Arts & Culture

“Pack the Pool” floats 50 metre option for Batemans Bay
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Batemans Bay locals have laid claim to the town's 50-metre swimming pool. The future of the aging facility on the Princes Highway south of the Batemans Bay bridge has been a sore point since late August when Eurobodalla Shire Council adopted a draft concept plan for a new 25-metre, year-round, enclosed aquatic centre. Aside from a 25-metre, eight-lane pool with ramp...
The Zen Warrior Princess lives on in friends and family and a 1992 Pulsar
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A group of friends from the Bega Valley have just set out on an outback rally adventure with the memory of another looming large over their odyssey. "Originally I'd signed up with my friend and colleague from Local Land Services Liz Clark," Brogo's local Olivia Forge says. "Not long after we'd signed up for the rally she was diagnosed with...
The medicine of music on the streets of Cooma – the Australian National Busking Championships
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The recent Australian National Busking Championships were more than a tourism and commerce promo for the Monaro. Sure, the tills were ringing, but for those who stopped to listen and watch the 180-odd performers dotted around Cooma’s CBD, something more valuable was at play – the joy and medicine of music. Despite the grandiose name, this year was the first...
Youth Stage at Cobargo Folk Festival turns 13 – entries open now for 2018
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The Crossing Youth Stage at the annual Cobargo Folk Festival has an impressive back-catalogue. Almost 700 young acts have entertained festival-goers and in 2018 the Youth Stage turns thirteen. Young people interested in performing and adding to the tradition are invited to apply online before December 10 to secure a place. "Because of the history and fun we've had over...
Rubbish resuscitated as art at the Eurobodalla’s ReVive Art Prize
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A tribute to an old friend, made of even older bits and pieces has won the Eurobodalla's recycled art prize  - ReVive 2107. Moruya’s Susan Bomball and her sculpture, “Bill” claimed the $4000 prize before a packed house at the Mechanic's Institute. "I was shocked, there is so much talent in there, I've never had people look at my work like this," Susan...
“Seeing my designs on the runway will drive me to do it again.”- Cooma’s Charly Thorn
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Cooma fashion designer Charly Thorn says she is happy to be sleeping in her own bed again after plying an international catwalk but is hungry for more. India is the next stop for this ambitious 18-year-old. The opportunity to leave her Snowy Monaro home was forged at FashFest in Canberra this time last year, an industry scout spotted Charly's talent and...
Bega’s Spiral Gallery goes to the dogs!
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Entries are now open for the “Year of the Dog” Open Art Prize at Bega's Spiral Gallery. Works representing cavorting canines, pampered pooches, faithful friends, and wonderful working dogs are all expected to mark their territory in the renowned Church Street art space between February 16 and March 14. There is a maximum of two works per artist with an entry...
Cooma MotorFest shines bright on a HUGE weekend
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My car sits in the driveway at home covered by dust day in day out, rain is the only thing that gets my Subaru sparkling. A couple of hours at Cooma MotorFest on Saturday (Nov 4) is not going to change that but it has left its mark. Brilliant blue Monaro skies backed the hard work of the Cooma Car...
Historic Bombala school given a future as part of the community
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Plans are underway to turn the Bombala Infants School into a place of learning again, with a safety net in place guaranteeing a positive outcome for the community. Locals were taken by surprise when an auction sign went up on the school's fence back in June. The site overlooking the town first opened as a place of learning in 1863. James Poulton,...
The Bega Valley’s ‘Shirl’ – changing the face of portraiture
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Melbourne based artist Samantha Sommariva AKA Misklectic and her portrait of performance artist Mossy is the winner of Australia’s only youth portrait prize, the $10,000 ‘The Shirl’. The Shirl is the little sister event to The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award that also attracts a significant cash prize. Both prizes are supported by the Bega Valley Regional Gallery’s patron Peter...
Merimbula twins to stage ‘Oprah the Opera’ in San Francisco
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Twin brothers from Merimbula have crafted a musical about one of the best-known and most influential women in the world, but its just one of a number of productions launching in 2018 for the Willis boys. 'Oprah the Opera' will open in San Francisco during the second half of 2018 and charts the life of America media proprietor, talk show host,...
Podcast 19 – Eurobodalla Youth Forum
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Some school holiday listening this time around. During Local Government Week recently, Eurobodalla Shire Council made space for the youth of the shire. Senior students from Carroll College and St Peter’s Anglican College at Broulee, and Batemans Bay High School were given time to address Council – including Mayor, Liz Innes and Deputy Mayor, Anthony Mayne. One of the Shire’s...
Podcast 18 – a local perspective on feminism in the 21st century
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In the depths of a Bega winter around 70 people turned out to the Bega Campus of the University of Wollongong to hear a local perspective on Feminism in the 21st Century. Local writers group Mnemosyne posed the question – ‘Is feminism still relevant?’ A lively discussion followed. Your host will introduce you to the panel and the meaning of...
Amazon suggests a ‘new type of farm’ for the Bega Valley
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Young local tech heads have been recognised by one of the world's biggest companies - Amazon. The shout out from Teresa Carlson, Vice President of Amazon Web Services (AWS) came at a recent conference in Canberra and signals the start of a relationship between the 427 U.S billion dollar company and the Bega Valley. Thirty-two IT students from Lumen Christi...
Small communities represented on new Snowy Monaro Regional Council
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Small towns have made their presence felt after the first flush of counting in the Snowy Monaro Regional Council election. Just over 10,200 of yesterday's votes have been counted at this point, with 11 new councillor positions to be decided from a field of 27 candidates. Former Bombala Mayor and grazier Bob Stewart has polled the most votes with 1,447, followed...
Pambula art activist fighting to restore Namatjira legacy
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Momentum has been building in recent months around a film called the 'Namatjira Project'. ABC Radio National and the countries big newspapers have been detailing the story behind the film on an almost weekly basis. A South East local has been one of those with her hands on the lever driving the campaign. It's a captivating tale involving one of Australia's...
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