An “uneasy confidence” wins rich Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award
Arts & Culture
Marcus Callum has beaten an outstanding collection of finalists to win the 2018 Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award. Mr Callum, who trained in Sydney and New York, is a three-time Archibald Prize finalist and won the Black Swan Portrait Prize in 2015. His oil on linen creation entitled ‘Meg’ was singled out from a strong field of 35 finalists by...
Swimming and singing 3 years away for new Batemans Bay centre
News
Eurobodalla Mayor, Liz Innes says she is “beyond exciting” at news, the Federal Government will tip $25 million into the Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre project. “It’s not in the bank yet, we’ve still got a step to go, but this is more than promising,” Cr Innes says. Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis announced the breakthrough from New...
Bega Valley Innovation Hub launches October 29 – come & see the future?
Community
The drive and momentum of the Bega Valley Innovation Hub is about to crystallise with the launch of this dynamic new frontier in the local economy. Business people, entrepreneurs, school students, anyone is invited to the launch on October 29 at the Bega Civic Centre. This long-held ambition of the local tech and entrepreneur community really started to take off...
It’s back to the 80’s to build a Funhouse future in Bega
Arts & Culture
Two Bega Valley organisations known for good times are combining this Saturday (October 20) for the ultimate eighties dance party. "Pump Up The Heat is a party with a twist. There will be DJs and dancing, a little bit of competition and plenty of awesome eighties moves," says dance teacher Mica Lynnah. The night is a joint effort between the...
Cooma’s Charly Thorn back at FASHFEST with Cuban-inspired collection
Arts & Culture
When Charly Thorn was just 17 years of age, she presented her first full fashion collection on the runway at FASHFEST—the youngest designer to ever do so in the capital’s annual fashion event. One of her gowns was worn by supermodel Anneliese Seubert and guests were so impressed with Charly’s fashion they gave her a standing ovation. "It’s a moment...
Big picture thinker puts his talents to use at home in Goulburn
Community
From Goulburn’s ‘Dirty Reds’ Rugby Union Club to the Rocky Hill Musical Theatre Company, Chris Gordon doesn’t stand back from injecting his considerable aptitude into the mix. Yet when he was awarded the Lilac City Festival Achiever of the Year recently, ‘Gordo’ as he’s known, was typically humbled. It’s this blend of talent and community facilitation that’s put Chris on...
Eight new playgrounds to come for Snowy Monaro families
Arts & Culture
Snowy Monaro families have two new playgrounds to explore with eight more to come! The Bombala Playground, next to the Bombala Caravan Park and Nijong Ninja Park on Barrack Street, Cooma are now open and have been bursting with kids during the school holidays. Kids at the Bombala Playground, have shrieked with joy as they have whizzed along the new...
Festival of Open Minds Podcast – Linda Burney MP
Podcast
Linda Burney was elected the federal Member for Barton in 2016, following a 14-year career in the NSW Parliament as Member for Canterbury. Linda began her career as a teacher in western Sydney and then as an education bureaucrat before being appointed Director General of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs in 2000. During her state political career, she served as...
“Winning the Shirley Hannan would be a dream come true” – Bermagui’s Bethany Thurtell
Arts & Culture
Four local artists have been selected as finalists in the nation’s most loved and richest realistic portrait prize the $50,000 Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award. Thirty-five finalist in total have been chosen from a record number of entrants from across the country. Bega Valley Regional Gallery Director, Iain Dawson, praised the quality of entries. “This year’s entries were our strongest...
Architects appointed to Batemans Bay Aquatic and Arts Centre
Arts & Culture
Close to 100 community groups will soon be invited to work with the Sydney-based architects commisioned to design the new Batemans Bay Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre at Mackay Park. NBRS Architecture has won the prestigious job with Eurobodalla Shire Council and will partner with Donovan Payne Architects, who are specialists in aquatic and sporting facilities. Council says, NBRS Architecture, which recently...
Comedian Urzila Carlson in Bega and Batemans Bay early November
What's On
South African/New Zealand comedian, Urzila Carlson has become a favourite on Australian TV comedy shows and she is coming to Bega and Batemans Bay with her brand new live show. A much-loved panellist on TV shows like 'Have You Been Paying Attention?', 'Hughesy, We Have a Problem', and 'The Project', Urzila's cheeky, straight up style will be a hit with her...
Women’s business blooms in the shadow of Gulaga at Tilba
Community
The rolling green hills of Tilba are known for many things. Settler history points to gold, timber, and dairy, even TV shows in recent times. Aboriginal history points to the healing power of this country especially the granite spires at the top of Gulaga, a place of deep spiritual significance to the Yuin People, a place for birthing and women's business....
Bombala playing host to iconic Australian characters – this week only
What's On
Some of Australia's most loved characters are spending the school holidays in Bombala. It's more than a century since May Gibbs' classic Australian characters found their way into the homes and hearts of kids and families. For many, it's hard not to look at a gum tree in bloom and see the brothers Snugglepot and Cuddlepie or the Gumnut Babies,...
Is the Big Tulip the next big thing in Australia?
Arts & Culture
The Sunshine Coast has the Big Pineapple, Coffs Harbour has the Big Banana and Goulburn has the Big Merino and now Mittagong in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales wants to claim the next big thing. Online travel site Wotif has launched a competition to decide on and gift Australia’s next ‘big thing’ and after a two-week nationwide search that...
Remote Snowy Mountains garden featured in new book ‘Gardens on the Edge’
Arts & Culture
A property in southern Monaro on the edge of Australia’s greatest engineering project, the Snowy Mountains Scheme, has been featured in a new book exploring 18 Australian gardens that are defined by extraordinary horizons. The 290-hectare Craigie Station owned by Normie and Jule Craig is included in Gardens on the Edge by gardening writer Christine Reid who unveils the story...
Festival of Open Minds Podcast – Zachary Sequoia, digital innovator and serial entrepreneur
Podcast
Zachary Sequoia is an innovator and serial entrepreneur who has worked within the digital technology industry since the mid-1990’s starting in San Francisco. For the last 20 years, he has worked for some of the world’s best known digital brands on three different continents. At the Festival of Open Minds, he urged his audience of around 300 people to embrace...
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