Colouring for change in Cooma, lead by local teens
Arts & Culture
High school students from Cooma have combined with a locally based, online fashion house in a colourful approach to tackling family violence. The idea of a workplace 'Colourathon' is being trialed at Birdsnest in Cooma, with female students from Monaro High School preparing to launch the idea nationally in November. New 'Colourathon for Corporates' kits come packed with everything a business...
Postcard 3 from Timor Leste – Balibo and Ego Lemos. By Tim Holt
Arts & Culture
I wake before 6am to the sounds of the Sisters and the congregation singing during early morning prayers. The beauty of their voices and harmonies is mesmerising, an absolute joy to experience... The day dawns overcast, hot & sticky. The temperature hovers around 34 degrees during the day dipping to just 24 overnight. So I have no complaint about the...
Research about Aboriginal society is not news to this Moruya audience
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News this week that Aboriginal people reached Australia at least 65,000 years ago won't come as a surprise to those who saw Mallacoota based writer Bruce Pascoe speak in Moruya last April. Research out of new excavations of a rock shelter at the base of the Arnhem Land escarpment in the Northern Territory has pushed back estimates of human arrival on...
Festival of Daring Possibilities asks – What if? Big picture thinking in Bega.
Arts & Culture
The 'Festival of Daring Possibilities' at the Funhouse in Bega has asked people to think big and solicited ideas that lead to new solutions and attitudes. In stimulating the discussion, Funhouse founder, Cayce Hill said, "It's the people not like us that make us grow." Cayce urging her audience of 30 people or more to inspire each other with their...
Postcard 2 from Timor Leste, touch down in Dili. By Tim Holt
Arts & Culture
The Air North flight from Darwin to Dili can take 76 passengers and it’s a full house. Two Australian school groups and their teachers, all bubbling with excitement for the adventure that lies ahead. One group is bearing gifts of ukuleles, fourteen in all. I imagine a Timorese ukulele orchestra in the making. We land in Dili a little after...
Podcast 16 – Cooma’s Charly Thorn, the talk of the town.
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Welcome to About Regional – a new place for the stories of South East NSW. This podcast is brought to you by Julie Rutherford Real Estate at Bermagui, Doug Reckord, Wendy Gorton and Shan Watts – thanks for your support. About Regional Memberships are now open and come packed with perks! Charly Thorn is the talk of the town, not...
Feminism forum looks for local relevance and perspective
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An open forum later this month is looking to find a local perspective and relevance around ‘Feminism in the 21st Century’. It's a topic that I instinctively pull away from but strangely am drawn to at the same time. The women who lead these discussions continue to throw up modern experiences I struggle to identify with but none the less...
Batemans Bay pitches to a future as the State points to a pot of gold
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Batemans Bay's seaside location is guiding a vision for the town's future, with the Business and Tourism Chamber inspiring a plan that includes floating pontoons in the CBD and a pier off Hanging Rock for cruise ships to pull up alongside. Lead by newish president David Maclachlan, the Chamber is making the most of the State Government's pitch for big ideas that...
River Cottage Australia @ Central Tilba sold! Meet the new owner
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The new owner of the River Cottage Australia property at Central Tilba on the New South Wales Far South Coast is a 36-year-old single builder from Sydney looking for a place to put roots down and call home. Tristan Diethelm says he is comfortable with the price he paid for the famous TV set but wouldn't reveal the final figure....
Postcard 1 from Timor Leste, by Tim Holt 
Arts & Culture
Tim Holt has been a passionate advocate for the people of Timor Leste (East Timor) since before I knew him. Tim and I share a love and skill for radio and worked together at ABC South East for nine years until Tim's 'retirement' at Christmas in 2015. Between 8:30 and 11:00am five days a week, Tim served up a dynamic...
Young Far South Coast ‘SongMakers’ craft new tunes at The Crossing
Arts & Culture
Bushland on the Bermagui River has been the setting for an artistic collaboration between local teens and two of Australia's most talented people. Thelma Plum and Jean-Paul (JP) Fung last week led 16 senior students from Bega, Narooma, and Eden High Schools in a two-day music and song retreat at The Crossing. Thelma is an Indigenous singer-songwriter from northern New South Walse,...
Podcast 15 – Refugee Week in South East NSW with ANU Professor of Diplomacy
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Refugee Week is being marked around the region, the theme is a clever play on words borrowed from our national anthem - “With courage let us all combine.” The aim of the week is to celebrate the contribution refugees make to Australian society and to ultimately build a better understanding between different communities. A range of cultural, social, and advocacy...
Daniel Champagne goes back to school ahead of his tour of South East NSW and the ACT
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Class five at Mumbulla School in Bega played host to a star from their alumni today (June 14, 2017) ahead of a big gig at the school on Saturday night. https://vimeo.com/221558093 Over the next week, Daniel Champagne will also play in Braidwood, Jindabyne, Nowra, Canberra, and Sydney, check his website for ticket info. Thanks for tuning in, the craft of video editing is new,...
About Regional presents TEDx Sydney in Bega – get your tickets here!
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TEDx Sydney is the leading platform for promoting Australian ideas, creativity, and innovation to the rest of the world, and this year Bega gets a front row seat. TED is a not for profit organisation devoted to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’, you might be familiar with TED Talks - a global video and podcast sensation. These talks of between 5 and...
Eurobodalla Citizens Jury – $100,000, 86 recommendations. Worthwhile?
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Is Council spending your money on the right things? If not, what should it change? That was the question put to the Eurobodalla Citizens Jury, a group of 28 randomly selected residents. Starting in June 2016, the Citizens Jury reported back to Council in December making a wide range of recommendations from business development to land use to the role of the...
Big kids launch new Cooma playground
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Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro, John Barilaro got a chance to goof off today (May 26) with the official opening of Stage 1 of the Cooma Lions Park upgrade. Mr Barilaro left talk of nuclear power, council amalgamations, and the sale of Snowy Hydro behind as he tested the park's new flying fox with Snowy Monaro Administrator, Dean Lynch....
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