Graham Coe Pavilion to honour Southern Tablelands football stalwart
Community
For years to come, football players will remember an outstanding player, coach and referee Graham Coe, with the Cookbundoon Pavilion to be named in his honour. Work is almost complete on the new Graham Coe Pavilion named in honour of Mr Coe's strong contribution to the sport and the formation of the Southern Tablelands Football Association. STFA Football Manager Craig Norris...
From riot-torn Cairo to the peace of regional NSW, Wael Fahmy makes a healthy career change
Community
Wagga Wagga's Wael Fahmy had a high-flying career in banking before moving from Egypt to Australia, but it came with one significant drawback. He worked for Barclays in Cairo’s central business district, leading performance improvement and then strategy and business development. While he enjoyed living in the city that never sleeps, some of Cairo’s most violent demonstrations occurred at the foot...
Mogo Wildlife Park welcomes endangered, twin golden lion tamarins
Community
Not even lockdown could stop the recent arrival of twin golden lion tamarins at Mogo Wildlife Park. At six weeks old, the curious monkeys are yet to be named, but are soaking up time with mum and dad, which is a rare sight given the species is endangered. Mogo zookeeper Chad Staples says staff aren’t even sure of the new...
Nostalgic nights at Jameson’s On the Pier
Food & Wine
In the 1990s, back when going out to a restaurant was something we took for granted, there was still something special about a night at Jameson's On the Pier. As the only truly waterfront restaurant in Batemans Bay, Jameson's was the place for celebrations - engagements, wedding anniversaries, birthdays and date nights were all marked by lunch or dinner literally...
How can the community share responsibility for emergency management?
Community
The phrase 'the fires changed everything' is often repeated across the bushfire-affected regions of southeast NSW since the Black Summer of 2019-2020. There are now calls to rethink and change the approach to emergency management to include a formal community voice among the services tasked to plan and respond to natural disasters. With the Bushfires Royal Commission now in full...
When laughter turns out to be the best medicine for Yass
Community
There's something about a crisis that brings out the best in country people. When Yass was sent into sudden lockdown on Monday, 13 September, there was still toilet paper on the shelves at the supermarkets, and locals took to social media to alert and check on loved ones, as well as strangers. By the end of Tuesday, 750 people had been...
Helen, can we all give you a hug?
Community
Put it down to women’s intuition if you like, or Goulburn’s good fortune. In 1975, a woman was put forward for the Goulburn Soroptimists who did not meet their strict membership criteria. Two categories were needed to qualify for the business and professional cohort. Helen Morgan, a teacher at the time, fitted only one. But she was determined to join....
Rare super pod of humpback whales sighted off Sapphire Coast
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A pod of up to 100 whales has recently been spotted off the NSW Sapphire Coast. Dubbed a 'super pod', it is only the second time such a large congregation has been sighted in Australian waters, with the previous sighting being in the same waters in 2020. Stunning images of the pod were captured by marine scientists with tour operators...
A sweet surprise: Robyn Rowe retires but her chocolates and name will live on
Community
What's in a name? A lot, according to Yasmin Coe, who will retain the Robyn Rowe Chocolates name cherished for nearly two decades by Yass Valley residents. The chocolatier and her husband, former ACT Opposition Leader Alistair Coe, purchased the popular business, separate four-bedroom cottage and surrounding 9.6 hectares on Nanima Road in Murrumbateman in May 2021. Yasmin says the...
Spring donations will have double the impact for country students
Community
By donating to the Country Education Foundation of Australia (CEF) during September and October, your generosity can double the assistance for young people in surrounding rural regions. Country students and their families have been hit hard by bushfires, drought and floods, and now the COVID-19 pandemic has added to the financial barriers many already face when it comes to education and training....
Frederick Young, the Queanbeyan man who built Canberra
Community
A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into building our national capital. Architect Sir Walter Burley Griffin is well known, as is King O’Malley, the Home Affairs Minister who laid the Foundation Stone for Canberra in 1913. But who remembers Frederick Young? People living in Young Street, Queanbeyan, may wonder how it got its name. Worshippers at St John’s...
Emma’s Koby proves her pedigree in trans-Tasman challenge
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A Coolac woman and her dog have come close to rounding up top honours in a competition to find the hardest working dog coast to coast and across the Tasman. Emma Stocks will tell you she and her black and tan kelpie Koby – with the most beautiful eyebrows – weren’t even close to winning, but their second placing in...
Notes from the Kitchen Garden: Spring is here, but don’t bolt with your veggies
Community
Early spring can be an exciting and active time for vegetable gardeners. We need to be out there laying out beds for new planting and refreshing existing beds: adding compost, manure, blood and bone, lime and a complete organic fertiliser so our late spring and summer plantings get off to a good start. The bad news is that we get...
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