Buddy system makes life a little brighter for dementia patients
Health & Wellbeing
Dementia nurse consultant Cath Bateman often saw dementia patients distressed in a hospital, especially those whose family couldn't visit regularly. The only way a patient's anxiety and fear were eased was if a staff member sat with them. However, on a busy ward, staff didn't always have time. That's when Cath and Barbara Williams from Dementia Australia came up with the...
Women’s cycles and circles hold workplace solution
Community
Arriving a little late at the March 4 Justice rally at Parliament House in Canberra on 15 March, 2021, Dr Kath Kovac heard one of the final speakers say, “We need a supportive sisterhood in the workplace.” "That’s what I do," thought Dr Kovac, a science editor who works from home in Dalton, north of Canberra. She wants to train...
Have your say on what you want to see in your neighbourhood
Community
More paths, parks or parking? Better lighting or more public art? Dog parks or playgrounds? These questions and more are being asked in the 2021 Australian Liveability Census which allows Australians the chance to offer their own suggestions on what they'd like to see happening in their neighbourhood. In return, you'll be in the running to win one of 10...
New shoes put a spring in the step of bushfire affected people in Cobargo and Quaama
Community
When an opportunity arose to donate new shoes to needy people, the two Jennys from mobility equipment supplier Leef Bega immediately thought of helping the Quaama and Cobargo communities that were affected by the Black Summer bushfires. Leef Bega branch manager Jenny Whitaker seized the opportunity to donate about 60 pairs of footwear when the company's national manager was visiting...
New walking trails to open up access to Mulwaree River
Community
It's time to pull on your walking shoes as new trails in Goulburn will be ready to explore in just a few weeks with work underway on the river walkway link from Lower Sterne Street in Eastgrove through to Cemetery Street.  This new part of the network has been fully funded by Goulburn Mulwaree Council and will be 1.5 kilometres in length...
Dhurga language revival continues with Bermagui children to launch songs, books
Community
The revival of the Dhurga language is continuing on the NSW South Coast, with public school students planning on releasing songs and books written in the language. Merrimans Local Aboriginal Lands Council (LALC) partnered with Bermagui Public School, Narooma High School, Red Cross, Bega Valley Shire Council and ABC South East to teach the language and create a series of educational resources. In 2020,...
Bridge naming honours wool legend Trevor Picker
Community
The life of an Australian wool industry leader, and grandfather of two former Canberra Raiders players, who was killed in a 2019 collision, will be honoured with the naming of a bridge over Kangaroo Creek at Bigga, in the NSW Southern Tablelands, where he was born and raised. The $2 million structure will be named Trevor Picker Bridge if there...
Charity urges townsfolk to paint their town teal for first responders
What's On
They're the first to respond to our calls for help and to arrive when we're at our most vulnerable, but attending accidents and natural disasters can be confronting and traumatic for first responders. That's why a not-for-profit organisation that supports the mental health and wellbeing of first responders and their families is on a mission to get Australians to give...
Private club in Yass opens its doors for Karinya House
Community
The Allambee Club in Yass has traditionally been extremely private. So much so that you could easily miss its non-descript clubhouse on the town's main street. However, during the past weekend, the rural women's club opened its doors at 76 Comur Street to the public for the first time in its 98-year history. Inside, an inaugural art fair organised by...
Gundagai’s heritage bridge survives troubled waters, only to be toppled by a truck
Community
It took two days but, crunch, it went – the partial demolition of a 152-year-old timber viaduct that spans the Gundagai floodplain, leaving residents aghast that a section of the heritage-listed tourist attraction could be wrecked without consultation. None were shocked more than Robert Butcher, who has served on Gundagai’s historic bridges committee for 44 years. The first he heard of...
Eurobodalla Shire Council answers its critics over project funding
News
Eurobodalla Shire Council has disputed claims made in a submission by a community group to an Upper House inquiry into the use of NSW Government grants. Appearing before the NSW Public Accountability Committee's inquiry into the Integrity, efficacy and value for money of NSW Government grant programs, the A Better Eurobodalla (ABE) group questioned the value of government grants for the...
Young cyclists give Old Hume Highway at Cullerin Range a safer role
Community
One of Australia’s top-rated junior cycling road races follows an unlikely course. The Goulburn Workers Junior 2 Day Cycling Tour is held on the once deadly section of the Old Hume Highway, between Breadalbane and Gunning, west of Goulburn. Low-volume traffic helps race officials safeguard the cyclists in the race, who are aged from under-8s to under-17s. Years ago, such...
TAFE Bega’s accidental-counselling course to give people tools to help those suffering from trauma
Community
Following the devastating Black Summer bushfires and COVID-19 pandemic that impacted so many people on the NSW South Coast, a new TAFE course aims to empower members of the community to reach out to those in distress. The Statement of Attainment in Accidental Counselling – a one-day course delivered by virtual classroom – offers basic counselling skills to residents who are not...
Pambula mother Tracey Beasley to be remembered at Melanoma Awareness Day
Community
A much-loved mother and member of the Pambula community who tragically lost her battle with cancer will be remembered at an upcoming event that aims to raise awareness of melanoma. Pambula Melanoma Awareness Day, on Sunday, 30 May, will be held in memory of Tracey Beasley. "She was a warrior whose dying wish was for the message of melanoma awareness...
South Coast farmers’ markets boom as customers flock to buy local, sustainable produce
Community
Farmers' markets are becoming an increasingly common place for NSW South Coast locals to buy their fresh produce, with both Moruya and Bega's weekly events reporting increases in trade. A recent economic impact study by SAGE Farmers Market in Moruya claims it received a 28 per cent jump in sales in five years, and delivered a combined economic benefit to...
Mixed response as mural ‘tribute’ unveiled in Batemans Bay
Community
Batemans Bay's latest mural was designed to pay tribute to Indigenous leaders on a local, national and intergenerational scale but it's inadvertently provoked controversy, with some community members questioning the inclusion of journalist and author Stan Grant. The project was a collaboration between the Batemans Bay Business and Tourism Chamber and local businesses, with consultation and advice from well-known local...
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