Arts & Culture

Bermagui start-up joins global tech giants in anti-encryption protest
News
A Bega Valley start-up has joined global technology giants in criticising the anti-encryption laws passed during the last sitting of Federal Parliament for 2018. Under the banner of the Reform Government Surveillance (RGS) coalition, companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google, Dropbox, Evernote and Twitter have slammed the new laws. In a statement earlier this month, the group said, "RGS has consistently...
Good Music for Positive Change
Arts & Culture
Aspiring artist Gemanuelle Magpantay has the potential to be one of Canberra’s next biggest artists! Her sweet, sultry vocals and R&B/soul flair have garnered her some significant recognition in the nation's capital. But what makes this local talent so special is that she that she loves to use her music to uplift people and for positive change in the world....
A celebration of the Australian Alps by Monaro photographer Craig Lewis
Arts & Culture
An intrepid Monaro based photographer and publisher has captured the Winter of 2018 in the Snowy Mountains in a book that is ready to cool the Summer of the same year. 'Alpine Australia – A Celebration of the Australian Alps' not only portrays the stunning high country of New South Wales but that of Victoria as well. Kybeyan based Craig Lewis...
Feeling good about sustainable hemp clothing from Michelago!
Environment
It's a gentle summer afternoon and beneath the dappled light of tall trees, an old blue touring caravan is parked. It's the home of Spirit Natural clothing, the brainchild of a budding entrepreneur whose vision for a gentler, more sustainable world is underpinned by some hard-headed research into how to make it happen. Tom Osborne from Michelago may look like...
New life injected into proposed Narooma Arts & Community Centre
Arts & Culture
  Plans for a new arts and community centre in Narooma are live again with the town's creators keen to see the idea progress. "Narooma needs it" was the general consensus at a recent community meeting. The Narooma School of Arts is leading the way, presenting preliminary designs and plans for land next to the historic Kinema. Spokesperson Laurelle Pacey says the volunteer...
Liberal faithful gather to laud Howard legacy at MoAD
Arts & Culture
Not only lauded as a hero for modern Liberals, it seems that John Howard is also a true believer, at least to the extent that he and Scott Morrison both think that the government will win the next Federal election. It was very much an event for true believers of all kinds this week as the Howard Library at the...
Recasting Captain Cook: the Library takes a First Nations view
Arts & Culture
Australia is filled with reminders of Captain James Cook and his voyages. But when Alberta Hornsby gazes at a map of the Endeavour River in Far North Queensland, or a long list of names and words, the Guugu Yimithirr elder hears voices murmuring in her own tongue, sees other faces than that of the famed navigator. She sees her own people....
Rural lifestyle, big impact: Tony Dean makes art for your hip pocket
Arts & Culture
You might have to squint to see it but on the top right-hand side of the Armistice Day centenary two dollar coin,  is a tiny initial: TD. Bega-based designer Tony Dean (AKA TD) has had the pleasure of putting his initials on two circulating two dollar coins in a series of five coloured Remembrance Day coins. His first design, inspired...
Canberra Show slashes ticket prices as part of bid to revive event
Arts & Culture
Organisers of the Royal Canberra Show have slashed ticket prices for next year as part of an opening gambit to arrest declining attendances and revive the struggling event. Tickets will be 30 per cent cheaper than this year, with a further 20 per cent discount if purchased online, as well as $5 a day for school students. The Royal National...
A safe journey to Moruya’s youth – Walawaani Garindja
Community
What started as a safe place for local youth to hang out and grab a free feed has become so much more. Every Wednesday afternoon as many as 36 kids, ranging from age five to 16 years, gather at the Gundary Oval clubhouse to share Aboriginal culture, engage positively with community leaders and police, and learn a few life skills....
Pialligo Estate shares their secrets to a perfectly glazed Christmas Ham
Health & Wellbeing
Glazed ham has long been a Christmas tradition in many Australian households and for good reason! If you get it right, the glossy, glistening ham with its irresistible, shiny, lacquered finish makes a spectacular centrepiece. When carved, it reveals the juicy pink meat below, ready to feed a hungry crowd. But how do you ensure you nail it every time?...
“We want to see a Jindabyne that copes with future growth and thrives on it for decades to come.”
News
“We want to hear about how we can create a fantastic place all year round for the Jindabyne community and the town’s many visitors," says Lee Shearer APM, who is leading the NSW Government's Go Jindabyne Masterplan. Ms Shearer and her team of planners and architects will be in Jindabyne on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (December 4 to 6) for a...
Letters to Santa via Cooma Lions Club
Arts & Culture
Cooma Lions Club are again acting as 'Santa's Little Helper' ensuring that letters from the children of Cooma and the Snowy Monaro get to the big fella before Christmas. Kids should write their letters, addressed to 'Santa at the North Pole' and drop them into Cooma and district post offices. No postage stamp is required, instead, local post offices have set...
Constance says Pambula Preschool is secure on current site
News
The Member for Bega says the lease concerns surrounding Pambula Preschool are progressing towards resolution. As reported by Region Media last week, the Pambula Preschool committee was frustrated and fearful for it's future following five-year's of protracted "legal limbo" with the NSW Government. Spokesperson Glenn Merrick said what should have been a very simple lease renewal with NSW Crown Lands...
“Hands off Anzac Hall” – Australian Institute of Architects
Property
A Canberra architecture community was deeply shocked when news first broke of plans to demolish Anzac Hall. Surely, this was a mistake, as there had been limited consultation with the community and no consultation with the moral rights holders – the architects who designed the award-winning building – nor with the Australian Institute of Architects. Less than a week later,...
Bega Valley ‘Bands Together’ to help farmers in Central West NSW
News
A bunch of Bega Valley locals have headed west to bring good times, support, and hope to drought-affected communities around Parkes. The Band Together Farmers concert (November 17) comes from the same crew that rocked and re-energised Tathra with Band Together after the March 18 bushfires. Led by former police officer Darren Jones, the local crew also included Jess Ryan, Peter...
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