Community

Festival of Open Minds extends to Friday night film screening
What's On
The Festival of Open Minds has been inspired by a regional community that values shared conversation, personal reflection, the wisdom of experience, and FUN! A dynamic program of speakers has been assembled for Saturday, September 1 at the Bega Civic Centre, a TEDx style event that will have people talking. Inspired by the building momentum around the event, Iain Dawson,...
Yankees Gap Fire claims at least three homes, prepare now, more at risk
News
Those living in the midst of the Yankees Gap Road Fire are catching their breath and preparing themselves and the communities around them for the days ahead. Following Wednesday's flash point, firefighters have spent the hours since conducting back burning operations to slow the spread of the 3000-hectare fire. Three homes and five outbuildings have been destroyed by the flames...
Two homes lost in Yankees Gap Fire more still in harms way – prepare now!
News
Those living in the midst of the Yankees Gap Road Fire are catching their breath and preparing themselves and the communities around them for the days ahead. Following Wednesday's flash point, firefighters have spent the hours since conducting back burning operations to slow the spread of the 3000-hectare fire. Two homes and four outbuildings have been destroyed by the flames...
Narooma Lions & Merimbula Diggers highlight need for MND research
Sport
The Aussie Rules community in the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla will come together on Saturday (August 18) to remember two men who had a love for the game and their clubs and battled bravely with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). The Narooma Lions play host to the Merimbula Diggers; the footie will be the backdrop to an all-day fundraising event for the Fight...
Calm at Bemboka ahead of increasing wind
News
The sting in yesterday's weather died out overnight but the flames and smoke it created remain and will for some time. The Yankees Gap Road Fire at Bemboka, north-west of Bega is now twice the size of the fire that destroyed 65 homes at Tathra and surrounds five short months ago. The Rural Fire Service is following up this morning on...
Bemboka will be “a protracted fire, we will have to draw on a number of strategies to bring about containment.”
News
The darkness of night has hidden the thick column of smoke coming from the Yankees Gap Road Fire at Bemboka, but there will be no rest of those fighting the flames and those living around them. Water bombing helicopters moved in late in the day as winds dropped, at their peak, gusts reached 78km/hr, winds are expected to remain gusty...
Dignams Creek road upgrade on track despite York Civil trouble
News
The NSW Government has moved to secure the future of a major road project on the Far South Coast and the entitlements of contractors and workers. Member for Bega, Andrew Constance has announced Fulton Hogan will progress the Princes Highway upgrade at Dignams Creek between Cobargo and Narooma. York Civil, who had the job was placed into administration on August 6...
‘Play On!’ at Cooma Little Theatre, August 17 to September 1
Arts & Culture
Out of the depths of a Snowy Monaro winter, Cooma Little Theatre (CLT) is promising you a belly laugh with their next production, Rick Abbott's - ‘Play On!’ A play within a play, this is the story of an amateur theatre company putting on a drama performance and in short, things go wrong. The hilarious story revolves around the maddening interference from a...
Deputy Mayor calls for a slow down in Eurobodalla ‘Rural Lands’ process
News
Eurobodalla Deputy Mayor, Anthony Mayne is calling for a halt to the ongoing and long-running debate around the shire's strategy to manage farming land. Cr Mayne believes the implications are broader than just 'rural lands' and wants more people to have input, he's suggesting the community lacks confidence in the process that created the Rural Lands Strategy and needs to...
Oh what a night! The Eden Business and Community Awards
Community
A big crowd gathered on the western shores of Twofold Bay on Saturday night for the biennial Eden Business and Community Awards hosted by the Eden Chamber of Commerce. The sell out crowd of almost 200 stepped out in their finest threads with a touch of masquerade at the historic Seahorse Inn. The pearls and cufflinks in the audience added...
“Our Earth has lost a great man.” – Vale Tony Coote AM
Environment
Tony Coote AM, passed peacefully away on Wednesday 8th August. Coote leaves an enormous legacy in his visionary commitment to the Australian landscape. At a time when our thoughts are honed to devastating drought across large sections of Australia, Tony Coote was an outstanding leader in his work towards regenerating Australian landscapes. Coote AM, BSc. MBA was the founder of The Mulloon Institute...
More twists and turns in the future of Eden’s Hotel Australasia
News
The long history of the Hotel Australasia on Eden's main street has taken another twist, with the future of the derelict but much-loved watering hole again in limbo. Negotiations around the sale and restoration of the 113-year-old building were progressing with the successful tenderer -  Irisha and Rubycove Pty Ltd, but seemed to end abruptly late last month with Bega...
Eurobodalla Mayor’s Message – ‘Buy Local’
Opinion
Buy local. It’s an easy phrase to say, but how many of us are walking the talk? As the 2018 Eurobodalla Business Awards approach, let’s think local first. Give your local shops and your local suppliers an opportunity before heading online or out of the region. Give them a chance to sell you that dress or provide that kitchen quote....
Volunteer Grants open now for groups in Southern NSW
Community
Community organisations across Southern NSW work hard at pulling precious dollars together in order to support projects and services in towns and villages from Batemans Bay to Wonbyn, to Delegate, Tumut and Bredbo. Sauage sizzles, trivia nights, and raffles tickets go a long way but the real honey for volunteers is securing a government grant. Senator Jim Molan is encouraging local...
Local heroes to shine during Bega Valley Science Week
What's On
The Bega Valley’s growing scientific community is stepping up and stepping out to celebrate National Science Week. The Sapphire Coast Regional Science Hub will oversee an extraordinary program of experiments, displays and mind tingling fun at the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre. One of the national themes this year is ‘Game Changers and Change Makers’ referring to individuals, teams, technologies,...
Batemans Bay’s David Degning ‘devastated’ after losing appeal; deportation awaits
News
Freedom for David Degning has stalled with his appeal against deportation back to the United Kingdom rejected today by Justice Alan Roberston in the Federal Court. The father and grandfather from Batemans Bay will stay in the Villawood Detention Centre in Sydney for the time being. His lawyer, Stephen Blanks says Mr Degning and his family are devasted by today’s loss and...
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