How buying a box of beer can have a tangible impact on the planet
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A recent initiative from the team at Capital Brewing Co has seen them partner with local charity Keep it Cool to 're-green' the Snowy Monaro region this winter. The premise of the 'Trees for Tomorrow' initiative is simple: from every case of Capital beer purchased in the region this winter, one tree will be planted in the Snowy Mountains to...
Canadian firefighter moves to South Coast after assisting with bushfires
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When Kevin Parkinson flew to Australia to assist with the Black Summer bushfires, he didn’t think he’d be calling the country home 12 months later. However, it didn’t take long for the Canadian firefighter to convince his wife and children to move to the NSW South Coast after showing them photos and sharing stories of how amazing the locals were...
Queen’s Birthday honours recipient Jules McConnel reaches lofty heights
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When Jules McConnel first leapt out of a plane 26 years ago, little did she know the sport of skydiving would take her to the lofty heights of an Order of Australia Medal. The Moruya woman was one of just over 1000 Australians recognised for outstanding efforts in their field as part of this year's Queen's Birthday Honours List. Jules...
Plea for parliamentary petition signatures on level-crossing safety as deadline looms
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While a report is being prepared for a coronial inquest into the deaths of two men at a railway crossing near Bribbaree in February 2021, the fiance of one of those killed is appealing to all NSW residents to support a petition for NSW Parliament. At around 5:00 pm on 23 February, Ethan Hunter, 27, and Mark Fenton, 50, were...
Push for new skatepark in Merimbula to replace current, ‘unsafe’ park
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Locals say the Merimbula Skatepark is badly in need of repairs and a recent fundraiser has given a massive boost to those hoping to redevelop the park. Sapphire Coast Skatepark Association (SCSA) president Pete O'Keefe said the skatepark, which is at the town's Berrambool Oval, was unsafe, run down and one of the worst-rated skateparks in Australia. He said rain...
Haley’s new direction sees her become a friend to the dying
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Crookwell's Haley Snape will soon join an emerging profession in Australia as an end of life doula. The word “doula” originally came from a Greek word meaning “woman's servant”. Doulas are trained, non-medical professionals who provide continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to women before, during and after childbirth, to facilitate the best possible birth experience. Just like birth doulas,...
Sword fighting wields friendship and wellbeing in Gunning
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Step inside Gunning Scout Hall on the right night and you may think you've been transported back in time to the middle of a Napoleonic battle. Meet Daniel Wise, Gunning's constable who trains the local sword fighter club. The group's six active members and three casuals are part of the Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) community and learn from a...
Bega Valley Shire Council’s Black Summer recovery response recognised for excellence
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After battling bushfires, floods and the global COVID-19 pandemic, Bega Valley Shire Council has had its work in disaster recovery and response recognised for excellence by its peers. Council was honoured with the Disaster Recovery/Emergency Response Management (Population Under 100,000) Award – largely for its work during and after the Black Summer bushfires – at the NSW Local Government Excellence Awards held in...
Regional businesses follow ACT’s lead in preparing for single-use plastics ban
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Eurobodalla Shire is following the ACT's lead by helping local businesses find alternatives to single-use plastics. The nationwide ban on some single-use plastics is set to take effect in 2025 although the Federal Government will begin to phase out some types of plastic and polystyrene sooner in order to meet the target. Items such as plastic bags; any products termed...
Guiding light through fear and joy of new life
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Having just finished her last shift as a midwife at Goulburn Base Hospital recently, Di Green replied to a flood of well-wishers who are grateful for her work ethic, wisdom and dedication. “Remember,” she wrote back, “you grow into midwifery one woman and baby at a time.” Looking back, Di estimates she helped thousands of women give birth. “I have done...
Binalong struck by dance fever ahead of community fundraiser
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The country town of Binalong in the NSW Southern Tablelands has been struck by dance fever with village residents busy warming up ahead of the inaugural Dancing with the Locals. Ten locals or five dance partners will cha-cha-cha their way into the limelight during a three-minute routine on Friday, 18 June to raise funds for Binalong Community Club. Organiser and...
Free legal help for farmers and small businesses after fires
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Free legal help is available for farmers and small business owners affected by the 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires in South East NSW. Those on the Far South Coast and in the Snowy Mountains who have not resolved legal matters arising from the fires can talk to their local solicitor about accessing free advice through the Commonwealth-funded Bushfire Legal Aid Scheme. Under the...
Young blacksmith Freddy Gaffey, 12, forges his own backyard business
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At an age when most kids are glued to their screens, Freddy Gaffey is out the back in the cubby he's converted into a blacksmith shop working at his homemade forge. The year seven student has set up his own sculpture and blacksmithing business, Freddy's Forge, and already employs his younger brother Jim to remove nails from the horseshoes he...
WinterSun Festival in Merimbula to warm hearts and souls over June long weekend
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After an annual South Coast music festival was cancelled, organising for the WinterSun Festival began to bring entertainment and fun to Merimbula this upcoming Queen's birthday long weekend from 11-13 June. Named WinterSun in recognition of the beautiful, sunny weather the South Coast experiences during winter, the festival will feature a range of mostly outdoor activities from a group 'salty...
Meet the 91-year-old Narooma photographer who’s still snapping
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Peter Robinson, 91, has seen most of his life through a camera lens. His father gifted him a $2 box camera in his teens, however the film was reserved for special occasions such as family holidays. Home was South London and film was a rare commodity during World War II. Peter's passion truly developed when he joined the Royal Air...
Old country railway line tracking toward rehabilitation
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The reactivation of Cowra Lines is a step closer with a global engineering company now appointed to develop a concept design that will investigate options to reinstate the Blayney to Demondrille rail line. Last week NSW Regional Transport and Roads Minister Paul Toole said the work would examine reinstatement costs and ongoing viability of the 179-kilometre line to deliver future freight...
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