Can the region’s chronic vet shortage be fixed?
Community
The shortage of vets in Canberra and the surrounding region is no secret. It's a widely publicised issue and one which has received plenty of media attention at different times in the past few years. Recently retired veterinarian Dr Mark Hawker, who remains a partner at Young Veterinary Clinic in regional NSW, says it's become an issue endemic to the...
Goulburn’s historic roses outside hospital given a new lease on life
Community
For more than 25 years, the rose bushes outside Goulburn Base Hospital have provided a beautiful, physical tribute to many people who have been born, died or worked in the health facility. One was planted in honour of a former hospital matron, another two by an excited new father celebrating the birth of his son. The most tragic was the...
What’s the buzz … we’ll tell you what’s happening
Community
Only a few things need to fall into place to make life sweeter for Collector's Gary Poile. Little things like the weather, eucalypt trees, and one of the most unreliable women in the world, Mother Nature. But Gary is pretty confident she'll get it right this year - and there's a buzz about to prove it. As one of the...
Breast cancer survivor urges an early return to screening services
Community
Women are being urged not to delay breast screening mammograms at a time when more appointments are postponed in rural and regional Australia. The temporary suspension of the national breast screening program in mid-August has delayed vital early-detection screening for women aged over 40. Hundreds of locations in NSW visited by mobile breast screening vans and four-wheel drives which travel...
Jane and Jay’s edible flowers are inspiring chefs, florists and cafes
Community
Peonies, dahlias, roses and geraniums – they're pretty to look at, but did you know they're also edible? Jane Penders and Jay Dryden are building a life from their edible-flower farm, Cloudland Flower Farm, near Gunning in the NSW Southern Tablelands and inspiring chefs, florists and cafes along the way. Jane is a full-time public servant who relishes the weekends when...
Bruce Harvey knows Goulburn from the ground up
Community
Years ago when money was scarcer compared to today, Goulburn had an abundance of young blokes happy to cut wood, and collect wool and bottles to raise money for everyone in need. They paid for annual picnics for children from St John’s Orphanage, St Joseph’s Orphanage, and the Gill Home for Boys, and gave the wood to people feeling the...
Famed country baker shares recipe for success
Community
There's a famed cookery competition that's not for the faint of heart - nor cold of oven. It's the Agricultural Societies Council of NSW's Rich Fruit Cake (RFC) competition - and if you score a Highly Commended in it, you're entitled to hang up your tea towel forever. Lesley Cox of Yass could, but everyone who has ever tasted anything...
Yass Valley Council secures government funding for school safety upgrades
News
Yass Valley Council has secured more than $871,000 from the Federal Government and NSW Government to improve pedestrian safety around regional schools. Yass Public School will be one of the beneficiaries with increased car parking for visitors and staff, and the moving of the bus stop to Laidlaw Street, with the addition of safety barriers. A ‘kiss and drop’ zone will...
Regional small businesses offering unique online Father’s Day gift ideas during lockdown
Business
With Father's Day on this Sunday, regional businesses are taking their gift ideas online, with a NSW Government website encouraging shoppers to support small businesses that are being hit hard by the COVID-19 lockdown. Discover the delights of farm-fresh meat, hand-distilled spirits, and original fashion and homeware design pieces on the Buy Regional website. Almost 100 businesses in southeast NSW,...
Secret yowie sightings shared for book of Far South Coast myths
Arts & Culture
You are walking alone through the bush. Suddenly you hear a supernatural cry, find a footprint no normal hiker could make or, just maybe, you see an oversized figure, hairy and tall, staring straight at you. The yowie is an enduring legend that lives on in the minds, if not in the hidden enclaves of our country's mountains and forests,...
Why modern technology is such a turn-off
Community
Have you noticed we don't talk anymore? Sorry, that's a song title. Take 2. It seems we don't communicate the way we used to. Like with our mouths. Face to face, even. In the same space. To people we have actually met in the flesh. Rather, in these strange new times, we're switching to devices, platforms, sites and tablets. Talking...
Kial and Harold upload virtual health classes for kids during lockdown
Community
That funny giraffe Healthy Harold and his friends are helping struggling and isolated kids during the COVID-19 lockdown. Home schooling can place extra stress on families that may also be dealing with the pressures of reduced work and income, leading some parents to reach for the wine bottle or cigarettes more than usual. Housebound kids are potentially being exposed to...
Ducks and chooks nudge aside dogs and cats in Aussie backyards
Community
Move aside dogs and cats, ducks and chooks are making a comeback to backyards. Two of the most accomplished members of Goulburn Poultry Fanciers' Society are aflutter in their growing popularity. One of them, Danny Benn, was on the spot when his Indian runner duck, Ferdinand, created history earlier this year. “It was quite warm – it felt like summer,” says...
How the art of collecting can change the world
Community
Shani Nottingham plans to change the world - one bread tag at a time. The collector, teacher, artist, blogger and influencer from the central west NSW town of Cowra is, above everything else, an environmentalist. For her, collecting and the environment go together, mainly, she says, because they have to. Four years ago, after suffering personal trauma, she took stock...
Mogo Wildlife Park appeals for sponsors as lockdown lingers on
Community
One of the South Coast's biggest tourist drawcards has reached out to the community for support as it battles to get through the COVID-19 crisis. Mogo Wildlife Park has faced more than its fair share of adversity in the past two years, hit first by the Black Summer bushfires and then by the pandemic. It's also celebrated the joy, then...
Giiyong Festival cancelled, River of Art goes virtual as virus fallout continues
Arts & Culture
The COVID-19 outbreak in NSW has continued to impact the South Coast, wreaking havoc on two of the region's much-awaited arts festivals. The Giiyong Festival near Eden has been cancelled and while Eurobodalla's River of Art Festival will no longer be going ahead as a live event it will, instead, be virtual. Earlier this month organisers delivered the sad news...
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