Bill’s personality nailed hardware market
Community
The Saturday morning sausage sizzle has fizzled in locked-down Melbourne. Shopping at a hardware store wearing a mask is sterile and coldly efficient. Under the click-and-collect model, you drive into a car park and goods bought online are put into your boot. My mind races back to Goulburn, to the dusty timber yards and paint shops that popped up like...
Farmers struggle to secure contractors for ‘bumper’ harvest
News
Crop farmers are celebrating a bumper season in southeast NSW, but worry there won't be enough workers during harvest. Andrew Daley said he's never seen so much growth during winter in his 14 years as an agronomist, covering from West Wyalong to Goulburn, down to Wagga Wagga and up to Cowra. "We've had a mild winter with very few big...
Bega Valley parents join nationwide push for solar-powered schools and daycares
Community
Bega Valley parents are among thousands who have signed an open letter asking Prime Minister Scott Morrison to provide federal funding for the installation of solar panels and batteries in schools and early childhood centres around Australia. The Solar Our Schools initiative, led by Australian Parents for Climate Action, aims to reduce emissions, aid the green economic recovery after COVID-19, and...
New club making waves at Malua Bay
Community
A new generation of grommets is making waves at McKenzies Beach as part of a boardriders' group raising spirits and building competition skills south of Batemans Bay. Malua Boardriders Inc first started back in 1984, when self-confessed waxheads saw a need for talented youngsters to get some tips on surf competitions before being unleashed on the wider world. The small...
Wyndham’s Saarinen Organics wins big at AusMumpreneur Awards
Business
Kay Saarinen still doesn't know who nominated her organic skincare business, Saarinen Organics, for the 2020 AusMumpreneur Awards, which were held online on Tuesday, 9 September. The business placed first in the handmade excellence category, second in the sustainable business category, second in the product excellence category, and third in the regional business excellence category. "It never occurred to me that...
A trio of silver anniversaries at Broulee
Community
One of the very first residents to move into Banksia Villages' retirement villas, in 1995, was June Rourke, who is now aged 101. June cherishes all the friendships she has made in the past quarter of a century at the retirement village in Broulee, on the NSW South Coast, as well as at Carroll College and Broulee Public School, which...
Batemans Bay couple wins $60,000 tropical wedding
Community
Following a devastating start to the year, a Batemans Bay couple has won an incredible $60,000 wedding package in Port Douglas for themselves and 50 guests. After almost losing their home at Jeremadra in the Black Summer bushfires, Jayde Theodore proposed to his partner, Harri Colbert, on 13 June to inject a little sunshine into what had been a tragic...
Fields of gold await the adventurous
Community
If you want a reason go bush with the kids, there is no better time than now as fields of gold await. Just two hours from Canberra is a veritable smorgasbord of delights that follow a yellow-lined road called the Canola Trail. Located north of Wagga Wagga, the Canola Trail offers a range of routes which allow you to explore...
Anger rises over Kenmore neglect, vandalism
Community
Four years ago, the new owner of Kenmore Hospital in Goulburn, Australia China International, pledged to revive the place, involve the community and be transparent. Member for Hume Angus Taylor stood alongside company representatives for a photograph in the Goulburn Post newspaper in 2016 and said: “Everyone here would love to see Kenmore developed and it is my job to see...
“As safe as a car and as fun as a motorbike”: Great Southern Trike Tours Eden are back
Business
Like so many businesses, 2020 has come with its fair share of setbacks for Shane Bullock and Mandy Buxton, who started their Eden-based business, Great Southern Trike Tours, just weeks before bushfires broke out along the NSW South Coast. Shane, a Fire and Rescue NSW firefighter, says he spent the next few months "putting wet stuff on hot stuff." Now,...
Two thumbs up for wildlife sanctuary
Community
Two Thumbs Wildlife Trust's James Fitzgerald has received a $5000 grant from the Snowy Monaro Regional Council's Disaster Recovery Funding program to help rebuild his animal sanctuary after it was destroyed in the past summer's bushfires. Mr Fitzgerald lost his home and 16 years of work when the Good Good bushfire destroyed the Two Thumbs Wildlife Trust's sanctuary at Peak...
Grants to help businesses recover after Black Summer fires
Business
Small to medium businesses in the Eurobodalla impacted by the Black Summer bushfires can now apply for grants of up to $5000. With $200,000 of Federal Government disaster recovery funding, Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Business Resilience Grants program can be used for business marketing support, online and e-commerce development, business expansion, efficiency and growth, business development, and business-based events. Phase two...
What will Father’s Day look like for families separated by borders?
Community
The pandemic is a running topic at the office, around the dinner table, and in news bulletins, but are we talking enough about the social impact of COVID-19, particularly for those separated from their families by state and international border closures? A survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics found that three in four Australians had weekly face-to-face contact with...
How a Legatee inspired a Boorowa war widow’s legacy 50 years on
Community
Losing your husband at the age of 28 is hard to imagine, but it was a reality for Joan Birnie of Rye Park, near Boorowa. Fortunately, she was introduced to Colonel 'Blue' Hodgkinson of Legacy Australia not long after Tom Birnie was killed during the Vietnam War in the 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, in 1971. 'Blue' was on hand...
Bemboka community asked to choose site for new sculpture
Arts & Culture
Bega Valley Shire Council is asking Bemboka residents to choose a permanent site for an award-winning sculpture gifted to the village. Residents can vote on a choice of two sites for the sculpture, Landed, by 13 September. Landed was created by Moruya artist Thomas Westra, and won the Sculpture Bermagui competition in 2019. It features an eagle landing with legs stretched...
‘You should give back to the community’: Goulburn’s Riding for the Disabled volunteer honoured
Community
'Volunteers needed' read the sign that caught Jo Grove's attention in 2016. It was by Goulburn's Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), a group that provides therapeutic and recreational classes for children living with disabilities. "I researched the group and discovered what a unique service it is to the community," says Jo. "I thought I'd like to give volunteering a...
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