About Lisa Herbert

Lisa Herbert is a freelance writer and content producer. She is interested in people and their passions, and the stories that describe and enhance our communities.

An ex-chef Lisa spends much of her time eating in cafés and restaurants and foraging for native foods around her bush home on the Sapphire Coast near Tathra.

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Seven crazy good coffee stops from Mogo to Narooma
Food & Wine
Jack and the Beanstore 2 Tomakin Rd, Mogo @jackandthebeanstore Poor old Mogo took a beating during the recent bushfires and a visit will certainly help lift local spirits. Just off the highway at 2 Tomakin Rd is a cute little retro Viscount caravan from 1963 serving good things like coffee created by friendly baristas from locally roasted beans. Mogo pies,...
Author events to showcase how we can all be heroes
Arts & Culture
There is a plethora of bookish events on in the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla around this Valentine’s Day: launches, student events, literary luncheons, talks and meet-the-author experiences in the local pub. Best-selling Bega Valley author Gabbie Stroud will launch her second book Dear Parents this week. Ms Stroud describes herself as a recovering teacher, having become disenchanted from years of...
A bittersweet announcement for Tathra’s two beloved cassowaries – Kyabram here they come
Community
Today is the first birthday celebration of Tathra's much loved southern cassowaries Gorge and Adelaide at On The Perch Bird Park. But the celebration was tinged with sadness, as owner Steve Sass also announced the name of the animal park these two dinosaur birds will be moving to when the park closes its doors this Friday. Kyabram Fauna Park has been chosen...
Blessed are the cheese makers, and the Tilba dairy queen will show you the whey
Food & Wine
Erica Dibden and her husband Nic run Tilba Real Dairy, deep in the green-hearted hills of Tilba, NSW. Erica, with her passion for nutrition and food provenance, has developed an intensive cheese-making workshop, which she runs in the kitchen of her farm's homestead, precisely where she taught herself these skills many years ago. As a wife and mother, Erica has...
Big-hearted operators and character accommodation drawing visitors back to the Far South Coast
Business
Tourists are being urged to visit our coastal towns, many of which were not impacted directly by recent bushfires. Over the following weeks, About Regional will bring you a rolling selection of the loveliest, most character-filled accommodation ideas for you to consider on the Sapphire and Eurobodalla Coasts. We know these big-hearted operators are ready to give you a fabulous,...
Sapphire opportunity: A historic homestead in glorious Pambula
Property
Offered for sale by Chris Wilson Real Estate of Eden, the stately and historic Grange Homestead is set on 13 glorious acres in South Pambula with unimpeded northerly vistas. Located at 5a Northview Drive, South Pambula, the estate looks across the Pambula River, over its fertile flatlands and beyond to Pambula's vibrant village on the far south coast of NSW....
Lose yourself, find yourself, distract yourself with top picks for summertime reading
Arts & Culture
From a horror-thriller set in colonial times, a retelling of early Christianity, to a nostalgic look at the love of grandparents, summertime has provided inspiration for the most discerning of readers. Some well-known names have also contributed to the summertime releases, including the likes of Ian McEwan – with a futuristic narrative on synthetic humans (involving a love triangle) – and Charlotte Wood – whose The...
Fires Update: Big Jack Mountain and Creewah fires upgraded to Watch and Act status
News
Ahead of high temperatures and significantly increased risk this weekend, the Big Jack Mountain fire near Rocky Hall was upgraded to Watch and Act at about 1pm. The Creewah fire was also upgraded to Watch and Act at about 2.15pm. Earlier today, Marty Webster of the Far South Coast RFS acknowledged that both fires have the potential to run and become...
Bega Valley, Snowy Monaro and Eurobodalla Shires bushfires: RFS says be prepared
News
Increased fire dangers are set to return over the coming days across Bega and Eurobodalla Shires. Residents are being warned that widespread very high and severe fire danger is forecast for parts of NSW, particularly in the south-east. A number of large fires continue to burn in these areas, so it's important that residents are prepared if a fire threatens....
Bega Valley Shire Council scraps proposed pools rate variation
News
At the first meeting for 2020, Bega Valley Shire Council has voted not to proceed with an application to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) for a Special Rate Variation (SRV) to fund the Shire’s six public swimming pools from 2020-21. Councillors today voted unanimously to abandon any further consideration of an SRV, along with deferring the adoption of...
Another South Coast treasure gone: Tathra’s Bird Park announces closure
Community
Steve Sass is a little sad. As we wander around his bird park, On the Perch, he tells me of the agonising decision he and wife Linda recently made to close their park. "We've been grappling with this since the March 2018 Tathra fire. Even though it sailed right past us, we lost birds then, from smoke, from stress and then from...
Major Fire Updates – Tuesday 28th January – Bega Valley, Snowy Monaro and Eurobodalla Shires
News
Fire Update for the Bega Valley, Snowy Monaro and Eurobodalla Shires, 28th January 2020. Please also keep yourself informed on the bush fire situation through the official channels listed below. Updates from Marty Webster (RFS): The dynamic weather set on the weekend will be unpredictable. On Thursday, temperatures will start to increase, with Friday and Saturday warmer again. North Easterley...
Defence Force makes their presence felt on and around the Far South Coast
Community
Around the Bega Valley it's been hard to miss the increase in air traffic, like the huge MRH 90 RAAF choppers moving personnel and equipment, turning the Old Bega Racecourse into a makeshift airfield. Manning the gate at the racecourse site is Private McCready, originally from Canberra. "From this position here in Bega we are servicing our engineers and teams...
Nethercote community meeting presents facts, reality and advice on the “beast in our backyard”
Community
As fires continue to burn along the coast from Bermagui to Batemans Bay, and into the Shoalhaven, a packed hall of Nethercote residents heard that resources remain understandably stretched across the state. And as coastal communities face months, not weeks of dealing with "this beast hanging around their backyards", the RFS has again come to the rescue, with timely advice...
Bushfire recovery centre open at Bega Civic Centre, your ‘one stop shop’ for assistance
Community
The Bega Valley’s Bushfire Recovery Centre is now open and located in the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre. The Recovery Centre, which is being managed by the NSW Department of Justice’s Office of Emergency Management in partnership with the Bega Valley Shire Council, is a ‘one-stop shop’, providing information and practical assistance to people affected by the bushfire emergency across...
Fire-hit small communities say they need help managing and distributing donations
News
Bodalla Community Hall has been set up as a food hub, and volunteers are busy receiving and delivering food. But the logistics of managing donations in a major disaster are huge for small communities like Bodalla and Quaama and they are calling for help. Local businesswoman Lisa Cornthwaite says that the volunteers need assistance from authorities to manage the situation and to...
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