Arts & Culture

John Williamson sings Vegemite again after Bega Cheese take over
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John Williamson has started singing 'Vegemite' again when performing his anthem 'True Blue' on the back of the $460 million Bega Cheese take over of the iconic spread. Part of the soundtrack of our nation for the last 35 years, 'True Blue' is a tune that stirs many Australian's out of their seat and into song. Often it's like someone...
High speeds match hot temperatures at Monaro Billy Kart Derby
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With squeals of family fun still hanging in the air from this year's event, organisers of the Monaro Billy Kart Derby have already locked in a date for next year's race. A hot, sunny day at Cooma Showground yesterday (January 22) attracted 34 entries for the second running of the Derby, ten more entries than last year. The only match...
About Regional – the podcast, episode six, January 19 2017
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About Regional, the podcast, January 19 2017. In episode six... The TV show River Cottage Australia has been mothballed, host Paul West gives us the inside story and speaks of his plans for the future. Read more HERE. Author Deb Hunt shares her amazing love story with a pilot from the Royal Flying Doctor Service, a man given up for...
About Regional – the podcast, episode five, December 14 2016
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About Regional - the podcast, episode five, December 14 2016 About Regional – a new place for the people and stories of South East NSW. The last program for 2016: *The Funhouse crowdfunding campaign succeeds; Bega gets a youth and community centre in 2017! Read more HERE. *Dr Matthew Nott, the founder of Clean Energy for Eternity says households in the...
Social justice the X-factor in Merimbula’s Joseph
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There is a certain civic duty sometimes that pushes you to attend a local event. Things only happen when people step up to make them happen, and in a regional community you want to see those people and their events succeed - people turning out is key. What a buzz, what a bonus when that local event blows your mind!...
About Regional – the podcast, episode 4, November 23 2016
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About Regional - the podcast, episode 4, November 23 2016 There’s a seaside feel to episode 4... Recorded at Guerilla Bay, just south of Batemans Bay, the day and the water were warm, it’s starting to feel like summer holiday time! In this program: *Tathra’s Indi Wood chats to us from Fiji about his aid work at a Lautoka radio...
ABC Radio National cuts Candelo’s musicians
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Over recent years, the town of Candelo has caught the attention of ABC Radio National presenters. Many of Candelo’s resident musicians, such as Heath Cullen, Melanie Horsnell, David Ross MacDonald (The Waifs), Robyn Martin, Pete Wild, Michael Menager, Sam Martin & Phil Moriarty (of Mikelangelo & the Black Sea Gents), and myself have all been featured on programs like ­The...
Cooma busking championships become truly national
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Cooma's annual busking festival is going national. For the last five years, the Australian National Busking Championships have been based on the Monaro. And while talent from across the nation has been drawn to the streets of Cooma to compete and take part, that claim of being a 'national championship' didn't carry the weight the name implies. That changes in 2017....
About Regional – the podcast, episode three, November 6 2016
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About Regional - the podcast, episode 3, November 6 2016 Thanks for clicking on, in this week’s program: A lesson in youth engagement from Cayce Hill from the Funhouse in Bega and a pitch for their Pozible campaign. They are chasing a year’s rent to expand on their dynamic program in 2017. Read more here. A snap from a literary lunch...
Bega asked to invest in a Funhouse future – $20,000 to go
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The push is on to secure the closest thing Bega might have ever had to a youth and community centre. The Funhouse on Hill Street has been operating for just a handful of months but in that time it has become a big feature in the lives of the growing community of people around it and a 'go to' resource...
Spineless exhibition at Mister Jones Bermagui
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The slow, gentle process of deep observation is intrinsic to many forms of art. It can have much in common with scientific observation; there's attention to detail, appreciation for form, system and structure and an experience of wonder. When we mix the two, what can we create? A group of artists has created a showcase of squidgy, surprising subjects -...
Hollywood opportunities for Bega Valley gamers and artists
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A star gamer has been added to the line up for the upcoming Gamer Dev (development) Jam in Merimbula this September. Stephanie Bendixsen, the host of ABC TV's Good Game is coming to add her weight to a budding industry in the Bega Valley. Also known by her gamer tag 'Hex', Bendixsen has been host of the popular TV program...
Barry Humphries to tour Bega, Wagga, Cowra, Dubbo, Hawkesbury
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Barry Humphries is and isn't coming to regional NSW. I hope you can forgive the click bait in the headline. Click bait has a tendency to let you down, but I am confident that the opportunity my Barry tease represents won't. Louise Hearman's winning portrait of this cultural icon will soon tour regional art gallery's as part of the 2016...
Taking the wide view: John Blay and the art of scientific discovery
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“I think this is still a road,” Pete ponders as our 4WD tips forward almost perpendicular to the drainage ditch below. He was a child when the road was pushed through the Tantawangalo forest on the western side of the Bega Valley in NSW. He remembers it as a desecration. Yet here we are in our beast of a car, enjoying...
Vote 1 Costa Georgiadis
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Wearing a t-shirt that said "Ask your teacher to take you outside" and accompanied by the sound of frogs enjoying recent rain,  the host of ABC TV's Gardening Australia has given some radical advice to the voters of Eden-Monaro. Costa Georgiadis didn't come to Bermagui with the intent of influencing voters in the July 2 Federal Election, but at his...
New focus for Bega photographers
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Many will find it hard to imagine Bega's Fletchers Fotographics without Robert Hayson and Christine Murphy inside. With the business now in new hands it is only a matter of days before that becomes a reality. The sale opens new opportunities for the pair, some of which may or may not surprise and also offers a chance to reflect on...
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