Knowledge keepers – protecting native habitats
Community
Most of us understand the importance of nature conservation, but less is known about the native environment we live in and the plant species under threat or extinct in our area. It’s a sobering thought when we understand that without native habitats, our environment won’t survive. However, thanks to a small band of dedicated ‘knowledge keepers’, who are willing to...
Bushfire stories to recognise the full and varied impact of March 18
Arts & Culture
As the Bega Valley steps forward bravely in its recovery from the March 18 bushfires, the power of storytelling is coming into play with a new project aimed at capturing the history and humanity of this event. The idea comes from people across the region who in some shape or form have been touched by the flames that moved through...
Moruya’s Granite Town music festival announces 2018 line-up
What's On
Moruya might just be home to the best-kept secret on the Australian music festival circuit - Granite Town! Now in its fifth year, Granite Town is a community run, not for profit festival, and an evolution of the long-running Moruya Jazz Festival. ‘Moruya’s Funky Little Festival’ has just announced this year’s line-up and it doesn’t get much funkier than this:...
Bega High School draws on community support and responsibility
News
The leadership of Bega High School have asked the school community to share in the responsibility of ensuring the safety and well-being of all. In a letter addressed to parents and carers and given to students to take home today, Principal Linda Thurston said, "In moving forward from this incident I request the support and consideration of students, staff, and...
Bega Valley Innovation Hub charts a new future for regional youth
News
"Kids in the Bega Valley are just as capable as kids in Silicon Valley; we can dream up enterprises that have global significance," says Liam O’Duibhir of 2pi Software and InTo IT Sapphire Coast. Speaking to About Regional, a joyful Mr O'Duibhir beamed as he shared news that the Turnbull Government was about to supercharge regional innovation. A $382,000 grant to establish...
NSW Budget drives generational change – Constance and Barilaro
News
The Member's for Monaro and Bega are heralding this week's NSW Budget as one that is making generational differences to communities from Durras to Eden to Jindabyne to Queanbeyan. “The funding announced in this budget will set in stone many key projects that will transform the Monaro for generations to come,” Monaro MP and Deputy Premier John Barilaro says. “At...
A blue print for regional prosperity by futurist Bernard Salt
Community
Social researcher and futurist Bernard Salt has provided local councils from around Australia with a blueprint to future prosperity. "The first thing is very easy and doesn't cost anything - it's unity, a galvanised community makes a powerful difference to your ability to do stuff, to deliver stuff," Mr Salt told the 875 delegates at the National General Assembly of...
Batemans Bay Marine Park rezoning to allow more recreational fishing
News
Batemans Bay Marine Park is among ten ocean beach and headland sites across four marine parks that have been rezoned to allow recreational line fishing, effectively halving the length of the NSW coast with top-level environmental protection. NSW Department of Primary Industries Deputy Director General, Fisheries, Dr Geoff Allan, announced the downgrading of protection last week saying, “the decision to...
Health care with an artistic twist at South East Regional Hospital, Bega
Health & Wellbeing
  South East Arts (SEA) has turned the South East Regional Hospital in Bega into a music venue. The next lunchtime concert in the 'Uplift - live music and art program' is this Thursday (June 21) featuring well known local talent Andy O'Donnell and Corrine Gibbons. The first of the monthly concerts was held in February; an idea that forms part of SEA's arts...
Looking after country – fire comes back to Tathra to heal and safeguard
Community
Fire will be reintroduced to the Tathra landscape this week, 14 weeks after dozens of firefighters rushed to the town to try and extinguish flames that went on to destroy 65 homes and damage many more. Parts of the forest to the west of Tathra will be re-burnt by the Bega Local Aboriginal Land Council’s (Bega LALC) Cultural Burning Team...
Bullying from within – a top issue for women in local government
News
A Councillor from South East NSW has suggested that 'bullying' is an issue Local Government needs to address in order to protect existing women Councillors and encourage a new generation of leaders. Speaking on the opening morning of the National General Assembly of Local Government in Canberra, the Bega Valley Shire's Jo Dodds told the 875 delegates at the National Convention Centre...
Local Government from around Oz in Canberra to bang the drum
News
Mayors, Councilors, and senior staff from shires and cities across Australia are in Canberra for the Local Government sectors annual get together - The National General Assembly of Local Government. President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), David O'Loughlin says for more than two decades the Assembly has identified, examined, and debated the most important issues and challenges facing councils...
Canberra Airport builds export hub for regional producers
News
A South Australian freight handler is partnering with Canberra Airport to help produce from the ACT and Southern NSW to the tables of Asia and the Middle East and is keen to continue the airport's development as an export hub. Pak Fresh Handling has a strong track record in its home state, working with Adelaide Airport to handle the export...
“Passion into action” Thunder and Dust hits the screen highlighting speedway history
Arts & Culture
Dust and thunder from a regional speedway has roared across the big screen in Canberra, ahead of the documentary's first screening within the community that inspired it. For Bega Valley filmmakers Andrew Moore and Fiona Scott, "Thunder and Dust" has been a five-year passion centred around Sapphire Speedway, west of Candelo. Friday (June 8) nights screening with the ANU Film Group...
Murramarang and Ben Boyd walking tracks to get a $12 million upgrade
Environment
Access to some of the region's special places is being improved with the NSW Government spending almost $12 million in Murramarang and Ben Boyd National Parks. $8 million will be spent on the Light to Light Walk that links Ben Boyd's Tower with the Greencape Lighthouse, south of Eden. It's money that will also allow walkers to push on to the...
Lake Wapengo’s wild organic oysters rock
Community
If you've ordered oysters at Ben Willis's Aubergine or Temporada restaurants in Canberra recently, then chances are they've been sourced from Wapengo Rocks Wild Organic Oysters on the South Coast. The first certified organic Rock Oyster farm in Australia, Wapengo Rocks is the brainchild of a former NSW ambulance officer who swapped the high-intensity life of an intensive care paramedic to be...
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