Radio Yacht Control Club
Community is at the heart of Calderwood Valley, and we’re delighted to see a number of exciting new local-led groups forming, bringing more ways for residents to meet and connect in our beautiful neighbourhood.
You may have spotted the Radio Control Yacht club setting sail on the top lake in Calderwood Valley recently, started by Tullimbar locals Clyde and June Block.
Started by Clyde and his friend who first caught up together to sail their world-class radio-controlled boats on the local ponds and lakes, the group has since grown to 10 men who now meet weekly at the lake to join the fun. “We asked permission from Lendlease to sail our boats on the lakes, and they said go for it, which was fantastic,” Clyde said.
Newcomers to the group who are unfamiliar with the hobby are welcomed and supported by the other members to learn the technical skills involved. “We have about 5 men who live in Calderwood Valley in the group...people saw us and stopped to watch and chat...and then they decide to get involved as well so it has just grown naturally. When they get started, we help them to buy their boat, build it and learn to sail,” Clyde said. “The freshwater lakes in Calderwood Valley are the perfect spot to sail the boats, as salt water damages them.”
The club has become popular for locals to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful surrounds, learn a new hobby, form new friendships and connect on a regular basis over a relaxing sail or a thrilling boat race.
After previously founding a men’s shed in support of the Beyond Blue initiative, Clyde has combined his love of the hobby with his passion for men’s mental health, and believes it’s important for men to have a space to connect and talk with each other. “It is easy to join in no matter your age or fitness level...The men sit and talk about their families, grandchildren, where they’re at in life and their health…it’s very important for men to be able to talk to each other,” he said. “Anyone can do it…If you can walk or stand…or you can even sit in a camping chair and participate.”
The group also have a quarterly afternoon dinner using nearby barbecue facilities with their wives, partners, and families in what Clyde describes as a nice social catch up.
Join the RC Yacht Club
The RC Yacht Club is on from 12pm-5pm every Sunday and Thursday at the top lake on Sunflower Boulevard and are always looking for new faces to come along and join the fun.
To get involved come along or text Clyde and June on 0417268507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thinking of joining a local club or want to start your own?
Having a hobby is a great way to spend your spare time and unwind from your daily routine - whether it's learning a new skill, doing something outdoors or doing something musical or artistic. There are many benefits to joining a local club or group – here are just some:
Meet new people and form friendships
Joining a local group is a great way to meet new people in your area, make friends, and expand your network and creative fun new memories.
Develop new skills and interests
If you want to get into a new activity, joining a club gives you the opportunity to learn new skills and develop new interests, from others who have knowledge and experience to share.
Improved mental health and wellbeing
Spending time on an activity that you enjoy can improve your mental health and wellbeing. Research shows that people with hobbies are less likely to suffer from stress, low mood, and depression. Activities that get you out and about can make you feel happier and more relaxed.
Sense of community and belonging
Being a part of a local group can be a great way to get involved in your community and make a difference. Whether you’re looking for a place to socialize, learn something new, or get involved in a worthy cause, local clubs can provide support, and a sense of community and belonging.
Community spirit and connection in Calderwood Valley
At Calderwood Valley, there is real community spirit and plenty of ways to connect with your neighbours. A dedicated community engagement coordinator is onsite to help facilitate community groups and welcome events, including mothers’ groups, park and play sessions for the kids and art classes. There is also an assigned space, the Sprout Hub, for community events and seminars.
Do you have a hobby that you would like to start a local group for? Contact our Sustainability Manager Alison with your ideas at Alison.Ora@lendlease.com.au
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