Meet the grain growers who refused to let Cunningar die
Community
People’s enterprise knows no bounds in the Harden farming community. At the peak of summer’s annual harvest, when drivers waited in the blazing heat to unload their wheat at the Cunningar silos east of town, children would go from truck to truck selling them icy-cold drinks. About five years ago the imposing concrete silos and rail siding inspired landscape artist...
Batemans Bay’s Clare Lovelace – building a tribe to walk with towards the future
Community
For Soul Tribe Studio owner Clare Lovelace, the success of a modern small business is about more than its bottom line. In a world that’s awakening to the drawbacks of consumerism and individualism, Clare sees her Batemans Bay yoga studios as a conduit for connection and a force for good. “Our measures of success have become about having a lot...
“Together Brings Strength” – Bawley Point residents pull together in fire emergency
News
What would you do? Stay or leave. This question has been weighing heavily on the shoulders of Bawley Point residents for the last couple days as the heat of the Currowan Fire intensifies on the village north of Batemans Bay. Ellena McTavish was going to wait it out but says "we evacuated yesterday when it got too hectic. The plan...
Greedy Smith plays last gig in the Bega Valley – “he was like family.”
News
Australian music great Greedy Smith has died after what has turned out to be his last gig in a community described as his "adopted second home." The Mental As Anything frontman suffered a heart attack in his car in Sydney just a day or so after playing at the Band Together Music Festival at Wolumla in the Bega Valley on...
Light Up Cobargo – this Friday
Community
Cobargo's annual celebration of Christmas and community has a fresh vibrant feel. For many years 'Light Up Cobargo' has signalled a start to the festive season for residents and visitors, this year promises to be bigger than ever. The main street of Cobargo, north of Bega, will again come alive this Friday (December 6) with people browsing market stalls, dipping...
Gardening in dry times – tips from Perma-Queen Kathleen McCann
Community
Everything is so dry. We are now living (and some of our most beautiful plants and animals only just living!) in very difficult conditions in South East NSW. What can we do to help keep our plants alive and our vegetable gardens healthy and hearty? Here are a few go-to techniques and idea that have helped me ride out dry...
First Nations dancing as one, Yuin Nation gathers community
Community
Sunday (December 1) marked Australia's largest and most powerful healing corroboree in living history. Nation Dance called First Nations people together to dance at 1:00 pm, wherever they were across this wide continent. "Over 60 organised events took place across Australia, New Zealand, Nigeria and North America. Any Indigenous Australians in prisons across the nation were also permitted to dance...
Batemans Bay Police investigate three public shootings
News
An investigation is underway following three public shootings in and around Batemans Bay over the last 24 hours. South Coast Police District Commander, Superintendent Greg Moore say this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated. “We have had three separate incidents in the space of a few hours where firearms have been held or discharged,” Superintendent Moore says. At about...
“We can’t stop this fire” – Ken Hall, Rural Fire Service
News
There were mixed feelings at the Long Beach Rural Fire Brigade this morning (2 December) as residents of northern Eurobodalla villages were told to prepare for the approaching Currowan Fire. Rural Fire Service Deputy Incident Controller Ken Hall received a warm welcome from the crowd who were eager to hear the latest update. "We can't stop this fire. It is so...
“Outstanding work from all the firies” – our firefighting heroes stand tall
Community
"It's been absolutely outstanding work from all the firies," says Goulburn-based NSW Fire and Rescue duty commander Dean Campbell as he literally inhales a sandwich and bottle of water for lunch on Sunday (1 December). Around him and his firefighting brothers from the NSW Rural Fire Service and NSW Fire and Rescue units are the smells of a burnt land...
Ideas for driving emissions down to assist with Eurobodalla climate adaptation
Environment
With fires raging up and down the East Coast, temperature records being broken and our rivers running dry, many in the community are asking for action and leadership from all levels of government. Members of the Eurobodalla community have just attended a council workshop held in response to moves for Eurobodalla Shire Council to declare a climate emergency. Council’s Manager...
Bega Valley celebration of the generations empowers young and old
Community
"We're going on a bear hunt, we're going to catch a big one," Hayley Reynolds and her gaggle of tiny tots sing. Gloria, who is just a handful of years away from her 100th and a resident of Hugh Cunningham Gardens at Tura Beach watches on. Gloria doesn't realise yet but the bear Hayley and her dozen or so preschoolers are...
Southern Tablelands initiative recognised for innovative agriculture
Economy
With the implications of climate change growing louder in community consciousness, one group has been concentrating on land, soil and food production in innovative ways. ‘Land to Market Australia’ (L2MA), based on the NSW Southern Tablelands, has been named Grand Champion of the 2019 NSW Landcare Awards for the Australian Government Innovation in Agriculture Award. The 2019 Landcare Awards, presented...
Chook Chat with Cheryl Nelson – The best medicine for Summer health
Community
Keeping our chickens healthy is really important. Our motto at Natural Chicken Health is that prevention is better than a cure. Chickens need vitamins, minerals, good nutrition, and like us, they need low stressors and sufficient rest. There are physical measures we can take to support the lives of our chooks and help prevent disease: The number of chooks to...
Band Together 2 – “And it felt so good, I wanna do it again.”
News
There is something joyous and unworldly about 1,200 people singing 'Eagle Rock' in unison - without fault and without self-consciousness. Big events and culture do that. Band Together 2 and Ross Wilson did that last night (November 30). But only after a stellar line up of local and national acts had primed the audience of young and old. The day...
A momentous gathering of the Yuin Nation to heal country and spirit
News
Gulaga Mountain is the place of ancestral origin within the mythology of the Yuin People, she is the mother of Yuin Man, and many believe the mother of all man. This Sunday, December 1, Tilba Sportsground in the shadow of Gulaga, will be the setting for a historic gathering of the Yuin Nation, a bunaan, or corroboree, a coming together to...
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