Richard Windsor’s snap decision develops into lifelong love of cameras
Community
Back in the 1980s, while teaching horticulture at Weston Creek in Canberra, Richard Windsor thought himself pretty lucky to have use of the cream of the crop Nikon cameras. He would use the school's photographic gear to help teach his classes, shooting close-ups of plants and vegetables to explain their workings as perfect teaching aids for the subject. "I was...
Paula Boer lost her husband then bushfire destroyed her property, but its recovery is chronicled in a book of 1300 photos
Community
First Paula Boer lost her husband, then the bushfires came. Almost two years later she has released a new photographic book, which is also a science book, a reference book and a personal story, that features more than 1300 photos she took as her 500-acre property Docsden as it recovered from the 2020 bushfires. Bushfire Recovery at Badja: A Landowner's Observations...
Sea change: ditching the rat race for quiet life on NSW Sapphire Coast
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For five years Kelly Maher had been visiting friends and family on the NSW Sapphire Coast, but it wasn’t until she started working from home during the COVID-19 lockdown that she realised she could have the best of both worlds. The Canberra human resources consultant packed up her tiny suburban apartment and made the sea change to Merimbula with her...
Controversial construction reveals remnants of a riotous time in Young
Community
As a spot already mired in controversy, it’s hardly come as a surprise to the people of Young the site of the town’s new community library is now an archaeological dig. Most expected an underground tunnel, but an old rubbish pit and an intact bottle signalled a stop work on construction just as it began in March 2021 along the...
Narooma Mountain Bike Hub’s new contractor revealed in plan to create 100km trail network
Community
The successful contractor and March 2022 start date for upcoming works to the Narooma Mountain Bike Hub have been announced. Dirt Art is a large and respected trail development company and will complete the design and construction of stages two and three for the hub. The aim of the project is to create a network of more than 100kms of...
Gunning Landcare leads way in fight against ferals
Community
It started in 2015 when one of the state's smallest Landcare groups came up with a plan to help rid the district of a menace that all landholders face - the wild fox. Today, the plan, Feral Fighters, is being used state-wide with great success in helping to protect the environment. The predecessor of the Gunning and District Landcare group,...
100 years on, the CWA celebrates at the 2022 Crookwell Show
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The Country Women’s Association was founded 100 years ago at a conference attended by country women in Sydney. As part of centenary celebrations, the NSW CWA President Stephanie Stanhope will officially open the 143rd annual Crookwell Show in February. Like many country shows, the Crookwell Show is making a comeback in 2022 after the organisers opted to cancel the 2021...
Old Bean never lost its gloss for Adrian Pollard
Community
These two restored Bean trucks evoke happy memories for Adrian Pollard, a retired, fourth-generation removalist from Goulburn.  They resemble the two trucks his grandfather John Dalby Pollard bought in 1926. John was well known for his brute strength lifting furniture. In the early 1900s at a roller-skating rink in Sloane Street filled with hundreds of skaters and spectators, John hoisted...
Seeds in space a tale of tribute for Bribbaree students
Community
What do the International Space Station and the students of Bribbaree Public School have in common? Bribbaree is a tiny village of 141 people situated an hour west of Young in the NSW South West Slopes. It’s heaving with 104 years of history and, despite an abating population, it’s still hanging in there thanks to a pub, a bowling club,...
Yass residents invited to have their say on town’s future
Community
The people of Yass are invited to have a say on the future of their town. People who live in the Yass Valley and are passionate about their community - including improving the main street, parks and reserves - are invited to apply to join the Yass Valley Open Space Strategy Committee and Yass Main Street Masterplan Committee. Yass Valley...
Local RFS volunteers honoured in Monaro
Community
Thirteen volunteers of the Monaro Rural Fire Service received medals and honours at an awards ceremony, recognising the essential service they perform that often has them coming face-to-face with danger out of the goodness of their hearts. The ceremony was held at the Colinton Brigade fire shed in December, with the Acting Area Commander Chris Allen and Monaro District Manager...
Two town halls in Bega Valley a step closer as architects put pen to paper
Community
Plans are afoot to resurrect two town halls in the Bega Valley after they were razed to the ground during the Black Summer fires. The communities at Kiah and Wandelle have been without a public indoor venue since the bushfire of January 2020, but the Bega Valley Shire Council has now engaged three architectural firms to provide concept designs for...
Local men’s sheds are making the great glider not too hot, not too cold, but just right
Community
A valuable project combining the talents of an ANU PhD student from the Fenner School of Environment and Society, Jenna Ridley, and the Men's Sheds at Hall and Yass is seeking to make life a lot more comfortable for the very cute and fluffy, but increasingly endangered, greater glider (Petauroides volans). Our native Australian wildlife has often had a pretty...
Eden High’s former principal Adrian Bell awarded for leadership in First Nations education
Community
First Nations man and recently-retired principal from Eden Marine High School Adrian Bell isn't sure exactly why he was drawn into teaching. "I suspect it must go back to a couple of teachers I had when I was a child," he said. "When I went to uni I seemed to be drawn to it without really looking anywhere else." But...
Bay filmmaker breaking stereotypes with carnival family documentary
Community
The stereotype of carnival workers being part of some sort of grimy underbelly of life is one that needs smashing and Batemans Bay filmmaker Isabel Darling has spent the past six years working on a feature length film that aims to do exactly that. She says The Carnival will "open eyes" and "kill stereotypes" about the people who make a life...
2021 Year in Review: A dozen stories from our community
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Say what you will about 2021, but no-one will argue it hasn't been one hell of a ride! Despite the doom and gloom brought on by a global pandemic, our communities have rallied together in all sorts of ways. About Regional has brought together a dozen of the community stories that had you clicking throughout the year. Count them down...
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