Sawyers historic timber mountain hut stands the test of time
Community
It’s taken 8000 brad nails, 2000 regular nails, 500 screws and 288 boards and battens, but Sawyers Hut is just a hammer whack from completion. The construction ticks off the first in a long list of Kosciuszko National Park buildings the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) earmarked for restoration after they were destroyed by fire in the black...
Volunteers needed to dig into history of Yass’ Cooma Cottage
Community
It's the sort of property that oozes history: from the driveway that slides down to the old brick stables, the main house and farm buildings to the majestic Clydesdale horses that look like they've always grazed around the property. Cooma Cottage at Yass looks like it has been there forever, and it almost has. It shows people today what rural...
Memorial immortalises fishermen killed by Japanese submarine off Moruya in WWII
Community
During World War II a Japanese submarine slinking its way along the Far South Coast fired on an unarmed fishing trawler off Moruya, resulting in the tragic deaths of three men onboard. Many do not know a Japanese submarine killed people that far south along Australia's eastern coastline, but this little-known story of local wartime history will be remembered in...
Collector artist shapes the art of everyday life into award-winning work
Arts & Culture
As a ceramic artist, Kate McKay always aims to make something beautiful over something useful - although she reckons it almost always ends up as something practical anyway. Regardless, there are worse things in life than drinking a cup of tea from a unique vessel made with skill and passion. The artist has just won the 2022 Veolia Creative Arts...
Bega council proposes expanding landfill days at Wolumla tip to deal with waste loads
Community
Bega Valley Shire Council is considering a proposal that could lead to a small increase in weekend traffic around the Wolumla waste facility. A combination of factors has resulted in abnormal amounts of waste pouring into shire tips. Council now wants the only landfill site that isn't full to take rubbish on an extra day of the week during the...
Wagga whipmaker part of the story at Stockman’s Hall of Fame
Community
Anthony Rennick is preparing to head north for the cold season. The Wagga whipmaker has been wintering in Longreach for over a decade now, moving his operation to the Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre where he is a living exhibit. "Years ago, the CEO at the time just asked me would I come up there and do...
Bungendore folk to make merry with Winter Solstice Biggest Bonfire
What's On
The Winter Solstice has been celebrated worldwide for thousands of years and across many cultures, but for Bungendore residents it's a time to come together around the fire, share stories, have a few drinks and celebrate a wonderful community. The town's annual Biggest Bonfire will light up at 6.30 pm on 25 June and everyone is invited to farewell winter...
Historic help needed to save Goulburn’s rich past from fading away
Community
A deluge of newspapers and photographic negatives recording decades of daily events in Goulburn has swamped local historians. They're calling for more volunteers to help catalogue records of the most memorable events in Goulburn’s recent history. Australian Community Media last year sold and vacated the Goulburn Post’s two-storey, art deco building in the main street, from where successive owners published...
Yoga helps surfer Priscilla Hensler give back rather than give up
Health & Wellbeing
Yoga saved Priscilla Hensler's life, but you might be surprised by her advice for others battling their own demons. "Find a trusted medical professional and follow their advice," she said. "Don’t listen to laymen, don't go to the internet. Be patient and don't be afraid of medication." Priscilla provided many people who grew up in the Eurobodalla in the 1990s...
Berrima residents’ group blasts jail sale ‘lock-out’
Community
A Southern Highlands residents' group has criticised the NSW Government for selling the historic Berrima Jail without adequate community consultation. The Jail, described by the Berrima Residents Association as the "jewel in the Southern Highlands crown", was sold this month for $7 million to Joseph Wehbe who runs sports management company the Blue Sox group. President of the association Eric...
‘Have Your Say’ on plans for new Merimbula retail and residential complex
Community
Local community and residents have been encouraged to have their say on plans for a proposed new retail and residential complex to be developed in Merimbula. The development application proposes to demolish and redevelop the existing site at 29-33 Market Street and increase the building's maximum height. Community Environment and Planning acting director Emily Harrison said a proposal for mixed-use development...
Community, businesses urged to show support for LGBTQIA+ people this Pride Month
Community
The Eurobodalla's mayor has joined the nationwide call urging the community to show its support for LGBTQIA+ people this Pride Month. Pride Month runs every June and, according to UN Youth Australia, celebrates the diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community. It also provides a time to reflect on how far civil rights have progressed in half...
From Angels roadie to ‘Wabi-Sabi’ furniture manufacturer
Community
It was the early 70s and Ross Triffitt was at a loose end. After a brief stint selling furniture in Wagga and then Real Estate in Sydney, Ross was on a train home when his rock and roll moment arrived. "This guy came in sat down and we started talking and turned out it was John Brewster. They were...
SPARK set to ignite career prospects for region’s young people
Community
School wasn't really the place for Jake Stockeld. The young Yass man had left at age 15, certain that he didn't want to stay there but less sure about where he wanted life to take him. "School wasn't really for me but since leaving I didn't have much direction or idea of what I wanted to do," he said. That...
Huw’s 50-day alpine odyssey a ‘journey about passion’
Community
A man familiar with unimaginably wild expeditions in even wilder parts of the world is set to ski the length of Australia’s alpine region this winter. Over about 50 days in mid-winer, 59-year-old Huw Kingston will cover uncountable kilometres in unknown conditions from Mt Baw Baw in Victoria hopefully winding up in the heart of the ACT. But not to...
Power of motherhood drives Bay personal trainer in new direction
Community
It's no secret that babies change everything, but personal trainer Kate Turtiainen didn't expect her firstborn to have such a dramatic impact on her business. Kate is no stranger to hard work. After she finished school, she couch-surfed in Sydney while she got her personal training qualifications before moving home and working four jobs to get a start. A couple...
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