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tition. On the judging panel was none other than Barry Dawson (pictured) himself, Master of the Cougar Arts and star of recent TV adverts. Nineteen year old Maroubra lad Nathan “Big Cat’ Briggs took out the event, win- ning an extreme sports experi- ence to the value of $1,000. The Coogee Bay Hotel has for a long time been heavily involved in the local commu- nity. Last year the Hotel was named winner of the AHA 2007 Outstanding Community Service and Initiative award thanks largely to their sponsorship of the Coogee Surf Club ($60,000 per year) and the local Pumpkin Bus, fundraising for the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick (over $130,000 donated in 2007


ith summer in full swing, the Coogee Bay Hotel is undoubtedly one of the best coastal venues in which to enjoy a cold schooner regardless of the entertainment on offer, but this hasn’t deterred the dedi- cated staff at the CBH from or- ganising a number of events and promotions that are guaranteed to get the local punters through the doors.


The popular pub has also continued its strong community involvement with a number of new and continuing initiatives put in place over the past twelve months.


On the entertainment front, the CBH plays host to a Nintendo Wii competition played on Austra- lia’s biggest plasma screens ev- ery Thursday night in the recently refurbished Sports Bar. There’s


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also a free ‘Get Together Night’ supporting up-and-coming independent Aussie artists on the last Thursday of every month, live entertainment in the Beach Bar every night of the week, some of Sydney’s hottest DJs every Friday and Saturday night including DJ Tom Hyper and DJ York and the extremely popular Sunday Summer Sessions in the famous beer garden with DJs, beer and good food running until the end of summer.


If this isn’t enough to get you through the month, there’ll also be speed dating for the single guys and girls on Valentines Day. Recent promotions at the pub include the launch of Cougar Volt, where 17 brave men in ‘budgie smugglers’ and mous- taches competed in the Coogee Cougar VOLT ‘Man-skills’ compe-


alone), and their involvement in initiatives such as the Smart Shout campaign in which free Mount Franklin water is made available to patrons and the “designated driver program”, which offers wristbands to identify drivers who in turn receive free soft drinks and water during the night. The CBH has also been running free fitness classes since Sep- tember and there has been an overwhelming response from the community members who have attended.


A few months of warm weather still remain, leaving plenty of time to make the most of all that the Coogee Bay Hotel has to offer as they aim to raise local com- munity awareness and ensure a safe and fun environment for all during the season of summer festivities.


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