Hilltops to celebrate Chinese heritage
What's On
March is the month the Hilltops Region comes alive to the colour, vibrancy and traditions of the Chinese culture when thousands gather in Young for the Lambing Flat Chinese Festival. An event that celebrates the contribution of the Chinese to Australia, the festival also ties into the town’s early gold rush days, circa 1860s, when Chinese miners came to the...
$600,000 to help senior citizens in Goulburn
News
The NSW Government has put in $600,000 to help lonely seniors in the Goulburn electorate become more social and make friends in a bid to help the older community tackle isolation. The Staying Social Grants Program is open to encourage organisations to create local programs for older people, supporting projects that help older people connect with each other and create...
Braidwood Apprentice sparkles at World Skills
Community
For a town full of artisans, Braidwood has now produced an award-winning gem of an apprentice in the jewellery trade. Jeweller Logan Preston has just completed his apprenticeship under William Verdon Manufacturing Jeweller in Braidwood and has recently won the State World Skills Challenge for Jewellery. For a town of around 1600 residents, Braidwood boasts three main street jewellers and...
Local regenerative farmers will lead the way at Albury national conference
Environment
Regenerative agriculture specialists from across the South East are among a program of speakers and participants at a national conference on farming and ecological health. The ‘Farming Matters’ 2020 Conference and Field Days, to be held in Albury on March 24 and 25, will address the theme ‘For our Love of the Land’ and will be headlined by global holistic...
The ‘exotic weeds’ that saved a Braidwood truffle forest from destruction
Environment
Peter Marshall has never been afraid to stir the pot. He reckons that decades of experience as a silviculturist, some impeccable qualifications in forestry and a globally successful truffle-growing operation back him up pretty solidly. Peter has long argued that a focus on exclusively native planting is misguided: he goes as far as to call it a "nativist pogrom", and...
Musical theatre ‘Revue for Recovery’ supporting Braidwood after the bushfires
What's On
In a musical theatre first, acts from 12 of Canberra and Queanbeyan’s finest musical theatre companies will share the stage at the Bicentennial Hall in Queanbeyan tomorrow night (7 March). Stagecenta ACT, in association with Freemasons NSW/ACT (represented by Queanbeyan St Andrew Masonic Lodge), is presenting this one night only musical theatre event to raise money for Braidwood following the summer bushfires. “While many of...
Meet Goulburn’s community gardeners growing prize-winning produce
Community
Each Saturday morning on an old tennis court in the middle of Goulburn, community gardeners serve up a recipe for winning every game, set and match. Aces are recorded by produce not points, and the pick of it all will be on exhibition this weekend (7 and 8 March) at the 2020 Goulburn Show. The garden is the Goulburn Community...
Cycling Canberra to Dubbo for mental health
Community
If you’re out and about the South West Slopes this weekend, be aware of the scores of pedalling feet taking part in the Zoo2Zoo bike ride in aid of the Black Dog Institute. With an increase of 22 riders this year, they have already exceeded their fundraising goal of $100,000 and are now just focused on getting to Dubbo safely,...
Mogo and Moruya businesses forge on
Business
Even before fire consumed 10 out of 25 main street shops in the village of Mogo and numerous other businesses, the business community were developing the kind of camaraderie that would see them through the disaster - they just didn't know it. "We do have regular meetings but they aren't formal," chuckles chamber of commerce president Richard Adams "we usually...
New rail trail a timely salve for tourism
Community
Here’s an opportunity to take a walk on the wild side by heading up to the mountains for the opening of a highly anticipated rail trail which runs through the bush and lush green countryside from Tumbarumba to Rosewood. The 22-kilometre rail trail – the realisation of a long-held dream of the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail Committee – is...
Lorraine’s dedication to history (and olives) is yielding a golden harvest for Harden
Community
A small olive grove planted in Harden Murrumburrah 22 years ago is fulfilling Greek mythology, of rich fruits and golden harvests, while its owners' fascination with local history is also yielding rich fruit. Lorraine and Michael Brown planted 400 saplings and continued planting for several years until 2000 silver-leafed trees were rising and spreading. A long-term venture, the olives have already...
Emergency staff named Canberra Citizens of the Year for bushfire campaign
Community
All emergency services staff and personnel have been named Canberra's Citizens of the Year for their valiant and consistent effort in the Territory’s most challenging bushfire season since 2003. Volunteers and staff from the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) and ACT Parks and Conservation (P&C) were recognised by Chief Minister Andrew Barr at the Arboretum today following a campaign bushfire...
Weekend festivities a windfall for fire-affected
Community
From the dust came food, wine and frolic on 21-23 February in Tumbarumba as thousands of visitors from throughout Australia joined locals to celebrate everything the small mountain town has to offer. As sobering as the drive in may have been, with towering eucalypts, miles of pine forest and debris silently bearing the dark scars of the calamitous January bushfires,...
Canberra crafters find a way to remake Christmas
Community
Juanita Watters' parents' house at Cobargo survived the bushfire that almost destroyed the town on New Year's Eve. Juanita had travelled from her home in Canberra after the fire to help her parents, who did lose some external buildings, bushland and an arboretum they had been cultivating for the last 16 years. "My parents' house was hit by the Badja Forest...
Merimbula pulls out all the stops for EAT and new craft beer fest
What's On
Autumn events along the South Coast have taken on new importance this year after businesses lost essential holiday revenue during a long and destructive fire season. The South Coast needs you to show up and help get our local communities back on their feet - and they'll make it worth your while! From 6 to 8 March, EAT Merimbula, an...
Monument for military dogs unveiled at War Memorial
Community
On the National Day for War Animals in Australia (24 February), the Australian War Memorial (AWM) unveiled a new monument for military working dogs and their handlers, immortalising and remembering them for the crucial role they have played in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) since World War I. The Memorial – titled 'Circling into Sleep' – is in the AWM’s sculpture...
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