No-cost and low-cost energy solutions workshop next Tuesday
Environment
Eurobodalla Shire Council will hold an online workshop next Tuesday, 16 June at 11 am to share insights and tips on saving energy and staying warm this winter. Householders can join the online workshop, which will help with simple no-cost and low-cost ways to save energy, reduce power bills and lower emissions. Council’s sustainability coordinator Mark Shorter said the workshop...
South Coast arts community mourns the loss of Linda Heald
Arts & Culture
The NSW South Coast creative community is mourning after the artistic director of the Moruya Red Door Theatre Company, Linda Heald, lost her fight with cancer. Linda was also Eurobodalla Shire Council's chief librarian and an enthusiastic proponent for arts and culture on the South Coast. "Linda exited stage left," said Moruya Red Door Theatre president Anthony Mayne. "She had...
Meet the online moderators keeping your community notice board civil
Community
Many local communities embrace the concept of online notice boards which connect people, facilitate an exchange of information,  and help keep us safe. Last week, I saw how useful these notice boards can be after responding to a post about someone needing egg cartons just minutes after wondering what to do with the teetering stack of cartons on top of...
No place like home for community centre at the heart of Queanbeyan
Community
For people in the region who don't know where their next meal is coming from, there is no place like St Benedict's at Queanbeyan. For Elaine Lollback who is the heart and soul of St Benedict's, the community centre is her first and second home. It is also the only home for people who have nowhere else to go. Three...
New campaign encouraging people to go bush
Community
People who are tired of being locked up in the big smoke due to COVID-19 are being asked by one farmer’s wife to listen to the call of the wild and go bush. As travel restrictions ease throughout Australia, Grace Brennan is appealing to corporations to consider their staff and send them on a bush getaway. Grace was behind the...
Black Lives Matter in Moruya
Community
A small but determined group of young people gathered in Moruya on Saturday to join the Black Lives Matter rallies across the country. Gathering at 10 am outside the Eurobodalla Shire Council offices, they marched through town, waving placards, briefly stopping outside the Moruya Police Station to speak to the assembled group. Participant Marama Bownsdone said that today's protest was...
Batemans Bay art initiative gathers Postcards from the Fire
Arts & Culture
Creative Arts Batemans Bay (CABBI) has launched a community healing project called Postcards from the Fire, in which anyone affected by the past summer's bushfires can submit photos and stories. "Postcards is a virtual gallery on Instagram and Facebook of what the 2019-2020 bushfire season made of our world, as seen through the lenses of our community members," said CABBI...
RSPCA mobile welfare unit tours NSW bushfire-affected regions
News
RSPCA NSW has hit the road to help wounded and injured animals in bushfire-affected communities as part of its $2.6 million emergency response fund. The mobile animal welfare response unit is making its way down the NSW South Coast this week to places including Batemans Bay, Moruya, Cobargo and Eden, before travelling inland to Cooma and Goulburn. RSPCA NSW staff...
Brian Mills steels himself for a record-making effort
Community
Brian Mills was born to bend steel. One of Australia’s oldest boilermakers still on the tools, Brian has bolted, belted, forged and welded steel across much of Goulburn’s industrial landscape for more than six decades. The 82-year-old has seen manufacturing rise and fall, from the cotton spinning and weaving machines in the Pacific Chenille Craft factory, to processing plants at...
Jugiong’s poplars make way for lipstick maples
Community
Future visitors to Jugiong, 61km west of Yass, will no longer receive a tall, chartreuse standing ovation but instead be lured into the town by the bright red fingers of leaves of autumnally visual lipstick maple trees. The town is currently trying to cover its winter nakedness, with work beginning last month to denude its main street, Riverside Drive, of...
RFS brigades band together to deal with mental health challenges
Community
Local Rural Fire Service (RFS) brigades are turning to other volunteers and their community to get through the trauma of the fires and isolation of the pandemic. Batemans Bay Rural Fire Brigade captain Ian Aitken says people are beginning to reach out for help, in stark contrast to the toughing-it-out approach that pervaded the RFS in the 1980s. “The old...
Police and Lifeline join forces to save lives
News
NSW Police has joined with Lifeline Australia in an awareness campaign for suicide prevention. Twelve highway patrol vehicles branded with highly visible stickers will promote Lifeline’s "13 HELP" (13 43 57) phone number, which is dedicated to people in bushfire-affected communities. NSW Police and Emergency Services Minister David Elliott said many citizens have been thrown several curveballs in the past...
Chefs back at work at Tathra Hotel after community support through COVID-19
Community
Six overseas workers who were not eligible for Federal Government JobKeeper payments during COVID-19 restrictions have been supported by Tathra Hotel owners Cliff Wallace and Sayaka Mihara, as well as the Bega Valley Social Justice Advocates, who sought public donations to help the hotel continue to pay the chefs while they couldn't work. "Unfortunately, the government would not include our chefs...
Bega Valley Shire Council launches needs survey
News
Bega Valley Shire Council has launched the Bega Valley Recovery Needs Survey to monitor bushfire recovery progress and plan for the community's future. The council has partnered with Service NSW and Resilience NSW to develop a short survey to be delivered to everyone who has registered with the Bega Valley Recovery Support Service, and it can be completed online, over...
Georgia is a plumber of the future and a Rheem Apprentice Grant recipient
Business
Tarago resident Georgia Ugov is wasting no time getting on with her career. The 17-year-old is a first-year apprentice plumber with Queanbeyan-based Simmo's Plumbing who applied for the Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants to help pay for her tools and tuition fees. She is one of only 10 people to receive the grant, which is given to chosen apprentices who demonstrate commitment to...
Keeping older Australians safe on the road
News
A panel of experts is set to deliver an online question-and-answer session for Eurobodalla Shire's drivers aged 65 and above so they can learn more about licences, road rules and how to drive safely. Drivers are invited to attend the online forum on Wednesday 3 June from 10 am to ask questions of representatives from the NSW Centre for Road...
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