For a crackling good time, trot out to Laggan for the town’s annual piglet races
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Once a year, the tiny community of Laggan, in the NSW Southern Tablelands, comes alive with a rip-snorter of an event: the Thoroughbred Piglet Races. The town's population of 358 swills to the 1000 mark for the event when people come from all parts of NSW and the ACT. Organised by the Upper Lachlan Foundation as a fundraiser for the...
Abundance of food at farmers’ markets during Omicron highlights importance of local food security
Community
While the Omicron COVID-19 variant is wreaking havoc around Australia, shoppers are being urged not to worry because there is plenty of food available, especially at local farmers' markets. NSW Farmers president James Jackson said there are good production levels of fresh food despite the challenging weather of the past few months, and he is encouraging shoppers not to panic...
Oaks Ranch upgrades bring relaxed luxury to the South Coast
Community
An old dairy farm established in the 1800s has been given a new lease on life with extensive renovations converting the Eurobodalla's Oaks Ranch into a relaxed, holiday resort. It's the latest iteration in the history of the property, which was initially used as a farm from which locals collected milk and dairy goods, before it was eventually converted to...
Charles Massy’s dragons tale spreads the word about conservation
Arts & Culture
"Beneath the western mountains, on the open plains of the high Monaro where the skies are blue and big, there lived a little dragon lizard." The Last Dragon covers the adventures of Timpo, a Grassland Earless Dragon lizard who embarks on a journey to discover if he is the last of his kind in the valley. Written by a prominent agricultural...
Why true romance, and women’s unmentionables, never get old
Community
It's hard to understand why people don't write like they used to. Today it's clever stuff. Innuendo, rendering ideas, drawing parallels with something obscure that happened a million years ago. But what about the good stuff? The old, tattered, yellowing magazines with cover lines like, "Remember Not My Sin ... is a story to move every woman's heart to pity...
Big year ahead for Goulburn Mulwaree’s new mayor as pool, arts centre set to open
News
The new mayor of Goulburn Mulwaree Council, Peter Walker, is facing a busy year with a number of major projects in the pipeline. Councillor Walker has been elected mayor of the council for the first time, after first being elected to council in 2016, and working as deputy mayor since 2018. He will serve in this new position until September...
South Coast horse riders prepare for epic Mongolian trip
Community
Two keen NSW South Coast equestrian riders will soon follow in the hoofprints of the world's greatest warlord, helping today’s Mongolian kids move on from lives scavenging garbage tips. Bodalla’s Duncan McLaughlin and Moruya’s Cele Stone are among 16 riders selected for the 3600km Blue Wolf Totem Expedition across Mongolia commencing in May 2022. Raising funds for the Children of the...
Soft plastics saved from landfill and reused as five school benches
Community
Thousands of plastic bags have been saved from slowly deteriorating at tips and reused as benches for schools across Bega Valley. A recent competition run by Bega Valley Shire Council's waste services team asked for residents to show their novel ways of dealing with soft plastic waste. The five winners were asked to nominate a school to receive a REPLAS...
Goulburn-educated teacher reflects on immigrant life of her parents in 1950s and 1960s
Community
Curiosity drives Goulburn-educated teacher and researcher Nadia Johnson. Her knowledge of displaced migrants who made new lives in Australia in the 1940s and 1950s is widely sought. Yet Nadia’s father and mother’s early lives – the trigger for her research – remains mysterious. Her parents survived brutal dictators Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler, were employed as slave labourers and joined Australia’s depleted...
Read all about it: Politics, greed and corruption in a new book by Canberra author Hugh Watson
Community
Hugh Watson did well to heed the advice from his second-grade teacher at Bega Primary School. He'd written a composition and when she gave it back to him, she said he wrote well and that he should keep it up. He did, and today his second novel, The Silo, is drawing wide praise among readers and critics. "I suppose I've...
Nine years on from Cobbler Road bushfire, Yass remembers one of its darkest days
Community
This week marks nine years since the day when bushfire conditions in Yass broke all NSW records – a day the town will never forget The temperature hit 42 degrees, a gusty 80km/h wind blew and humidity was low. The triple-zero call firies were dreading came at 3:50 pm on 8 January, 2013. A fire, which had started on the outskirts...
Dandelions sculpture blows away Taralga village
Arts & Culture
Sculptor Al Phemister had a vision for a small garden wall at the northern entrance to the village of Taralga. Giant dandelions. Five of them. Some created to look still, others to look as if they were swaying in the breeze. The idea was not just to create a stunning art installation that would draw people to the small community...
Yass Railway Museum is the little local engine that could
Community
The Yass Railway Museum and its team of volunteers are dedicated to telling the story of the hardy little steam engines that could and did, for many years, connect Yass township with the main southern line. The bustling town of Yass was frustrated to discover in the 1870s that the railway line to be built between Sydney and Melbourne was...
St John Ambulance volunteers driven to help others
Community
Life has become a little easier for St John Ambulance volunteers - and the people whose lives they save. Thanks to public support, the group has acquired three new vehicles for its operations in Goulburn, Cooma and Albury. Chief Executive Officer of St John Ambulance NSW Sarah Lance said the vehicles would help support the great work already being done...
Bushies turn to burpees and bikes to forge connections
Community
A bunch of farmers jumping off their headers and hurling themselves onto pushbikes is proof enough that the Active Farmers program - with its roots in the NSW Riverina - is still kicking mental health goals in the rural sector. Bushies roaming around town in muddy utes laden with bags of dog food, drums of chemicals, old tyres and flash...
A toot tootin’ big upgrade for a mini Riverina attraction
Community
The big train operators have rolled into Yanco to help the little train operators get back on track. In a warm-hearted demonstration of community spirit, workers on the $60 million Junee to Griffith track upgrade recently donated their time and resources to help upgrade the Yanco Miniature Railway. It’s been a long time since the wheels have done a round...
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