A mighty concrete canvass for Wallendbeen
Community
Imaginative artists have teamed up with ambitious communities to paint massive murals on concrete silos throughout rural Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia. Since about 2015 their creations have filled stark outback skies with star-lit nights, red-breasted rosellas, working sheepdogs and larger-than-life pioneers. Tens of thousands of tourists travel to long-forgotten rail sidings, reviving the spirits of close-knit, one-pub places. These...
Special authority for NSW residents affected by bushfires to access essential medicines without a prescription
Community
NSW residents affected by the bushfire crisis will now be able to access a standard PBS or manufacturer's pack quantity of their prescription-only medicines (Schedule 4) without a prescription following the issuing of a special authority by the NSW Chief Health Officer. Under the special authority announced on Thursday night (9 January), NSW pharmacists will be able to supply people affected...
Adaminaby RFS backburning effort in Denison, Youak and Bolaro
News
The Adaminaby Rural Fire Brigade has been completing major strategic burns at Denison, Youak and Bolaro ahead of today's severe fire danger rating for the area. These areas will potentially be under threat by the out-of-control Adaminaby Complex, Doubtful Gap Trail and Good-Good fires today, all of which are currently at Advice level. "A number of fires are burning in remote terrain...
Back to evacuation center ahead of today’s forecast
Community
Mystery Bay is a small beachside community surrounded on three sides by bush, lush with mature spotted gums, with one small access road. Last week the community was threatened by the Badja Forest Fire and, after evacuating at short notice, resident Elizabeth Walton spent the week in the Narooma evacuation centre, along with 4,000 others, as ash rained down and...
Surviving the fires: “You can’t defend against this. It’s bigger than any of us”.
Community
The skies overhead were deep blood red and the southerly was roaring at gale force. Tree limbs, debris and ash showered across a road full of terrified animals. And as Sarah Nolan and her partner Matt fled to safety on Saturday night, they were confronting one of the harshest realities of this fire crisis. "Once we knew that they couldn't...
Fire sparks generous donations from South West Slopes communities
Community
The fires gripping the region have sparked an overwhelming show of support from individuals and businesses in Young, none more so than the town’s local supermarket. As bushfires gained momentum throughout NSW last week so too did local social media murmurings about assistance. It was Robert Donges and his family, owners of Donges Supa IGA, who were among the first...
New owner of Moruya Icecream Parlour keeps a cool head through fires
Community
Summer is usually peak business time for the South Coast of NSW, but the bushfire emergency has turned the region into a virtual war zone. One man has stepped into the fray and was quick to turn his hand to help out Moruya residents and emergency personnel. Shawn Gehrig moved from North Queensland arriving in Moruya on 20th December, having...
Time to take care of our community in a bushfire emergency
Opinion
Karyn Starmer is Region Media's business writer. She and her family live just outside Moruya. With our immediate emergency over, we make our way back home from our evacuation point in town. The sky is a dark yellow and a southerly wind is fanning fires all around. We are safe for now but we will need to remain on alert....
Coming together to witness and wait in the wind, watching the fires from Moruya
Community
Driving north into Moruya on Monday afternoon against streams of cars with their headlights on, I could almost feel the roads closing like gates behind me. Loaded with holiday gear and heading south to Brown Mountain on the Snowy Mountains Highway, these escapees from the Batemans Bay fire areas would have found the highway closed to them. Bega and Merimbula...
Seven coffee stops from Batemans Bay to Broulee
Food & Wine
From Batemans Bay to Broulee, get off the highway this holiday season and explore some excellent joints serving great coffee and fabulous flavours on the Eurobodalla Coast. Support business owners on our battle-weary coast this Summer and you will be rewarded with quality food and drinks, wonderful service and appreciation. Lisa Herbert has been out and about ... again. Crumb...
“Manage your blisters, I’ve seen some horrible sights,” – George Bass veteran Andrew Holt
Sport
The ocean is a natural focus for summer on the Far South Coast, but every two years that interest and view to the east gets an added hit of colour, movement and power with the George Bass Surf Boat Marathon. Thirty-six surf boats and 25 ski paddlers will take to the water at Batemans Bay on Sunday, December 29. Over...
World’s biggest Chook Raffle to help South Coast fire disaster
Community
It may not be a formal record (if there even is such a thing), but it will probably go close: the Eastlakes Club group in Canberra are holding what may well be the world's biggest chook raffle this weekend. The main aim is not to attract the attention of the Guinness Book of Records, but instead to help the many...
2019 Year in Review – Community
Community
Incredible achievements, stories of survival, practical tips, new playgrounds, where to take your jet ski, a powerful healing corroboree, and  the surprise visit of a luxury cruise ship in Batemans Bay were just some of the stories we brought you under the banner of community in 2019. Take a look back over the year that was in the About Regional community...
For the second time, Rainbow Wave to break on the Sapphire Coast
What's On
Following its first-year success, the far south coast's Rainbow Wave Festival is coming to Merimbula on 22 February 2020 and this time around, the event is free, public and will feature a Mardi Gras inspired parade! "Bega High School and Eden High School are both having floats in the parade. It's really special to me because I went to Eden...
Raising a great war horse called ‘Bill The Bastard’
Community
Earlier this month a small group of people from Harden-Murrumburrah set off in their cars and by train to Victoria for the running of the Jericho Cup. Their 1634-kilometre round trip to and from Warrnambool was quite a trek. Those on the train hired a car in Melbourne to complete their journey, while others made a holiday of it, taking...
The loneliness of the long distance paddler: Mel’s solo George Bass Challenge
Sport
Now in its 44th year, the gruelling George Bass Surfboat Marathon kicks off from Batemans Bay on 29 December. In what is hailed as the 'Longest, Toughest Surfboat Race in the World', competitors (both solo and in teams) will paddle and row their way from the Bay to Eden, over seven days (and seven legs), along 190 km of arguably the...
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