Arts & Culture

Cobargo blacksmith takes time to forge a bond with the public
Arts & Culture
When Philippe Ravenel was fourteen and growing up in the Swiss village of Trelex, he went to Southern France and saw a blacksmith plaiting metal. “I saw his work and thought: ‘that’s what I want to do," Ravenel says during an open forge at his Cobargo property known as Galba Forge. After completing four years at a trade school in...
How about a hotel among the gum trees at the National Arboretum?
Environment
A new hotel, cabins among the trees and 50 newly planted zig-zag gardens in the central valley of the National Arboretum are all coming closer as the site grows faster than a rogue willow tree. And that means that what began as a patchwork of forests is rapidly changing shape as it expands commercially. The hotel idea isn't a new...
“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...
Roll on out to Bowning on Sunday for the Rollonin Cafe’s Country Fair
What's On
The cries of 'Bail up! Bail up!' will resound across the Yass Valley heritage town of Bowning on the weekend when reenactments of a bushranger hold-up of a Cobb and Co coach punctuate the Rollonin Cafe's ninth Country Fair, in support of cancer charity CanAssist. The replica slab hut cafe built by Renata and Tony Ryan has helped put Bowning,...
‘Let’s get serious about protecting heritage’ – Goulburn Heritage Group
Arts & Culture
Goulburn is no lightweight when it comes to history, reflecting national and state-significant heritage themes – that’s not surprising for Australia’s first inland city. It’s a position that deserves dedicated heritage co-ordination, Doug Rawlinson from the Goulburn Heritage Group says. Just back from a 'reconnaissance' to Bathurst and Orange where heritage is the number one tourist attraction, Doug is adamant...
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...
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