‘Go over your plan from last year and reassess’: RFS urges preparedness on South Coast
Community
Winter is officially over and from 1 September landowners are obliged to apply for a permit to burn on their land. Right on cue, the Far South Coast saw its first warm, windy day last weekend, with temperatures in the high 20s and a north-westerly reminder that bush fire season is here. For many of us, it feels too soon...
Yass community rallies to buy iconic Liberty Theatre
Community
A community group in Yass hopes to save the town's Liberty Theatre by purchasing the iconic building through a cooperative. The Friends of the Liberty Theatre group proposes to purchase and restore the 700-seat Art Deco theatre through philanthropic funding. “It could be used by the community as a cinema, using the drop-down screen and digital projection; for live theatre...
Goulburn’s outdoor pool to reopen in time for summer
News
Goulburn Aquatic and Leisure Centre staff are busily preparing the outdoor pool for the summer season while demolition of the indoor pool is underway. Goulburn Mulwaree Council will reopen the outdoor pool on Tuesday, 15 September to accommodate swimmers who are eagerly awaiting the chance to get back in the water. Mayor Bob Kirk said he was pleased to see the outdoor...
Crookwell, Taralga and Laggan streets to be revamped
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A $215,000 NSW Government grant will go towards upgrading the streets and public spaces in Crookwell, Taralga and Laggan. The upgrades will include new art installations, street furniture, planter boxes, trees and temporary cafes. Upper Lachlan Shire Mayor John Stafford said the funding would improve the overall attractiveness and livability of the town and villages. READ ALSO: Hot air balloons...
New market in Batehaven is bucking the trend
Community
The Batemans Bay Makers & Growers Market has relocated to a new space with a whole new vibe in Batehaven. With so many businesses stalled during this topsy-turvy year, the NSW South Coast makers and growers have bucked the trend by creating a new market space, bringing together a diverse range of locally grown fresh food, baked goods and quality...
Wombeyan Caves tourist attraction receives $9.6 million makeover
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The NSW Government has announced a $9.6 million upgrade to facilities at the popular Wombeyan Caves tourist attraction and in Mares Forest National Park. NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro and Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman made the announcement on Friday, 21 August. The cave upgrade will include new cabin accommodation, interpretative signage, amenities, a cafe...
Local business shares the good news stories from a bleak 2020
Community
This year has been tough for many people, particularly on the NSW South Coast, but among the gloom there has still been plenty to celebrate. New babies, new homes, graduations, engagements and weddings – things we would usually shout from the rooftops – have been quietly going on while the nation's collective consciousness has been focused on national disasters and a global...
Council calls for input on Merimbula skatepark site
Community
Bega Valley Shire Council is asking residents where they'd like to put the new Merimbula skatepark, proposing an upgrade to the existing Berrambool skatepark or the establishment of a new park in a different location. Council's recreation and natural assets coordinator John Turville said the council had identified locations at Ford Park and Spencer Park in Merimbula as alternatives to...
Permanent large-scale murals to become part of River of Art Festival
Arts & Culture
Eurobodalla Shire Council has granted $25,000 to the River of Art festival to create large-scale street art murals that celebrate the community's resilience and renewal after the Black Summer bushfires. The murals will remain as permanent public artworks, with two in Batemans Bay, two in Narooma and one in Moruya. During the festival’s nine days from 18-27 September, the collaborative...
Art reaches new heights in Harden-Murrumburrah
Arts & Culture
Art will be taken to new heights in Harden-Murrumburrah with plans afoot to use the twin towns’ soaring historic flour mill as a canvas. The transformation of the landmark building – which sits on the town’s main thoroughfare in Murrumburrah – will end decades of speculation which at one time could well have seen it become a five-storey glass planetarium...
Community Disaster Relief Fund payments made to 317 households in Bega Valley Shire
News
Bega Valley Shire Council Mayor Sharon Tapscott has announced the Bega Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund has made 317 payments of $500 to households experiencing bushfire-related hardship in the region. The fund made its first round of payments, which Mayor Tapscott said will arrive in coming days, to give people who need it most a financial boost. “A total of...
Adam Rehardt anchors his career in new waters
Business
A former Moruya jeweller has anchored his career in new waters, pursuing his passion for maritime with the help of TAFE NSW. More than two decades after studying to be a jeweller at TAFE NSW Design Centre Enmore, father-of-two Adam Rehardt decided to nail his colours to a new mast, completing a Certificate II in Maritime Operations under the guidance...
Pandemic uproots 2020 Crookwell Garden Festival
Community
Crookwell has cancelled its annual Garden Festival to prevent the spread of COVID-19 given many of its visitors and stallholders travel from interstate. The festival was due to run on 7-8 November, with more than 1000 visitors typically exploring open gardens in the town and its surrounding villages during the weekend event. In April, the event's committee was confident its...
Royal recognition for BlazeAid volunteers
News
Kevin and Rhonda Butler are the founders of BlazeAid, an organisation that has brought together an army of volunteers to clear ground and rebuild fences following devastating bushfires in Australia. And now their efforts have been recognised by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who awarded the couple the prestigious Commonwealth Points of Light beacon award for outstanding volunteerism. With bases...
Auslan brings stories to life for all kids at Bega Valley Shire Library
Community
Bega Valley Shire Library is bringing the joy of storytime to children who are deaf and hard of hearing with the tale of a little dragon who lost his spark. Jim Averbeck’s Oh No, Little Dragon! is the first of many books to be simultaneously read aloud and delivered in Auslan sign language by the Bega Valley Shire Library. Long-running library...
End in sight for Batemans Bay Aquatic Centre campaigners
Community
Almost 30 years of lobbying and community fundraising will come to fruition next month when work starts on Batemans Bay’s new aquatic, arts and leisure centre. Eurobodalla Shire Council has awarded a $58 million contract for the construction of Batemans Bay Indoor Aquatic Centre to ADCO Constructions, a national company whose projects include the NSW Rugby League Centre of Excellence, Pimpama...
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