500 cattle grazing the Monaro Highway “long paddock”
Environment
Dry times in South East NSW is pushing local farmers beyond their own farm gate and out on to the "long paddock" offered by the Monaro Highway. Motorists need to take care as 500 cattle munch and chew their way along the roadside, grazing on grass and nutrients their home paddocks have lost as the region moves towards drought. The...
Mini “Vivid” light show starts Reconciliation Week in Moruya
Arts & Culture
While Sydney stops for the annual Vivid Festival 303km south Moruya is gearing up for a light show of its own. An innovative digital exhibition featuring local Aboriginal artworks will be projected onto the front of Eurobodalla Shire Council’s HQ every night during Reconciliation Week. Aside from captivating local art, this Friday (May 25) night's launch of the 'Yuin Country: Art and Land...
Council moves on Merimbula Aldi and Eden’s Hotel Australasia
News
Two significant local real estate decisions out of this week's (May 23) meeting of Bega Valley Shire Council. An Aldi supermarket is set to become part of the Merimbula streetscape after Council today formally resolved to enter into a Contract for Sale for 103 & 105 – 107 Main Street with the German giant. Bega Valley Shire Council’s General Manager,...
Mulga Bill’s Bicycle points the way for Snowy Mountain’s Brumby management
Environment
When it comes to the poetry of Banjo Paterson I am more 'Mulga Bill's Bicycle' than 'Man From Snowy River'. Twas Mulga Bill, from Eaglehawk, that caught the cycling craze; He turned away the good old horse that served him many days; He dressed himself in cycling clothes, resplendent to be seen; He hurried off to town and bought a...
Cooma Red Devils score $30,000 grant for a new canteen at home ground
Sport
Cooma Red Devils Rugby Union Club has received NSW Government funding of $30,000 to build a new canteen and kitchen at its home ground, Rotary Oval, with Member for Monaro John Barilaro presenting the club with a cheque last Friday (18 May). Plans for the canteen and kitchen are under way, with construction due to start soon. Mr Barilaro said the...
Design for new purpose-built and future-proofed Queanbeyan Police station unveiled
News
The design for the new safe, purpose-built and future-proofed Queanbeyan Police Station was unveiled by Member for Monaro John Barilaro on Monday morning (21 May). Queanbeyan Police officers will receive a new station at their current location next to the courthouse, with construction to start in the coming months. The new and improved police station will cost $17 million and...
Young farmers critical to agriculture’s future
Community
For the last two years, the Goulburn Young Farmers Network has stormed the Australian Young Farmers Challenge, taking out first place in NSW and second place in the national competition which showcases high level on-farm skills. At home, the group is pushing equally hard to give a much needed voice to the region’s young farmers. It’s the voice of the...
Cooma becomes a training ground for RMC Duntroon
News
Something extraordinary has been thrown into the mix of daily life in downtown Cooma - 100 senior cadets from the Royal Military College Duntroon on a training exercise. Using blank ammunition, uniformed foot patrols have become a regular sight in Cooma. The cadets arrived in the middle of last week and will stay until June 1; residents have already been...
Narooma Busking Championship this weekend – last minute entries open
What's On
  Last minute entries for the Narooma Busking Championship are being taken with organisers keen to fill the town with music and performance on Saturday, May 26. Around 55 entries have already rolled in from across South East NSW and beyond including Canberra, Sydney, Wollongong, and Victoria. Busking co-ordinator Sandra Doyle says, "Narooma will again buzz from the Plaza to...
Costa Georgiadis launches community garden in NSW Southern Tablelands – and treasures a spud that looks just like him
Community
Being called a potato head is not exactly something people generally take kindly to. But a decorated potato resembling Costa Georgiadis’ head delighted the ABC gardening celebrity at Crookwell’s eighth potato festival on Saturday. Costa was on hand to take part in cooking demonstrations at the annual event in the NSW Southern Tablelands, facilitate a kid’s workshop, open a community...
ScoMo backs Sudmalis in battle for Gilmore
News
The Federal Treasurer toured the Nowra end of the Gilmore electorate today as his local comrade in parliament appeared to be under attack from within. Scott Morrison said if it had not been for Ann Sudmalis, Bill Shorten would be Prime Minister now. Ms Sudmalis beat Labor's Fiona Phillips in 2016 with a razor-thin 1.46% margin, helping Malcolm Turnbull build...
Tathra bush fire concert a sellout, 4,000 people to attend
News
The Band Together concert is on track to raise $250,000 for Tathra and surrounds following the bushfires of March 18. Ticket sales have been stopped with organisers calling "sold out" last night (May 16) on social media. Around 4,000 people will pack into the Sapphire Coast Turf Club on Saturday, May 26 for what promises to be the biggest event...
Country people a focus for NSW Guns Amnesty – July 1 to Sept 30
News
NSW Police have launched a state-wide Firearms Amnesty following the success of last year’s national campaign.  During the three-month amnesty in 2017, NSW netted 24,831 firearms and 1898 firearm parts for destruction, sale or registration, more than any other state or territory. Anyone with an unregistered firearm or firearm-related item will be able to legally dispose, or register it, without...
New Batemans Bay Bridge taking shape following community submissions
News
Batemans Bay is a step closer to getting its new bridge with construction slated to start by this time next year. Eighty-one (81) community submissions have just been reviewed and assessed with NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) adjusting some of the initial plans following the feedback. Member for Bega Andrew Constance says the release of the submissions report marks an...
Bega adds accessibility to World Environment Day activism
What's On
A passionate outdoor enthusiast keen for people of all abilities to have opportunities in nature will deliver the World Environment Day address in Bega. Bournda Environmental Education Centre has been hosting the dinner to celebrate the United Nations sanctioned day for the last 41 years. Previous speakers at the Bega event include former NSW Premier, Bob Carr, Dr John Merso,...
Suicide: The Ripple Effect felt in Merimbula – community gathers to talk
Health & Wellbeing
People packed a Merimbula cinema last week to trigger a better and more open discussion about suicide with the hope of reducing the number of deaths caused by "brain pain" and acknowledging the hurt and impact carried by the family and friends left behind. Mental health advocate, Glenn Cotter hosted a screening of the movie, "Suicide: The Ripple Effect" at the Picture Showman...
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