Clear your calendar, the Tathra races are kind of a pig deal
Community
For the last six years, the Tathra Lions Club has brought home the bacon with its annual pig races fundraiser, to be held this year on Sunday, 29 December at the Tathra Country Club. "It's an absolute hoot, just a fantastic family day out," says Lions Club spokesperson Rex Kermode. Tathra's entry into racing folklore began with a farmer from...
Chook Chat with Cheryl Nelson – chilled chooks ready to face a heatwave
Community
When the temperature creeps into the high 30’s and 40’s, our chooks really start to feel the heat. You notice they start to pant and hold their wings out from their body. They may stretch out on the ground to cool down and huddle in shaded areas. Chooks don't sweat so this is a normal way for them to cool...
Personal care gifts a small token of big thanks for Currowan heroes and evacuees
Community
Moruya business owner Amanda Averay-Jones had never before seen a face cloth or tube of toothpaste elicit tears of gratitude. But when Rural Fire Service (RFS) volunteers were handed personal care kits – complete with personal thank you notes – after hours or days battling the Currowan Bushfire, many fought back tears. Community members and businesses across the Far South...
The thoughts and prayers of a Vimy Ridge bushfire virago
News
Jan Harris and her family lost their proud Vimy Ridge home in the Tathra and District Bushfire of March 18, 2018. Just a few months later at the 2018 Festival of Open Minds, Jan spoke of her loss, "I am adrift without the anchors of my life" she told the 35o people gathered before a standing ovation. Click play on...
Veolia Mulwaree Trust’s 2019 Round 2 grants and donations announced
Community
The Veolia Mulwaree Trust has announced the recipients of the 2019 Round 2 Grants and Donations Programmes. Nineteen community groups from across the region with a wide range of projects by providing $306,693 in grant funding in its second funding round of 2019, as well as a further 34 local organisations who have shared in $33,661 through the Veolia Mulwaree...
Dalmeny Quilters pay it forward with Christmas kindness
Community
The Dalmeny Quilters have used their craft credentials for Christmas kindness, with cash and quilt donations to women and children supported by the South-East Women and Children’s Services (SEWACS). Following fundraising in the lead-up to their quilt exhibition held in Narooma during October, the group was able to donate $1000 each to two groups – SEWACS and The Little Yuin...
Bega Valley projects shine on smokey day in the sun
News
Local frustration around climate action took the first flush of headlines around the Acting Prime Minister’s visit to the Bega Valley yesterday, masking some worthy local projects that had 'their moment in the sun' all be it flanked by bush fire smoke from afar. Michael McCormack started his day at the Bega Saleyards were he opened new facilities aimed at improving...
Sapphire Coast launches new platform for tourist growth
Economy
Tourism operators on the Sapphire Coast have gathered for the launch of the industry's plan for growth. Over 1 million visitors were drawn to the Bega Valley in the year ending June 2018, spending $499 million. The industry generates 3,500 local jobs and has a multiplier effect in the wider regional economy of 1.9, so for every $1 a tourist...
The dogs who “Called Home Along a Beautiful Path”
Community
It all started with one name on a fence followed by another, then a man with a vision and a big heart for dogs. Now Corrigans Beach is known as the friendliest dog friendly beach in town. David Seymour saw the original memorial wall of past pets as inspiration for a bigger and better version, leaving plenty of room for...
Dangerous conditions on Clyde Mountain as Kings Highway remains closed
News
Increased fire activity on the Clyde Mountain continues to make conditions dangerous, with police saying the Kings Highway will remain closed for the foreseeable future. The Currowan bushfire continues to burn north of the highway and is again at an emergency level as of 12:30 pm on Thursday (19 December). "There is still active fire in the areas around Benandarah,...
Acting PM flies into Merimbula climate protest
News
Acting Prime Minister, Michael McCormack flew into a loud and passionate climate protest under skies thick with bush fire smoke at Merimbula today. There to open the new terminal building at Merimbula Airport, with Bega Valley Shire Mayor Kristy McBain and State MP Andrew Constance, the Nationals leader was mobbed, heckled and questioned by around 40 protesters. Shortly into his...
New future for Spenco land as Mumbulla moves on Kindergarten dream
News
Old industrial land in central Bega is being reborn with a dynamic childhood led  by education at the heart of its new future. Mumbulla School for Rudolf Steiner Education begun earthworks on the former Spenco site this week. The school announced in term 1 this year that it had purchased a 2.3-acre section of the site on Bega Street from Spotlight...
Future land use up for discussion in Bega Valley
News
Two important draft land use strategies are currently on public exhibition; summer reading for residents of Bega Valley Shire Council. Council says, the draft Residential and Commercial Land Strategies works towards the community’s vision outlined in the Bega Valley Shire Community Strategic Plan 2040 and the South East and Tablelands Regional Plan 2036, and once adopted will inform the Bega Valley...
Brace yourself for more extreme heat, smoke and stress this week
Health & Wellbeing
Australia is being hit by the double whammy of extreme heat and bushfire smoke prompting renewed health alerts for the days ahead. Added to this is the seasonal stress of Christmas and the prospect of holidays being disrupted due to bushfire. Even if you are not directly affected by fires, there may be stress from knowing people who are, as...
Katungul takes over old Bega nursing home with new vision for Aboriginal health
News
Aboriginal health and well-being services in the region are about to be supercharged with an aged care facility in Bega being re-purposed into an Aboriginal health clinic. The vacant Casuarina facility on Bega Street, Bega, operated by Sapphire Coast Community Aged Care has been sold to Katungul, the region's Aboriginal community-controlled health organisation. “We’re so excited to officially share with the...
Alleged Bega arsonist pleads not guilty
News
A NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) volunteer from the Bega Valley charged with a spate of deliberately lit fires in the region has pleaded not guilty in Bega Local Court today. Between October 27 and November 26 this year, there have been seven fires in the Bega Valley, which police believe to have been deliberately lit. “Officers from South Coast...
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