Tilba Easter Festival celebrates a rich and colourful community
Arts & Culture
Tilba is famous for many things, this tiny town of 400 people packs a punch. European settlers moved in during the 1850's, the unique character of that time still lives, Tilba is the only town in Australia to be fully heritage declared by the National Trust. The farming influence that flowed from those pioneers still inspires people like Nic and...
Eden brothers turning fish waste into compost – Ocean2earth!
Environment
Two brothers from Eden have created a new business that turns fish waste into compost and solved an ongoing problem facing the community at Bega Valley boat ramps. Bega Valley Mayor, Kristy McBain, has launched Ocean2earth, an Eden-based company founded by Kyran and Tim Crane. Yesterday's (April 15) launch at the Bermagui Harbour Boat Ramp marks the start of a...
Local op-shops overrun as Marie Kondo clean out trend continues
Community
The Australian Salvation Army reports that during their peak donation period this year, January-February, they experienced an 18 per cent increase on the previous year of donations - and store managers are putting it down to the Marie Kondo effect. A worldwide movement led by Japenese tidying expert Marie Kondo has meant thousands of people are going through their garages, cupboards...
Retirement after fifty years in pharmacy for Braidwood’s Julie Ballard
Health & Wellbeing
Braidwood Pharmacy has served the healthcare needs of the community since approximately 1886. In recent years, Julie Ballard and Bente Hart have been the familiar pharmacist faces inside the chemist, supported by their loyal team. From the first of May, the Braidwood community will enjoy the same great service, with a slightly new line-up of pharmacists. Julie Ballard is retiring,...
Bega Valley Shire Council flags change to community input at meetings
News
Bega Valley Shire Council is considering a number of changes to how council meetings run and how the community takes part in that process. Traditionally the agenda for a council meeting is published on the Thursday before a meeting. Roughly speaking, meetings happen every three weeks on a Wednesday starting at 2 pm. The first part of every meeting is...
Smart Farms Grant success for Sapphire Coast Wilderness Oysters
Business
Sapphire Coast Wilderness Oysters has been a big winner through the Smart Farms Small Grants program with $194,812 on its way to grow the business and strengthen ecosystems. Made up of oyster farmers from Wapengo, Merimbula, Pambula, and Wonboyn, Sapphire Coast Wilderness Oysters aims to ensure the protection of the environment and the sustainability of the oyster industry. The funding will...
Innovative design guru in Bega for one brilliant session this Monday night
Business
Anyone interested in innovation, sustainability, invention, and design, and how to get communities thriving with ideas should get themselves to the Bega Civic Centre on Monday (April 15) for a one-off opportunity. Innovative design guru Aly Khalifa will enlighten and excite Bega for an hour or so, as he discusses, encourages and inspires us towards, an ‘Inventive Culture’. Aly will...
More April holiday options in South East NSW…
Best of Region
In the second installment of our April tour of the region, Lisa Herbert uncovers some spectacular scenery and activities, for the whole family and for solitude seekers, not too far from home... Tanja Lagoon Camp Address: 142 Haighs Rd, Tanja Ph: 02 6494 0123 Website/bookings here Tanja Lagoon Camp is a luxurious bush haven deep in the Mimosa Rocks National...
It’s time to vote: here’s how Region Media will cover the election
News
We finally have a date for the Federal election: the About Regional community and the rest of the nation will be munching their democracy sausages on May 18. As About Regional and its parent company Region Media grow rapidly as a local news masthead, it's a good time to address how we'll deal with the forthcoming election campaign. Our focus will...
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...
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