Musician from Young a finalist in International Songwriting Competition in US
Arts & Culture
With the click of a button, we could all help a musician from Young realise his dreams of becoming an international singer-songwriter. The people of the Hilltops region all know Harry Cleverdon. He has grown up entertaining locals with his music in a range of venues – starting out on the streets as a busker at festivals, then it was...
Canberra distilleries get into the spirit of sanitiser
Community
Canberra's distilleries are literally getting into the spirit of the times by turning their products into ethanol for use as hand sanitiser by health services workers at the frontline of the COVID-19 virus. Tim Reardon from The Canberra Distillery told Region Media his production line is now 100 per cent ethanol (pure alcohol). On Friday (27 March), his staff were busy...
Education support dogs help students going through ‘ruff’ days
Community
Goulburn High School's new pup-stitute teacher, Miss Alice, has been welcomed to the staff team to help raise student morale. The tamaruke puppy can sense when students are not OK and runs over to them to provide the paw-fect pick-me-up of hugs, kisses and licks when students need it most. Therapy dogs have been proven to help reduce anxiety and...
A Boorowa bard reflects in verse on life on the land
Community
Robert Corkhill spent his life on the land, but his heart sang a different tune: that of bush poetry, stories of the community around him and sheer love of the land. The Boorowa farmer died in 2017, survived by a lively brood of 10 children and his wife Leonie, but has left a further legacy in the form of his...
Historic Batlow Memorial Park gates restored to honour war heroes
Community
It was like a treasure hunt, of sorts, in Batlow that had residents rummaging around in their sheds and backyards. Treasure that had not been sighted since the 1950s. But before we get to that, let’s head over to Europe, circa 2014, when Kevin and Jo Murrell were on the hunt for Kevin’s great-grandfather. This is a great-grandfather Kevin knew...
From Batemans Bay to Eden, eateries deliver hearty community health and happiness
Food & Wine
The 'world as we know it' is no longer, and continues to morph every day. With many of us self-isolating due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and recent announcements by Federal and State Governments enforcing social distancing, many of our local eateries have closed their doors indefinitely. However, some businesses are thinking outside the box. Hoping to maintain staff and trade,...
Meet the drovers a town adopted
Community
If you want to see community at its best, bring 400 head of cattle to Young and see what happens. Doors have opened, dinners have been cooked, cans of beer handed out, there’s also been the odd cake, bags of fruit, bread, a bucket of honey, even pizza delivered to Luke Morris and Nikita Hayes since they rode into the...
Playgrounds close and council services cut in response to coronavirus
News
Councils in the Queanbeyan and Goulburn regions have closed a number of non-essential facilities such as pools and community centres to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Essential council services such as waste collection, water and sewage works, roadworks, call centre and service requests, processing of developments and other applications will continue as usual. In the Queanbeyan-Palerang Shire, the bushfire...
It’s stay-cation time as the South Coast and regions ask you not to visit
Community
Easter is a popular time for family getaways and now the kids are (physically) out of school early, a trip to the beach may sound appealing, however, you are being asked not to come. The key message from the Prime Minister is to stop all non-essential travel, to halt the spread of COVID-19. In addition to that potential problem, regional areas...
Caravan parks meet an urgent need for people with few choices in COVID-19 crisis
Community
A majority of Australian travellers are returning home and many businesses, including hotels, accommodation providers and restaurants are closing their doors. But some people are still in urgent need of accommodation, often because they cannot return to their homes Carmen Risby runs Tathra Beachside holiday park on the Sapphire Coast, and is well known in the community for her vitality and compassion....
Brumbies and GIVIT bring welcome relief to bushfire-hit Gundillion
Community
The locality of Gundillion, between Braidwood and Cooma, has received some much-needed generosity from the Brumbies & GIVIT Bushfire Appeal. GIVIT Regional Manager ACT/SE NSW Caroline Odgers attended the annual International Women’s Day Luncheon at Gundillion Hall to meet some of the recipients first hand. The Gundillion Hall is the focus of local community activities as the area does not...
Lost husky found 220km away after two years and Australia’s worst bushfires
Community
Indie, a beloved husky from Nowra, went on a 220-km walk two-and-a-half years ago and has finally been reunited with her family after being found in Bermagui. The paw-fect reunion came to be after a council ranger found Indie and her two new pups and took the dogs to safety before realising she was missing after checking her microchip. Owner...
Regional COVID-19 cases rising on South Coast and in Murrumbidgee Health District
News
Regional coronavirus cases are beginning to proliferate across the Capital region and southern NSW as cases are confirmed in the Eurobodalla, Goulburn, Queanbeyan Palerang and Murrumbidgee districts. Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) has confirmed six cases of COVID-19 have been formally identified. These include: A Canberra man in his 60s who was recently overseas and on his return showed signs...
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