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Community spirit on display at LHI Open Day

LHI Open Day 2023 on Wednesday, 4 October, brought together new staff, visitors, and residents to learn about the role of the LHIB and Island’s various organisations.

From biosecurity dog demonstrations and waste displays to bake sales, we hope you took away valuable information and familiarised yourself with new faces. 

The prize-winning and highly commended submissions from the Open Day 2023 Photography Competition were unveiled, with the full results now online. The judges were impressed by the talent shown across the entries, which showcased residents and visitors’ versatile connection to the Island. 

Prize packs were kindly contributed by Lord Howe Island BreweryLord Howe Island Distilling CoLord Howe Island Brewing CoLord Howe Island Bowling ClubLove Lord HoweIyara SpaIsland ShowcaseBenny’s Fish TruckSpirulina WandersCoral Café, and Thornleigh Farm.

The banyan tree was reimagined in the kids colouring in competition, receiving many creative entries. The 3-6 year old category winner took away a $15 Thompsons Store voucher and Island Showcase kids book by Sarah Jordan. The 7+ year old age group winner also enjoyed a Thompsons Store voucher and Pandanus fish set by Daryl Shick from Island Showcase.

Two lucky recipients of the door prize were announced, with each entrant to O-Day receiving a free ticket to enter the draws throughout the day. We are grateful to Abemama and Driftwood Bar & Restaurant who generously donated vouchers to make this possible. 

Through the support of attendees, $511 was raised by the Nippers’ BBQ lunch fundraiser and $154 went towards the LHI Central School through gold coin donations for the information bags, which sported a limited edition 70s LHI print.

If you are a new staff member who would like to read the LHIB’s Guide to Living on Lord Howe Island, collect a free copy from the LHIB Administration Office or email [email protected].

Head to LHIB’s Instagram/Facebook/LinkedIn for a video recap of the day’s festivities- and don’t forget to give us a follow to stay updated with the latest news and future events!

We thank those who took the time to complete the Open Day 2023 survey. This feedback will allow us to bring Open Day back in 2024 with an even better program.