Photographer seals dream shot, making a real meal out of octopus
Community
Brad Wills has to have one of the best jobs in the world. Where else would you see a seal chomping down on his lunch of a rather large, eight-armed octopus, the seal seemingly unaware of the tour boat and snapping phones a metre or so away, capturing every bite. That's exactly what Brad, owner/skipper of Cat Balou Cruises, based...
We’ll never find another you Judith Durham, says fellow Seeker
Community
Keith Potger knew his "little sister", Judith Durham, was ill. As members of The Seekers "family", as Keith describes it, they had kept in touch over the years, as they had with band mates Athol Guy and Bruce Woodley. "I knew that she hadn't been in tip-top shape," Keith told Region from his home in Braidwood in the NSW Southern Tablelands,...
Bega Valley mourns death of tireless worker for the community, Chris Nicholls
Community
The Bega Valley is mourning the sudden loss of resident Christopher Nicholls, who died earlier this month. An outpouring of grief has reverberated around the region for Mr Nicholls, who was known for working tirelessly to help his community. He spent years as the manager for the Merimbula Visitor Information Centre, volunteered with the town's fire brigade, worked with Bega...
High tech lights to boost safety at Bribbaree rail crossing
Community
Two and a half years after a truck driver miraculously survived a collision with a train at a level crossing outside the Hilltops village of Bribbaree, flashing lights are to be installed at that very location. The level crossing on Mary Gilmore Way, two kilometres north-west of Bribbaree, will be one of the first level crossings to be part of...
Town to celebrate on 26 August as Goulburn’s ‘Golden Queen’ Ellen Ryan returns home with double gold
Sport
Goulburn lawn bowler Ellen Ryan will return home from the UK today (Wednesday) with two Commonwealth Games gold medals hanging proudly around her neck. Ryan said she'd shed a tear when she drives past the iconic Big Merino, but she couldn't wait to get home and hug her dad and sister after winning the women's singles and the women's pairs...
New arrivals chalk up growth at Goulburn Catholic schools
Community
Families moving to Goulburn have swelled enrolments at the city’s two Catholic primary schools. Second and third-generation families who attended the schools are sending their children there as well. The healthy enrolments are in contrast to the latest Australian Census which reveals that while Christianity remains the nation’s most common religion, the number of followers continues to decline.  Both schools...
Yass community roots for Eileen, the town’s down but not yet out gum tree
Community
Come on Eileen ... the  Yass Valley community is rooting for your survival - literally. Eileen is a white gum tree (Eucalyptus Viminalis), estimated to have lived in the Yass River for around 40 years. For as long as anyone's noticed her, she's been on a lean - a position that has become known, and loved, by all who jog,...
Batlow’s brand new buildings prove very accommodating
Community
Life in Batlow, for seasonal workers at least, hasn’t quite been the same since the 100-bed Wakehurst Hostel was destroyed in the 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires. Long a home away from home for the visiting workers and backpackers who descend on the town throughout the year, the converted old hospital building was one casualty of the fires that hit the...
‘Playing with mud’ is back in vogue as potential potters embrace an ancient art form
Community
Wagga based potter Diane Mahony has a simple explanation for why she enjoys working with clay. "Mum would never let me play with mud as a child," she says wryly. Diane is the president of the Wagga Potters Club and says the art form has boomed in popularity in recent months. "We can't keep up with the demand for clay...
If walls could talk: uncovering Goulburn workmen’s cottages’ social history
Community
Goulburn’s workmen’s cottages fascinate Peta Luck, a local studies librarian with numerous online resources at her fingertips to explore their origins.  “I’m really curious about the lived experience of people maybe who didn’t have every opportunity and who had come to a young colony for nefarious reasons or whatever reason,” Peta said. “So I love the workmen’s cottages, the stories...
From dog kennels to picnic tables, Eurobodalla innovators lead the charge to recycle and repurpose solar panels
Community
A huge number of functional solar panels are being discarded well before their time, but a Eurobodalla-based organisation is finding creative ways to recycle panels to provide power for community facilities and bushfire impacted families. The Repurposing for Resilience (RfR) team of volunteers has also reused discarded solar panels to build garden furniture that can charge your mobile device, dog kennels with heat...
Mysterious Mongarlowe mallee locations remain top secret as scientists attempt hand pollination
Community
Four top-secret locations in the NSW Southern Tablelands are home to Australia's rarest tree species. And, with only six individuals in existence, the mysterious Mongarlowe mallee may be Australia’s loneliest tree. First discovered by a Braidwood landholder in 1985, the mysterious eucalypt, also known as the ice age gum, is estimated to be anywhere from 3000 to 13,000 years old and...
After helping others, Gunning woman’s now the one in need of care
Community
Irene Barrera is used to helping others, whether it's at the BookNook - which she recently set up in Gunning to raise funds for charity - or another of her community activities. But today, she's the one in need of help. Her health took a dramatic turn recently when she felt dizzy, so bad that she took pain medication -...
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