The humble homing pigeon is the fastest racing animal on earth
Community
The recent drizzles across may have been good news for your garden but they played havoc with the region's pigeon racers. On Monday (26 July), 128 pigeons were set to be released from Murrumbateman, but unfavourable weather in the region meant the starting point was moved to Kiama. Against the clock, the birds persisted through strong westerly winds back to...
Goulburn’s hockey future is up in lights
Sport
The future of hockey in Goulburn and the wider region is looking bright, following the completion of hockey field light upgrades this month. New LED lighting systems have been installed for both fields at Goulburn Hockey Complex, with a maximum light level of 500 lux – a standard that will enable Goulburn to host national grade competitions. Goulburn Mulwaree Council awarded...
Frustrated communities face double-edged sword as council term extended again
News
The postponement of the NSW local government elections until 4 December, 2021, is a double-edged sword for disgruntled communities desperately seeking a change of council representation. For the second time – just two weeks away from entering caretaker mode – the elections have been postponed due to COVID-19, giving councillors another three months in their seats. A number of community groups and...
Vale Barry Hickson: a life well travelled
Community
Not everyone would be thrilled to be known as a 'legend of the vintage machinery movement', but then not everyone was like Barry Hickson. He was a man of many passions, according to those who knew him. A devoted partner, father of two daughters, businessman and lover of everything that moved and/or blew smoke –from tractors to racing cars. And,...
Would you donate an organ to save a family member? Campaign calls for more donors
Community
Signing up to donate your organs only takes a minute of your time and saves lives – something Eurobodalla Renal Support Group's Brad Rossiter OAM knows only too well. He is calling on the public to show its support for Donate Life Week by getting involved in the Turn Your Front Light On For Organ Donation campaign.   "It's all about raising awareness of...
How the McKeough and Croker families buried bigotry and built community
Community
Big families have spread the success of the Crokers across the Canberra-Goulburn region in wool and cattle breeding, real estate and the building industry. They have provided the NRL with durable rugby league stars, and their communities with generations of civic-minded leaders. A pivotal part of their history begins from where a stout strainer post stands, one of the original...
Facing the firestorm – and living to tell the story
Community
Matt Dutkiewicz is the sort of bloke you always want by your side. By day, a public servant. By every other waking moment – and if he could make time in between - he lives and breathes being a volunteer bushfire fighter with the Rivers brigade. Matt has been through what many of us only have nightmares about. His family...
If I tell you my collecting secret, will you tell me yours?
Community
There's a self-help group for just about everyone these days: the folk who like chocolate crackles, bevvies and betting on things that move fast (or, mostly, not fast enough) a little too much. If you think too much about your navel/reality TV/other people, there's sure to be a self-help group for you. But what about us poor collectors? We need...
CatholicCare and Marymead to join forces
Community
Two of the region's leading community organisations are joining forces, with Marymead and CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn merging to create one agency: Marymead CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn. Both Marymead and CatholicCare have been operating as separate agencies delivering community services for more than 118 years combined. Marymead - founded in 1967 - has offices in Canberra, Goulburn, Moruya, Young and Wagga...
If you don’t know how to behave at clearing sales, clear orf
Community
There's an art to clearing sales. Not the sort of paintings you pick up for no money at the end of the day - you know the garish ones with scary clowns or demonic kittens in them. But something with real skill behind it.  If you don't look, speak or wear the part, you probably should, well, clear orf. So what...
Community efforts continue to preserve Tumut’s theatrical history
Community
A community theatre in Tumut that once served as the centre of cultural life for the townspeople is just one of the recipients of funding under Snowy Valleys Council’s Recovery and Resilience grants program. More than $62,000 has been allocated to 16 projects covering the local government area’s vast footprint including Tumut, Tooma, Tumbarumba, Talbingo, Adelong, Khancoban, Welaregang and Batlow....
Greener streets means happier neighbourhoods
Community
Nature strips are often simply afterthoughts when it comes to town planning, but Eurobodalla Shire Council is kicking off a new initiative to change this. Council has put out a call for keen street communities to take part in a verge garden trial which will see them transform their nature strip into a native-plant oasis or shady roadside haven. Council’s...
Maury’s carpentry career provides a peek behind the Hollywood curtain
Community
When Maury Cooper first picked up a hammer and saw, he had no idea a carpentry apprenticeship would lead him to rub shoulders with the likes of Hollywood heavyweights Jean-Claude Van Damme, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Living in Narromine, near Dubbo, Maury was just 14 and picking oranges for pocket money when his father surprised him with an apprenticeship...
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