After bushfire and COVID-19 delays, Co-Work Merimbula is now open
Business
Although Zoe Joseph had planned to open her new business, Co-Work Merimbula, much earlier this year, she is diplomatic about the delays that have meant she hasn't been able to open the doors until now. "I'm fairly well practised at accepting what is out of my control," she laughs. "And on the upside, people have come out of COVID-19 restrictions...
Council calls for Bungendore to be like Braidwood
Community
Residents of Bungendore are being asked to be like the Braidwood community to establish a major new playground in the town. Following the success of the Braidwood community's $400,000 Ryrie Park playground, which opened in 2019, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council is looking to form a community group in Bungendore that will help shape a similar play space in the town. In...
Photo comp to celebrate memories of Sugar Pine Walk
Arts & Culture
As machines and forestry workers prepare for the impending removal of the Sugar Pine Walk plantation in Bago State Forest, between Tumut and Tumbarumba, there is an opportunity for creative expression of the despair felt by people with an affinity for the wilderness region. Forestry Corporation of NSW has launched a photo competition to mark the passing of the iconic tourist...
Bushrangers and bushfire: the story of a Eurobodalla town’s monument to police bravery
Community
A four-metre-high sandstone pillar at the heart of a small village in the Eurobodalla Shire will be among the first structures to be restored following the summer's bushfires. "It seemed one small thing we could do to lift spirits in a pretty horrible environment,” South Coast Police District Superintendent Greg Moore says. "The monument holds a pretty sentimental place in...
Push to rename national parks to reflect Indigenous heritage, not colonial history
News
Prime Minister Scott Morrison's remark on 11 June that Australia was “a pretty brutal place, but there was no slavery", in response to Black Lives Matter protests across the country – which he apologised for afterwards – has been followed by a push in some parts of the community to reconsider the names of popular NSW South Coast landmarks. Those arguing for name...
Eden-Monaro poll puts aged care on the agenda
News
As campaigning ramps up for the Eden-Monaro by-election, a movement in the electorate is calling for candidates to stand up for the aged care system. A group called Fight for Better Aged Care has commissioned a poll that shows eight out of 10 people in the Eden-Monaro region want the Federal Government to provide more funding for the aged care system. The...
Farewell Ken Connley, a legendary high country cattleman
Community
Ken Connley, legend of the high plains, has died aged 74. A crack rider by nature and by career, his most pronounced love – next to his family, his dog Husky and a horse named Ace – was for brumbies. He said catching brumbies was the best sport he knew. At this Ken was exceptionally skilled – notching up well...
New growth at top tourist attraction
News
A whole new legion of fans are expected to be drawn to the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden, south of Batemans Bay, when it reopens to the public later this year. The Botanic Garden is already ranked as the region’s number one attraction by TripAdvisor, but manager Michael Anlezark expects it to attract a whole new market segment when it reopens after being...
Winter’s busiest south coast weekend a success despite COVID-19 restrictions
News
It was a challenge South Coast business's rose to meet: greeting an onslaught of eager tourists over the June long weekend while adhering to strict COVID-19 social distancing protocols. According to the region's Crime Prevention Officer, Senior Constable David Bates from Batemans Bay, the business community has been largely successful in their efforts, despite record crowds over the weekend. "As...
Library Link for vulnerable Bega Valley Shire residents
Community
Senior Australians in the Bega Valley Shire are being asked to contact the Bega Valley Shire Library to trial a new service to deliver library materials to people in their homes or village. The Library Link service will deliver library materials to people in their homes, or via village-based pick-up points, and will support the health and wellbeing of vulnerable...
Splash of paint a windfall for Binalong Hall
Community
In November 1910, a building that was to become the central gathering spot in Binalong was erected on an allotment in Wellington Street for £400. It was an aspirational, if not plodding, project for the small NSW town, situated 35km northwest of Yass, which had already seen plenty of colour from prospectors who sniffed for gold in the region's hills...
Extra funds for new Eurobodalla Hospital in Moruya
News
An extra $50 million has been pledged by the NSW Government for the new Eurobodalla Hospital in Moruya. NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research Brad Hazzard said extensive community consultation has resulted in a Clinical Services Plan for the new first-class regional hospital. “A site is being selected for the new hospital in consultation with stakeholders and will consider...
Small steps guide young men to make good choices
Business
Over time, seemingly small gestures accumulate into life-changing leadership from people putting others ahead of themselves and encouraging individuals to follow their example. Paul Nicholl experienced this during his apprenticeship as a greenkeeper in the NSW Central West town of Condobolin, where Malcolm Nash was head greenkeeper at the local bowling club. https://www.facebook.com/riotactnews/videos/976048622812408 The Condobolin Bowling Club nurtured young staff...
“You all think I’m stealing”: Black lives and police interactions in Bega
Community
Following the killing of African-American George Floyd in the US city of Minneapolis last month, many Australians are calling for action to address Aboriginal deaths in custody and protests were held in all major cities last week. So how does it feel being black in rural Australia in 2020? For 19-year-old Tekeisha Thomas, a Yuin woman from Bega, there's a...
Eurobodalla Shire Council approves $4 million Narooma Arts Centre plans
Arts & Culture
Eurobodalla Shire Council has approved the development application for the Narooma Arts and Community Centre, which will house three studio/workshop/meeting rooms, a gallery exhibition area with highway frontage, and a catering kitchen. “It’s time for our whole community to break out the champagne,” said Narooma School of Arts president Jenni Bourke. “We know the new building, alongside Narooma Kinema, will...
Remembering the days when country newspapers told Goulburn’s story
Community
Across Australia, country town newspapers are closing or remain under a cloud of uncertainty. The Goulburn Post has been suspended during COVID-19, leaving readers speculating about its long-term future. I was the editor from 1988, when some remarkable contributors turned the years that followed into a golden era for the paper and our town. The Post collaborated with the Rostrum Club,...
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