Arts & Culture

Festival of Open Minds program released – got your tickets yet?
Arts & Culture
The Festival of Open Minds looks to reawaken the art of civil debate and conversation on complex issues, experiences, and ideas. Hate, fear, and aggression have become part of disagreement, on September 1 at the Bega Civic Centre we aspire to increase understanding, share credible information, and perhaps agree to disagree. A dynamic program of speakers has been assembled for this TEDx style...
Truffles – adding value to farm income and Canberra Region economy
Arts & Culture
There's black gold in them thar hills, and now we've got the figures to prove it. A decade on from the Canberra truffle industry's early days, Truffle Festival tourism is now worth around $8 million per annum to the region, according to research commissioned by local producers. There are more than 10,000 truffle tourists each year, and they'll spend up...
Tennis courts resurfaced, showground pavilion makeover and new school playground as NSW Government hands out funds
Community
Over the last few days, Member for Monaro John Barilaro has announced government funding of $610,000 to refurbish and revamp tennis courts, a showground pavilion and a school playground. Berridale Public School's tennis courts will be resurfaced, the Cooma showground pavilion is set to have a major makeover and students at Cooma North Public School will have their very own new playground...
Boomerang Bags help in Goulburn’s war on waste
Arts & Culture
With Australians using around five billion plastic bags annually and less than 4 per cent recycled, Goulburn’s Boomerang Bags is doing its bit to save the environment - one bag at a time. The Goulburn group is part of a national grassroots, environmental movement that sews and distributes material bags as an alternative to plastic bags. So far, it’s handed...
From the garage to the capital, Bega Valley artists challenge the idea of ‘ability’
Arts & Culture
Canberra is getting a taste of the colour, pride, and free spirit of the Bega Valley's long-running 'Art in the Garage' program. The ability of artists like Joye Umback and Miriam Kydd shines brightly through the works currently on display at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre (TAC), its the type of talent and skill Tulgeen Disability Services has been fostering in...
Festival of Open Minds extends to Friday night film screening
What's On
The Festival of Open Minds has been inspired by a regional community that values shared conversation, personal reflection, the wisdom of experience, and FUN! A dynamic program of speakers has been assembled for Saturday, September 1 at the Bega Civic Centre, a TEDx style event that will have people talking. Inspired by the building momentum around the event, Iain Dawson,...
Narooma Lions & Merimbula Diggers highlight need for MND research
Sport
The Aussie Rules community in the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla will come together on Saturday (August 18) to remember two men who had a love for the game and their clubs and battled bravely with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). The Narooma Lions play host to the Merimbula Diggers; the footie will be the backdrop to an all-day fundraising event for the Fight...
‘Play On!’ at Cooma Little Theatre, August 17 to September 1
Arts & Culture
Out of the depths of a Snowy Monaro winter, Cooma Little Theatre (CLT) is promising you a belly laugh with their next production, Rick Abbott's - ‘Play On!’ A play within a play, this is the story of an amateur theatre company putting on a drama performance and in short, things go wrong. The hilarious story revolves around the maddening interference from a...
More twists and turns in the future of Eden’s Hotel Australasia
News
The long history of the Hotel Australasia on Eden's main street has taken another twist, with the future of the derelict but much-loved watering hole again in limbo. Negotiations around the sale and restoration of the 113-year-old building were progressing with the successful tenderer -  Irisha and Rubycove Pty Ltd, but seemed to end abruptly late last month with Bega...
Volunteer Grants open now for groups in Southern NSW
Community
Community organisations across Southern NSW work hard at pulling precious dollars together in order to support projects and services in towns and villages from Batemans Bay to Wonbyn, to Delegate, Tumut and Bredbo. Sauage sizzles, trivia nights, and raffles tickets go a long way but the real honey for volunteers is securing a government grant. Senator Jim Molan is encouraging local...
Local heroes to shine during Bega Valley Science Week
What's On
The Bega Valley’s growing scientific community is stepping up and stepping out to celebrate National Science Week. The Sapphire Coast Regional Science Hub will oversee an extraordinary program of experiments, displays and mind tingling fun at the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre. One of the national themes this year is ‘Game Changers and Change Makers’ referring to individuals, teams, technologies,...
Canberra NatureMapr idea grows to include Shoalhaven and Eurobodalla
Environment
The gentle wafts of spring will soon start to move through the ACT and Southern NSW and nature will stir from it's frozen slumber and once again dazzle our senses. The growth and spread of a Canberra inspired mobile phone App will help capture nature's work this coming season and build local scientific knowledge. Aaron Clausen is the passion and brains behind NatureMapr:...
Iconic Yass Royal Hotel receives makeover and name change but retains its historic charm
Community
When business partners Fraser Haughton and Chris Cornforth first visited Yass, they were instantly charmed by the town's sense of community, spectacular scenery and its laid-back country lifestyle. When they heard the Royal Hotel was on the market, the pair were excited by the opportunity to inject new life into the historical, iconic pub. In recent months, the duo from Harvest...
Toad and Mandy, our region’s newest celebrities talk to About Regional
Community
Two down-to-earth dairy farmers from Candelo, south-west of Bega, have became the region’s newest celebrities when they won House Rules – a “life-changing” event which has given them a healthy bank balance and a fully renovated home. Last Monday night, Toad and Mandy took out the grand final win in the sixth season of Channel Seven’s hit program, House Rules...
Cool country concert to rock Mona Farm
What's On
Braidwood is set for an influx of country music aficionados this weekend as a significant line-up of performers swing into town for Country Rocks Under the Stars. Bungendore music promoter Mick Bond is bringing the concert to Mona Farm, on the edge of Braidwood. The gracious grounds of the historic property will see three days of live music performed by...
SHOUT OUT – more story tellers needed for About Regional
Community
In the last two and bit years, the demand for news, stories, and information via About Regional has increased dramatically. Proudly, About Regional has presented different viewpoints, deeper stories, and more colour from across South East NSW, taking in the Eurobodalla, Bega Valley, and Snowy Monaro. It's been demanding but richly rewarding. The time has come to share the load,...
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