Arts & Culture

A sharp focus on the blur of war – Braidwood painter Kate Stevens
Arts & Culture
Braidwood Painter Kate Stevens has won the inaugural $50,000 Evelyn Chapman Art Award with work that was painted using drone footage over Gaza. The Evelyn Chapman Art Award is presented to an Australian painter, male or female under 45. The Award is given to support a young Australian painter by furthering their art education both in knowledge and artistic practice...
Moruya’s grand new arts space just 100 days out from opening
Arts & Culture
The frame is up and walls are going in at the new Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre, under construction next to Moruya Library. With just 100 days to go until the official opening, the centre affectionately known as ‘the Bas’ is taking shape. Outside the building works, the heart and soul of the place is ready to bloom. Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Creative Arts Coordinator,...
Young talent time at Four Winds Bermagui this weekend
Arts & Culture
A palpable sense of excitement is building around the inaugural Four Winds Youth Music Festival this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (November, 16,17,18). Schools from along the Eurobodalla and Bega Valley coast are in the final stages of preparation and rehearsal for performances shaped and crafted over months. Friday's lunchtime concert in the Sound Shell at Four Winds will be a celebration of...
Braidwood remembers fallen with world-wide pipe tribute
Community
As part of a world-wide simultaneous tribute to the centenary of Armistice Day, Braidwood’s Chris Nelson played the old pipe tune "When the battles O'er" from the tower of St Andrew’s Anglican Church. Around 2000 pipers participated in the international commemoration marking the end of World War One. The Australian participation at 5 pm (Australian Eastern Summer Time), coincided with...
Eurobodalla kids use their voice to inspire better choice
Arts & Culture
Eurobodalla locals are being asked to brush up on the “dos and don'ts” of recycling during National Recycling Week. Audits from Waste Management Australia show that in the last financial year more than 4,500 tonnes were collected in the Shire's kerbside recycling, which Council says significantly helps reduce what gets sent to landfill. Council’s Acting Waste Manager, Adam Patyus says Eurobodalla...
Numbugga’s William Smith one of many we stop to remember
News
Today (November 11) is Remembrance Day when we’re urged to stop at 11 am in memory of those who died and suffered in all wars and conflicts and to remember the impact that their service has had on those left at home. Significantly, 2018 is the centenary of the signing of the Armistice, the formal agreement made between the Allies...
Majors Creek Festival beats for 25th year – THIS WEEKEND
Arts & Culture
The village of Majors Creek will host the 25th Annual music festival this weekend - November 9, 10 and 11. The Majors Creek Festival (formerly called Music at The Creek), has a full programme of performances, workshops, discussions, dance and creative sessions. Over the weekend you can get involved, or just watch, at the Poets Breakfasts, Clog Dancing, Scandinavian Guitar,...
Beware the cult of the Digger as War Memorial takes pride of place
Opinion
When the new expanded Australian War Memorial opens in about a decade's time, Director Brendan Nelson will be able to declare 'mission accomplished'. His achievement at securing nearly half a billion dollars over nine years to redevelop the AWM with bipartisan support is astounding, especially in a climate of budget uncertainty and ongoing cuts to other national cultural institutions in Canberra....
Stately Jeir home wins HIA’s top award for Southern Highlands builder
Property
Ageless, stately, elegant. This rural home in Jeir, north of the ACT in wine country has been designed and built to stand the test of time. The effort from Southern Highlands builder Quality Country Homes was rewarded with the Home of the Year award from the Housing Industry Association ACT and Southern NSW at its annual awards on Saturday night....
Timeless elegance of Rolls Royce within reach
News
Sinking into the creamy leather back seat of a Rolls Royce, Rob Evans searches for a pair of picnic tables. The principal of online auctioneers Allbids Fyshwick, Rob finds a clue in the Silver Spur model’s two seats in front of him. He gently unfolds two small tables - the picnic tables - with varnished timber tops. Gleaming in the...
Cooma – Yamaga sister city bond deepens with 2018 delegation
Community
Cooma's sister city bond with the Japanese city of Yamaga is on display this week. Locals will notice a Japanese delegation in town, as the Cooma Lions Club steps up once again to play host of this bi-annual exchange. The group of 27 high school students and eight adults arrived on Sunday (November 4) for a busy 6-day program that...
Hermits band together to be crowned national busking champions in Cooma
Arts & Culture
With an eclectic mix of instruments and sounds, the Haystack Mountain Hermits will return home to Queensland as this year’s Australian National Busking champions. Hundreds of spectators gathered in Cooma’s Centennial Park for the national finals concert with the Hermits declared Australia’s best buskers. The family-band from Tamborine Mountain on the Gold Coast wowed audiences on Sunday with their gypsy...
Gillian Triggs ‘Speaking Up’ in Bega
Podcast
Gillian Triggs has made a rallying call for the freedoms we take for granted to be safeguarded during her Friday (November 2) night lecture in Bega. With the doors of the Bega High School theatre wide open to catch any passing zephyr, Triggs started a conversation just as hot as the day had been. As President of the Australian Human Rights Commission...
Festival of Open Minds Podcast – Jo Dodds, from the front line of climate and fire
Podcast
Vimy Ridge resident and Bega Valley Shire Councilor, Jo Dodds strongly believes climate change is at play in her community, she points to the bushfires of March 18 that ripped through her community at Tathra. Sixty-five homes were lost on that day, Jo's home was very lucky not to be one of them. Her appeal to the Prime Minister in...
Whale watching pioneers hoping for fireworks at Eden Whale Festival
Community
Ros and Gordon Butt are about to enjoy their first Eden Whale Festival as spectators rather than as busy tour operators aboard Cat Balou. The new owners of this famous Eden vessel will be on the water this year instead, hoping to thrill visitors. For the first time, Ros and Gordon, who are pioneers of whale watching in New South Wales...
Kalaru nails new Halloween tradition, informs discussion, builds community
Community
Like it or loathe it Halloween is increasingly becoming part of what young Australian families do on October 31. One Bega Valley community has trialed a way of managing the American side of this tradition that answers some of the concerns parents have and brings the community together; it appears to have been a success. The residents of Kalaru, between Bega and...
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