about the paddle
The Mullum2Bruns Paddle is an annual event held on the Brunswick River, starting at Heritage Park, Mullumbimby and ending at the Terrace Park in Brunswick Heads, a distance of around 10km. There is something for everyone:
Challenges: Competitive events, drawing top athletes from all over Australia, with valuable prizes to be won
Fun Paddle: Bring along any non-motorised craft that floats and have some fun with family and friends
Dragon Boat Flotilla: Quite a spectacle – not something you see every day!
Best Decorated Craft: Fun paddlers & Dragon boats
Duck Race: For those who can’t take to the water there is an alternative – buy a number for a rubber duck which will race 300 other rubber numbered ducks and hopefully win you a prize.
To provide significant fundraising for the three stakeholder groups.
To raise the profile of each of the three organisations and their important contribution to the community.
To conduct a family friendly fun community event in line with the town’s vision.
To provide a supported opportunity for locals and visitors to make the 10km journey by non-motorised craft whether for fun or the challenge.
To promote our beautiful river for appreciation of the natural ecosystems and eco-friendly water activities.
To showcase Brunswick Heads and its simple pleasures, and Heritage Park in Mullumbimby.
To deliver benefits to the sponsors and showcase all sponsors as promised.
To boost the local economies through the “multiplier effect”.
To strengthen relationships between the organisations and build social capacity.
All paddle entrants must register and pay the required fee.
Participants who are 12 and under must wear a life jacket to be eligible to paddle.
Participation in the Terrace Fun activities is open to all.
We do not support any participant who is behaving in a manner contrary to our objectives.
We do not support or condone the participation of any political, protest or activist individuals or groups in any part of our event.
No food stalls at the Terrace Park other than those run by the three beneficiary organisations are permitted. Only one drink stall at Terrace Park and one coffee van at Heritage Park are permitted.
Older residents of the area tell us that a variation of the Paddle was originally held in the early 1980s, as a means of fundraising for the local Mullum community. These faded Polaroid photographs show Grub, Moffo and Nige competing in their home-made craft. (Thanks to Les and Mary Donnelly for the information and photos.)
The Mullum2Bruns Paddle event was proposed by the Brunswick Heads Visitor Centre in 2009, and the concept discussed between a small group, but it was not until the following year in 2010 that the inaugural event was birthed.
The three founding organisations* were:
The Mullum2Bruns Paddle Organising Committee was formed, with representatives from each of these organisations meeting regularly to create the eco-friendly family fun event.
• Jo-Ann Spiteri
• Roger Bowden
• Kevin Fitzgerald
• Norm Hunt
• Bill Mun
• Craig Reid
• Kim Rosen
• Warwick Stephen
• Belinda Burton
Sincere thanks to the community groups who assisted:
- The Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce
- 1st Brunswick Heads Scout Group
- The SES
- The Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club, Ocean Shores Country Club and Billinudgel Pub for providing the buses for the shuttle service
- The fabulous musicians
- All the volunteers who helped out before and on the day.
The Mullum2Bruns Paddle could not happen without the dedication of the volunteers who make up the three beneficiary organisations. The months of planning, the days of setting up prior to Paddle day and the sheer hard work on the day mean that these funds are well and truly earned. We sincerely thank the volunteers for making all this possible.