuff that I probably wouldn't have had the chance to if not for this project. I wanted to do fabrication before I started working on this, but after this I know for sure it's what I want to do," William Jury, who welded parts of each sculpture, said.

Jason Earnshaw (of Earnshaw Engineering) has relished the opportunity to impart some of his knowledge of the industry to kids who have been very receptive.

"The kids worked with aluminium, stainless steel, steel and plastic, and they problem solved through design processes as they went - the texture on that seahorse there - they figured out how to do that by themselves.

"I'm an engineer - I don't usually do this kind of stuff. So it was a great project for me to learn from too.

It's been time-consuming and a lot of hard work, but the results speak for themselves. It's been great to see what the kids have gotten out of it too."

Jason said he's been so impressed that he's decided to take a couple of the students on in work placements after the event.

But it's not just about the sculptures. Zephyr, a band formed from Nambucca High students will be laying down the funk tomorrow. And if you haven't heard their tunes yet, you really ought to.

There'll be an official opening, with Indigenous cultural dancers.

The Nambucca Heads Surf Lifesaving Club will be opening up the club upstairs for a barbecue, and fully-stocked bar.

And there'll be a coffee cart on site too.

IT'll be well worth your while tomorrow to head down to Main Beach between 9am and 3pm to check out the talent grown right here in Nambucca Heads.

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