Forget chocolate eggs this Easter, Sapphire Coast foodies have so much more to offer…
Food & Wine
Oscar Wilde said the best way to deal with craving was to yield to it. Some of us crave chocolate and yield constantly, however, there are others amongst us (stronger than me!) who can restrain themselves. We are surrounded by chocolate at Easter time, mostly in the shape of an egg. The Easter egg phenomenon has a mixed history, at...
Contemporary Canadian folk to play Dalgety Hall this Saturday
Arts & Culture
The small halls that dot the dusty roads and green valleys of South East New South Wales add an element of built charm to the natural landscape that surrounds them, they also form the foundations of the rich cultural offerings of the region. There's a magic that stirs in these small, intimate, much loved and often fought for venues that...
Precious Bega Valley environment plundered by crooks
News
The region's natural environment is widely accepted as it's best asset, sadly it's a richness that attracts the opportunistic eye of criminals who look to plunder what most respect and appreciate. A recent surveillance operation by NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Fisheries Officers has uncovered what is suspected to be an organised abalone trafficking syndicate operating from the remote beaches...
Calling all buskers to Narooma for May 25 champs, $10,000 in prizes
Arts & Culture
“Buskers from Katoomba to Mallacoota have said they intend taking part, but we urge them to please register soon,” says Lynda Ord from the Narooma Busking Championships. $10,000 in prize money in on the line at this year's regional busking final on Saturday, May 25, with online entries, open until May 11. The Narooma Busking Championships are one of the key...
Goulburn a flashpoint in animal rights national day of action
News
Goulburn has been a flashpoint in a national day of action by animal activists. Nine people have been arrested and charged following a protest at the Southern Meats abattoir on Mazamat Road. Police allege that about 2.30 am this morning (April 8), the accused chained themselves to a conveyor within the processing plant. Asked to but refusing to leave, protesters were faced by...
Record season at Bega Pool as community dives in with Mark and Zoe
Community
My 13-year-old daughter swum to Cooma this season, her weekly tally of the kilometers done in Bega Pool adds up to over 120 km. My two older boys went even further on the strength of coaching and friendship at the 33-metre pool. Mark and Zoe Philipzen took over the management of this community-owned pool four years ago. Although Zoe grew up...
Merimbula whale mural grows as town watches on
Arts & Culture
Jaws are dropping as residents and visitors to Merimbula watch Simon Thomas work his magic, creating a massive marine mural on the side of Club Sapphire. A huge Humpback Whale is the start and will be the focal point of a scene that develops over the next four weeks as Simon manours his scissor lift up and down the vast brick and...
Your April holiday is right here in South East NSW
Best of Region
April is the best time to get out and enjoy our region, and while the Easter weekend is busy, a quick holiday or family break either side of it reaps great rewards. Lisa Herbert has been exploring the nature and nurture of South East NSW... Mountain View Farm  Address: 11 Mount Dromedary Trail, Tilba Tilba Ph: 0423 025 686 Website/Bookings...
Country mayors ‘target’ looming store closures
News
Mayors from country New South Wales have made their pitch to corporate Australia just days out from the slated closure of a number of Target department stores. Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes, along with the Mayors of Gilgandra, Temora and Tenterfield, met with representatives of Target Australia earlier this week to raise concerns about the closure of Target stores in their...
Have your say on Princes Highway spending – what would you fix first?
News
One of the big-ticket items for the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla in last night's Federal Budget was announced 24 hours earlier on April Fools Day - the Morrison Government has committed $500 million to upgrade the Princes Highway between Wollongong and the Victorian border. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack says, "decisions on...
Landscape Rehydration Project rewarded with $3.8M grant
Environment
The Mulloon Institute (TMI) has been awarded a $3.8 million grant to continue and expand the Mulloon Community Landscape Rehydration Project, collecting vital scientific data on the hydrology and outcomes of the project. Interest in the Institute was revitalised following its appearance on the ABC TV Australian Story episode 'Hope Springs', further amplified by the Murray Darling Basin controversy. TMI...
Powered by Passion: Kelli Donovan, Pure Pod
Community
“If you can’t see it, you can’t be it” goes the mantra: we all need role models and inspiration, and sometimes the most powerful icons are right there in our own backyards. Powered by Passion is a new Region Media series by Nina Gbor that takes us inside the lives and motivations of some remarkable Canberra region women. The focus is on sustainable fashion...
Barr to push for direct flights to Canberra on visit to China
Business
Direct flights from China to the ACT will be on the agenda this week when Chief Minister Andrew Barr leads a Government delegation to Guangzhou and Canberra's sister city Beijing. Mr Barr said growing the ACT's largest international tourism market and more international flights were the key objectives for the delegation. He will meet with China Southern Airlines and representatives from...
People matter for business leadership says RSM
Business
A gathering that brings together business and commerce leaders doesn't necessarily sound like the first place you'd turn for personal growth insights. But organisers of the highly successful RSM Business and Finance Symposium say it's not always about the numbers in business: you can't succeed without a focus on people. The annual half-day conference is tailored to equip leaders in...
Club Lime acquires Goulburn’s Absolute Fitness
Business
Club Lime’s arrival in Goulburn has been such an outstanding hit a second club will open nearby, with exciting new features for members who are rolling up in just about every age group. Operating in Hume Street, Goulburn, and growing rapidly in regional NSW, Club Lime (part of the VIVA Leisure group) is one of Australia's largest privately-owned health and...
iAccelerate innovation program open for business in Bega
News
Applications have gone live for the Bega Valley's innovators and entrepreneurs to be part of the first intake for a unique business program developed by the University of Wollongong. Offered through the Bega Valley Innovation Hub, which was launched in October after receiving a two-year funding arrangement from the Federal Government, the 12-week iAccelerate Educate Program is designed to better prepare...
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