Bega’s Spiral Gallery goes to the dogs!
Arts & Culture
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
Arts & Culture
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
Arts & Culture
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
Arts & Culture
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
Arts & Culture
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
Arts & Culture
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
Arts & Culture
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
Arts & Culture
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
Arts & Culture
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
Arts & Culture
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...
Postcard 4 from Timor Leste – Natarbora. By Tim Holt
Arts & Culture
Wednesday dawns, I’ve woken early to the deep throated chanting from the nearby mosque that melds into early morning prayer and song from the Catholic Sisters at Fatuhada. Ahead lies the 150 kilometres to Natarbora, it doesn’t sound far, but from Dave’s experience, it will be a long and painful trip. This morning though we are feeling somewhat reassured that...
Making an informed choice for Snowy Monaro Regional Council this Saturday
Arts & Culture
A new era in Local Government is set to bloom with elections for Snowy Monaro Regional Council this Saturday (September 9) ending 16 months of administration by former Cooma Mayor, Dean Lynch. Pre-Poll voting is already underway at Jindabyne, Berridale, Cooma, and Bombala with 27 candidates contesting 11 positions in the merged council chamber. Familiar names on your ballot paper include Bob...
‘Pop’ Lucas to be remembered 75 years after letter from King George.
Arts & Culture
The Bega Valley is about to recognise the contribution of one local father to World War 2. A tribute plaque will be dedicated in Bega on Friday, 1 September at 11 am telling the story of Henry ‘Pop’ Lucas and his nine sons that went to war. The grandson of Henry Lucas, Guy said most families of the time had...
Podcast 17 – Gabrielle Powell and the People of the Sun
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https://vimeo.com/230550888 Gabrielle Powell is one of those familiar faces around Bega, but she has just had an experience that took her way beyond her Pedan Street base. For almost 11 years Gabrielle has been the manager of the town’s Women’s Resource Centre. With long service leave in her sails, Gabrielle took off for Malawi in South East Africa, a country...
Hall of Service to take soil from 65 South East locations
Arts & Culture
Soil collected from sixty-five war memorials across South East New South Wales will be featured in a new state memorial honouring First World War veterans and their hometowns. The Office of Veterans Affairs is overseeing the program, which is collecting soil from almost 1,700 WW1 enlistment locations for an art installation in what will be known as the Hall of...
Tathra made taiko drums head west to the beat of Japanese tradition
Arts & Culture
Twenty-four Japanese drums hand crafted in the salty air of Tathra are being delivered to Western New South Wales today. "We often stop work to watch whales breach and blow their spray," Luke Hamilton says. Luke and Chris Korvin are both drummers with the Bega Valley based Stonewave Taiko but have branched out to create their own taiko making business....
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