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Collaboration and opportunity flows from Wallaga Lake Grow The Music
Arts & Culture
For the fifth year in a row, the federally funded Grow The Music program based itself in the Wallaga Lake Koori community for two weeks of creativity, and connections; culminating in the free community concert held on Sunday (April 14). The Koori village of Wallaga Lake is tucked away from the highway, beside the bright blue lake and the Grow The Music concert is a rare invitation for...
Local op-shops overrun as Marie Kondo clean out trend continues
Community
The Australian Salvation Army reports that during their peak donation period this year, January-February, they experienced an 18 per cent increase on the previous year of donations - and store managers are putting it down to the Marie Kondo effect. A worldwide movement led by Japenese tidying expert Marie Kondo has meant thousands of people are going through their garages, cupboards...
Regional birth choices – how far do we have to go?
Health & Wellbeing
Felicie Vahcon is over halfway through her second pregnancy, she had a cesarean section for her last birth and is aiming for a vaginal birth this time around. She also lives in a rural area and, like most women, wants to have control over who is caring for her throughout her pregnancy and birth. "I just don't understand it -...
Good times and opportunities knock for Eden youth this Thursday!
Community
Twenty-seven-year-old William Sharples, of Merimbula, agrees with a smile that he was "probably" a disengaged youth a mere few years ago. But a passion for video game development and coding, along with the appearance of a few key mentors has meant William has spent the last few years teaching youth, applying for grants, public speaking and generally being engaged in...
Moruya campaign builds strong girls and women, now and for future
Health & Wellbeing
When Kimberli Eke started teaching health classes as part of the physical education program at Moruya High School in 2006, she noticed that she enjoyed teaching the self-esteem components of the curriculum and that the kids were keen, because the issues were relatable. "But two or three lessons weren't enough - self-esteem and confidence affect your whole life," Kimberli says....
Everyone needs to be at Pambula’s Rainbow Wave Festival – April 13
Community
What do you do if you grew up in the Bega Valley with the dawning realisation that you might be gay and fought isolation and bullying only to move back as an adult to find things haven't changed as much as you'd like? If you are Headspace peer worker Carly McDonald, you decide it's high time that some of the...
Got Lantana? Tackle it with FREE help from Eurobodalla Shire Council
Environment
Eurobodalla Shire Council is calling on landowners around Narooma to take advantage of assistance to manage Lantana before funding runs out and while the weed is growing vigorously - making herbicide more effective. "It's a good time to spray right now and sometimes that window is pretty short," Council’s Environment Project Officer Mitchell Jarvis says, "especially on rocky, sunny slopes,...
Old Tom to get a new home with $$$ for Eden Killer Whale Museum
News
The iconic Eden Killer Whale Museum will soon boast two new gallery areas and storage space that will "be full in no time" according to chairman Jack Dickenson, with help from a $640,000 Federal Government grant. The two new galleries will be built as extensions to the current museum and one will likely house the museum's most famous resident (and perhaps the town's)...
“Not just another choir concert” – Timor-Leste fundraiser bridges cultures
Arts & Culture
The Bega Valley Advocates for Timor-Leste will hold a fundraiser show, "One Night in Timor-Leste" on Friday (29 March) at Mumbulla School Hall, building on the $10,000 they have raised so far. Their goal is $65,000 to bring a Timorese choir to Australia in 2020. The evening will include a performance by the Bega-based Belun-Malu Choir, the latest incarnation of...
40 metre flying fox coming to Cobargo!
Community
An injection of funding to upgrade small-town parks around the Bega Valley has been met with vigorous community involvement, especially by a group of parents in Cobargo, who have been working with Council on ways to up the 'wow' factor of their local park. Apex Park in Cobargo, Memorial Park in Wyndham, Bicentennial Park in Bemboka and Lions Park in...
From Murrah to Guernsey for Patrick Dickson and ‘Victor Ego’
Arts & Culture
Murrah-based actor Patrick Dickson has a very familiar face. He could be your friend's dad. Or your son's friend. Maybe someone you used to work with? Dickson laughs as he explains his familiarity to the Australian public, "I was the reason Pippa left in 'Home and Away' and I was Sigrid Thornton's ex-husband who happened to be bonking her sister...
Sapphire Snappers – for the love of people, place, and photos
Arts & Culture
Bega Valley photography group, The Sapphire Snappers, recently celebrated two years of casual monthly gatherings also known as 'Instameets,' where amateur photographers meet, take pictures and share their best work on Instagram. One of the group's founding members, Jason Guthrie says Snappers was inspired by the positive response he and others were getting after posting pictures on Instagram and decided they...
Another step forward in a clean energy future for the Bega Valley
News
Between 350-400 people in Bega last night unanimously voted for 100% renewable energy for the Bega Valley by 2030. The vote, initiated by local climate change action group Clean Energy for Eternity (CEFE), follows a similarly unanimous vote and public meeting in Tathra on February 19. CEFE Founder, Dr Matthew Nott said that the results of both meetings will be taken...
Candelo collaboration – The New Graces launch tonight!
Arts & Culture
It's a Candelo collaboration that makes so much sense - it's hard to believe it hasn't happened sooner! Independently acclaimed musicians Kate Burke, Robyn Martin and Melanie Horsnell have banded together as The New Graces and will perform their first gig as a trio tonight (March 15) at the Candelo Town Hall. "We've been on stage together quite a bit over...
Bega Valley refugee signs to stay – “We won’t bow down to vandals”
News
The Bega Valley's 'Welcome Refugees and Asylum Seekers' signs will stay, following a 6 - 3 vote by Councillors. Deputy Mayor Mitchell Nadin brought a motion to remove the orange metal signs to yesterday's meeting. "It would seem the community is divided on the issue; since the signs were installed they have been damaged, vandalised and even one sign has...
Youth Frontiers seeking adult mentors in Bega Valley after Batemans Bay success
Community
A government-run program, Youth Frontiers, delivered by the Young Women's Christian Association , has found a home on the Far South Coast after widespread success across northern and southern NSW and as close as Batemans Bay. Program coordinator Jodie Stewart says that her initial foray into local high schools has been met with enthusiasm by the program's target audience -...
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