What we know about declining platypus populations – it’s not much
News
Although platypus, our beloved and elusive monotreme, are listed as near-threatened, Victorian Platypus Conservancy biologist Geoff Williams says that if you've been near a creek or river lately, chances are you've been standing next to a platypus and didn't know it. "There are platypus in all the rivers around you - the Bega river, the Bombala river," Geoff says, "it's...
Start first aid training this week in Bega and Queanbeyan
Health & Wellbeing
According to the Red Cross, Australia has one of the lowest rates in the world for first aid training, with less than five per cent of people trained in how to handle a medical emergency. This week there is an opportunity to turn that around for Southern NSW. TAFE NSW is offering an industry-leading short course in first aid on Thursday,...
Snow tourists turn trauma around
Community
A family visiting the Snowy Mountains during the ski season last year, have turned a holiday trauma into an act of support and activism for a local community group. Devastated by the number of dead animals they encountered on their trip to Thredbo, the McAlester family from the lower Blue Mountains turned their experience around by doing something to help local...
And you thought the snow season was for skiing! Taking photos is much more fun!
Arts & Culture
After what felt like the hottest and longest summer on the Eurobodalla coast we've finally arrived at what I think is the most photogenic season of the year - winter! You don't need expensive gear either to get the money shot - just a good eye for composition as in the rule of thirds (which as a photojournalist I break...
Spotlight on Eurobodalla business excellence, award entries open now
Business
The Eurobodalla is preparing for a celebration of business excellence with entries now open for the 2019 Eurobodalla Business Awards. “Entering the Eurobodalla Business Awards is a fantastic opportunity to get your hard work recognised,” Mayor Liz Innes says. Supported by the shire's five chambers of commerce and Eurobodalla Shire Council, award categories include: Outstanding Young Employee Outstanding Young Entrepreneur...
Yass Magpies soar into a century of rugby league
Community
When a sea of black and white swamped Queanbeyan’s Seiffert Oval on that exhilarating Sunday in September 2006, Matt Ford could see a plan taking shape. Assistant coach to Owen Gregory the year before, Ford previously coached the Raiders junior grades, Erindale and Dickson college teams and ACT schoolboys’ sides. This was his first crack as a senior coach in...
“Council has tunnel vision” on Merimbula ocean outfall option
News
A group of locals concerned about the proposed ocean outfall in Merimbula Bay is calling for the project to be stopped so that alternatives can be reconsidered in a 2019 context. "Please contact councilors, if they get enough flack from the public they are going to have to stop and listen," says Marianne Kambouridis from the Merimbula/Pambula Wastewater Alternatives group. In 2009...
Why free, good quality local media matters more than ever in this region
Opinion
After two decades of tumultuous change in the news industry, local media is arguably more important than ever. Huge financial pressures have forced hundreds of redundancies and changed formats dramatically as traditional mastheads grapple with what the audience wants and how they can pay for their business models. Yesterday, as a result of those pressures, the venerable Canberra Times went behind...
New drink driving penalties in force this long weekend
News
This Queens Birthday Long Weekend is the first holiday period where the state's tough new drink driving laws have been in place. All drink driving offenders will now immediately lose their licence under new penalties which came into play last month. Under the new law, even first-time, lower range offenders will receive an immediate three-month licence suspension, as well as...
Where to watch this weekend’s Bega Valley Rally
Sport
Nine local crews are among the 65 who will take on each other and the forest roads of the region at this weekend's Bega Valley Rally. Australian Rally Champions Neal Bates and Nathan Quinn will join Wallagoot local and ex-Toyota rally driver Ben Barker as headliners, with Barker seeded first after two consecutive wins in 2017 and 2018. President of...
Woman rescued more than 17 hours after crash near Narooma
News
An extraordinary tale of survival with a woman from Benandarah north of Batemans Bay rescued from her car 17 hours after she was involved in a single-vehicle crash near Narooma. While travelling between Moruya and Wallaga Lake, a Holden Trax SUV left the roadway and crashed into water sometime after 11 pm on Wednesday (June 5), trapping the female driver inside....
Illegal fish and lobster sellers sprung at Batemans Bay
News
A Canberra man suspected of illegally selling fish has been nabbed at Batemans Bay. Fisheries officers apprehended the 48-year-old from Bruce, ACT, following a surveillance operation by the NSW Department of Primary Industries’ (NSW DPI) Statewide Operations and Investigations Group. Director of Fisheries Compliance, Patrick Tully says the man was observed allegedly exchanging fish for a quantity of cash at...
Four days of ‘all that Jazz’ for Merimbula’s long weekend festival
Arts & Culture
Strutting their stuff across stages all over Merimbula this weekend will be jazz musicians, singers, bands and fans, for the 39th Merimbula Jazz Festival. This year there will be some new events including a swinging street parade that transforms into a vibrant street “fest” with music, food, dancing and market stalls, then at 5 pm a magical twilight lantern-walk to...
Dog tag swap saves a light horseman who became GP
Community
Harden- Murrumburrah is becoming nationally recognised as the birthplace of the 1stAustralian Light Horse muster in 1897. The latest additions to the light horse memorial precinct, including the nation’s greatest war horse, ‘Bill the Bastard’ are being immortalised in bronze. On the other side of town, another light horse legend from World War II is remembered with less fanfare. Simon...
$230,000 raised from Monaro Spectacular for local cancer patients
Community
The Monaro Spectacular - a fun community dance competition that raises money for local cancer patients - has raised in excess of $230,000 in 2019! Since 2010, The Monaro Committee for Cancer Research has raised nearly a million dollars, according to committee president of seven years, Sandy Scholfield. The annual event sees groups learn a dance routine over twelve...
Unlock the secrets of the pros at adult swimmers workshop this Saturday
Health & Wellbeing
As kids, we had swim classes during school hours and some of us probably attended the local swim club. But when school days are behind us, there is nothing much on offer for adults who want to continue this beneficial exercise and sport. At best you might you try to maintain a few laps in the local pool each week...
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