Rare super pod of humpback whales sighted off Sapphire Coast
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A pod of up to 100 whales has recently been spotted off the NSW Sapphire Coast. Dubbed a 'super pod', it is only the second time such a large congregation has been sighted in Australian waters, with the previous sighting being in the same waters in 2020. Stunning images of the pod were captured by marine scientists with tour operators...
A sweet surprise: Robyn Rowe retires but her chocolates and name will live on
Community
What's in a name? A lot, according to Yasmin Coe, who will retain the Robyn Rowe Chocolates name cherished for nearly two decades by Yass Valley residents. The chocolatier and her husband, former ACT Opposition Leader Alistair Coe, purchased the popular business, separate four-bedroom cottage and surrounding 9.6 hectares on Nanima Road in Murrumbateman in May 2021. Yasmin says the...
Spring donations will have double the impact for country students
Community
By donating to the Country Education Foundation of Australia (CEF) during September and October, your generosity can double the assistance for young people in surrounding rural regions. Country students and their families have been hit hard by bushfires, drought and floods, and now the COVID-19 pandemic has added to the financial barriers many already face when it comes to education and training....
Frederick Young, the Queanbeyan man who built Canberra
Community
A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into building our national capital. Architect Sir Walter Burley Griffin is well known, as is King O’Malley, the Home Affairs Minister who laid the Foundation Stone for Canberra in 1913. But who remembers Frederick Young? People living in Young Street, Queanbeyan, may wonder how it got its name. Worshippers at St John’s...
Emma’s Koby proves her pedigree in trans-Tasman challenge
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A Coolac woman and her dog have come close to rounding up top honours in a competition to find the hardest working dog coast to coast and across the Tasman. Emma Stocks will tell you she and her black and tan kelpie Koby – with the most beautiful eyebrows – weren’t even close to winning, but their second placing in...
Notes from the Kitchen Garden: Spring is here, but don’t bolt with your veggies
Community
Early spring can be an exciting and active time for vegetable gardeners. We need to be out there laying out beds for new planting and refreshing existing beds: adding compost, manure, blood and bone, lime and a complete organic fertiliser so our late spring and summer plantings get off to a good start. The bad news is that we get...
When it comes to local heroes, Yass prescribes its local chemist
Community
The first time Andrew Douglas discovers his community reckons he is a local hero will probably be when he reads this article. And like most local heroes, he'll probably think it should be about someone else. The owner and operator of Priceline Pharmacy at Yass always puts other people first, especially his customers, most of who he knows by name,...
Everything is on the table: Kristy McBain will read winning youth speech in parliament
Community
Whether they're passionate about education, employment, mental health or climate change, young people in the Eden-Monaro region have an opportunity to have their voices heard in Federal Parliament next month. Member for Eden-Monaro Kristy McBain has committed to reading a speech written by a young local on the floor of parliament and is encouraging people aged under 21 to get...
Plenty going on behind the scenes at Wagga’s Zoo and Aviary
Community
The gates at Wagga Wagga’s Zoo and Aviary may be closed to the public due to the state’s lockdown, but there is still plenty going on behind the scenes at the Botanic Gardens facility. Work on the current rehabilitation and upgrade projects at the zoo have stepped up over the past few weeks and they are nearing completion. Wagga Wagga...
#CoolQueanbeyan celebrates Q-town’s mid-century quirks
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Sometimes it takes a fresh pair of eyes to see what’s right in front of you. It can be hard to pin down an aesthetic of a place, the look and feel, the vibe, the patina. One person can walk straight past what another may stop and wonder at. That aesthetic can be made up of lots of small things....
Goulburn mindful of the need to care for its young
Community
At a time of turmoil everywhere, a tranquil space for mindfulness has just sprouted - in the centre of Goulburn. An initiative of the Goulburn-Mulwaree Youth Council, the mindfulness garden has opened in the city's Victoria Park, complete with a conversation pit and a garden area where people of all ages can relax, talk or just experience the tranquillity. Youth Mayor...
Digital platform that celebrates First Nations culture launched with links to south east
Arts & Culture
A new learning platform for school students which was trialled in south east NSW and Canberra has been launched to celebrate First Nations culture. NEO-Learning is designed to give all Australian primary school teachers and students access to First Nations digital arts content and lessons, and was piloted in Cobargo, Braidwood and at the Canberra Hospital School. It was co-created by First...
Bega Valley students have recycling wrapped up
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Young waste warriors from Eden to Cobargo are proving landfill is a load of rubbish as part of a new recycling education program. Kids from schools across the Bega Valley Shire have been working to reduce school landfill waste through the 'Let’s Get it Sorted' program delivered by the Bournda Environmental Education Centre. Bega Valley Shire Council's waste strategy coordinator,...
Looking for something to spice up your exercise? Maybe this will make you ’appy!
Community
If you are out and about in the Queanbeyan-Palerang local government area (LGA) for your exercise during COVID-19 lockdown, why not make it really count by doing your bit for wildlife recovery? Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) has partnered with one of Australia's largest citizen-science platforms, NatureMapr, to collect species sightings data from across its LGA. The NatureMapr app is a...
When it comes to heritage, Goulburn has it all over Canberra
Community
Canberra is a city of 400,000 people that has everything except the one thing in which Goulburn excels: history. Few newcomers to the heritage city appreciate this more than Adrian and Serena Beresford-Wylie. They have lived in several Australian capital cities, including Canberra, where they met at university. They plan to retire in Goulburn and enjoy the historic attributes and...
Online shopping is helping Yass Valley community survive lockdown
Community
If you live in the Yass Valley and can't get into town, the best of town can now come to you.Yass Valley Council has just launched an online business and services directory which shows locals what's available and what it costs while being COVID-19 safe at the same time. The new Yass Valley Local Business Directory features a diverse range...
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