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
Arts & Culture
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
Arts & Culture
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!
Arts & Culture
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?
Arts & Culture
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
Arts & Culture
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....
Kids and convicts shape new Nimmitabel playground
Arts & Culture
A new playground is turning heads at Nimmitabel on the eastern edge of the Monaro. The bubblegum coloured update sits side by side with an existing 'old school' playground that has been there for at least 40 year according to Vickie Pollard, President of the Nimmitabel Advancement Group. Using money from the Boco Rock Community Enhancement Fund, a climbing frame, rope...
Podcast 12 – Eden’s Wanderer Replica Project
Arts & Culture
Today the story of a bunch of people with history and salt water in their veins, people making progress on ambitious plans to build a replica of an 1830’s luxury sailing ship. Scottish-born entrepreneur, Ben Boyd sailed the 25 metre Wanderer into Sydney in July 1842, he soon set sail for Twofold Bay at Eden on the NSW Far South...
Tathra Wharf recycled into a new future following monster seas
Arts & Culture
The record-breaking seas that slammed into the much loved Tathra Wharf in June 2016 have opened a new chapter in the history of this 150-year-old structure. The timber that was salvaged from the wrecked sections of decking and pylons has been snapped up with a sense of reverence. A host of upcycled projects has been born spreading the affection for this Far...
About Regional, Podcast 11 – The Great Southern Forest
Arts & Culture
The National Folk Festival in Canberra is underway and there is somewhat a South East take over happening with a bunch of artists from this side of the mountain performing. People like Heath Cullen, Kate Burke, Mike Martin, Sam Martin, Stonewave Taiko and the Djaadjawan Dancers are all taking centre stage. In the week’s leading up to the National, South...
Moruya festival harvests a new cultural relationship
Arts & Culture
As is often the case, food became more than just a belly filler at the weekend's Southeast Harvest Festival in Moruya. A locally made blue cheese and leek tart at the opening event on Friday night was memorable, but more so were the new understandings and relationships that emerged between two cultures conflicted by a past of racism and brutality....
About Regional, a new place for the stories of South East NSW. Podcast 9
Arts & Culture
My partners in this week’s podcast are Light to Light Camps – pristine beaches, great food, hot showers and comfy beds. This is your chance to explore the Wilderness Coast in style. Thanks to Jen, Arthur, and Jake for your support. In this program an interview that was a real surprise to me. I stuck a microphone in front of Andrew Weglarz...
A Bega Valley perspective on Mardi Gras 2017 – “Tiers and tiers of people encouraging and celebrating all those marching for just being themselves.”
Arts & Culture
Mardi Gras in Sydney is the biggest celebration of diversity for everyone who identifies as part of the LGBQTI community, so that’s not just people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, questioning, transgender or intersex but for families,  friends, children, faith groups, banks, surf life-saving clubs, mental health groups etc. etc.    Regional groups were strongly represented, we marched alongside a...
Churchill Fellowship supercharges Bega builders vision for change
Arts & Culture
A Bega carpenter's big picture ideas for her trade and community have won the backing of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. Jo Saccomani is off to the USA and Canada later this year having been awarded a Churchill Fellowship, an initiative set up in memory of the wartime Brittish PM to foster research and innovation and enrich society. "I have...
John Williamson sings Vegemite again after Bega Cheese take over
Arts & Culture
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
Arts & Culture
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...
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