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How Malua Bay united post fires: angels don’t always have wings
Since the New Year’s Eve bushfire fronts passed through Malua Bay and surrounding areas, residents from Batemans Bay through to Broulee have largely been without power, hot water, internet and mobile signal. Street groups have been sharing resources such as gas stoves, generators, food and ice, and trying to keep each other informed as they drive to higher places to...
Singed Sisters almost a sell out as lessons of bushfire are shared
Bushfire is such an ever-present fear and risk across Southern NSW and the ACT. The experience of those who have been through such an experience is priceless to those who have not. Do you know what you would do or how you would react? And then comes the recovery and the rebuilding of lives and homes. Learning the lessons from...
The oldest songbird in the world on stage in Malua Bay and beyond
Residents living on the edge of forests around Malua Bay are lucky to hear lyrebirds singing their hearts out. A recent close encounter prompted me to find out more about my feathered neighbours. Armed with my smartphone, I have spent many hours creeping in the forest near home to track down this elusive singer. I found several lyrebird mounds surprisingly...
Take your reading habit out with e-books and audiobooks
Leigh Sales reminds us it's OK to be a “smart, well-read and nice person”. She was speaking about her popular podcast with Annabel Crabb, Chat 10 Looks 3, where books are an essential part of the chat. But how do we make time for reading in our often hectic schedules? Donna Lawrence, team leader at Moruya Library is excited at...
Donna’s dream: the cutest vintage shop on the South Coast
When Lakeside Vintage at Burrill Lake opened its doors in August 2016, Donna Hill was over the moon. It was a dream many years in the making. At the age of 25, Donna found herself with no home and no means of support as a first-time Mum to a premature baby. She lived in her car until she could find...
“Stop importing rubbish chipboard furniture” – Ulladulla’s Denise Joy
Arts & Culture
Shabby chic sea change style with a distinctly Australian vintage feel characterises Dee's Funk 'n' Junk shop in Ulladulla. Vintage, retro and 'grungescent' décor is arranged in vignettes that use every last centimetre of the old shed that contains the shop's treasures. Music from a vintage collection of LPs for sale is always playing in the shop, setting the atmosphere...
An Open Letter to Catherine McGregor AM
Dear Catherine, Thanks for being the opening speaker for the Festival of Open Minds held in Bega last Friday on the first day of Spring. You left us feeling a sense of deepest honour and respect for baring your heart and life to us. Ian Campbell nailed it when he said that you opened our hearts as well as our...