Braidwood fire at Emergency Level as rural residents consider leaving for town
News
An Emergency Warning has been issued for the North Black Range Fire, west of Braidwood. Just after 1 pm this afternoon, the Alert Level quickly went from Advice to Watch and Act and is currently (4:32 pm November 29) at the Emergency level. The fire which flared yesterday is burning in the Tallaganda National Park and is burning out of...
Tuggers, Charny, Gunners – it’s all part of Can-bra
Community
What's in a name? Well, plenty if you hail from Gunners, Tuggers, Kingo or Belcompton. They are all well-known nicknames for Canberra 'burbs (suburbs) – some of which tend to irritate but are now part of a study by a senior researcher at the Australian National University (ANU), Mark Gwynn (aka Gwynno). The Australian National Dictionary Centre, based at the...
Widespread smoke haze takes over Southern skies
News
Today's smokey skies are the worst the region has seen so far with Southern NSW and the ACT choked while firefighters on the ground and in the air work to control fires near Braidwood and Cooma. Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) is urging people with respiratory conditions to take extra care, with concerns poor air quality may affect their...
Nelligen bushfire was a “scary wake up call” for market farmer Jess
News
Jess O'Shea was sitting in her caravan when a friend called to alert her of an out of control fire close by on Old Nelligen Road earlier this week. Thankfully the fire was contained by the following day leaving Jess's property unscathed but with a lingering question hanging over her head - "What's my evacuation plan?" After seeing so many...
Moruya and Bega students join School Strike 4 Climate on Friday
Environment
Far South Coast students will join in with the global movement 'School Strike 4 Climate' this Friday in Moruya and Bega. Students are calling for urgent political action on climate change in solidarity with bushfire victims. Local Moruya students have organised a sit-in at the Eurobodalla Council chambers. Strikers are asked to bring an eco-friendly picnic and loose change to...
St John Ambulance answers the call for defibrillator at Captains Flat school
Community
"Can you still do CPR if you have a wobbly tooth," asks one of the curious students at Captains Flat Public School as they receive a demonstration on how to use their new automated external defibrillator (AED). The AED has been donated by St John Ambulance ACT after they saw a story in the RiotACT about the school undertaking a crowdfunding campaign...
How #buyfromthebush has become a lifeline for rural businesses
Community
In the midst of one of the worst droughts in history, Grace Brennan decided something needed to be done to save rural communities struggling to survive and make ends meet. And so the #buyfromthebush initiative was born. Buy from the Bush encourages Australians to buy local, and often artisanal products from drought-stricken communities to help country towns that are doing...
Moruya’s Bill Woods returns for book signing
Arts & Culture
Author and sports journalist Bill Woods is proud to call Moruya his home town, and he returned over the weekend to sign copies of his latest book, a young adult fiction novel called Trio: The Redemption Code. Woods has spent 36 years in all forms of media. After his schooling at Moruya High School, Woods gained a degree in journalism...
Disco Inferno fires up diversity and acceptance this Saturday in Bega
Community
A celebration and acknowledgment of the region's growing diversity will come together under the mirror ball this Saturday (November 30) for Disco Inferno! Bega Pride are hosting their first LGBTQIA and friends dance at the Bega Country Club from 7.30 pm until midnight. Renowned Sydney DJ Ruby Red is coming to town to pump out her famous mix of disco...
Migrants and money cannot solve rural skills shortage
Community
A skills shortage in Harden Murrumburrah and district shows no sign of easing despite offers of higher wages and housing. North-west of Canberra in Murrumburrah, businesswoman Karen Kemp runs the Lighthorse Hotel and would open seven days a week and take on more casual staff if she could find a chef. One chef already works at the popular hotel and...
“Grabbed the steering wheel to try to hit more kangaroos” – Tura Beach roo killer sentenced
News
Editor's note: distressing image below. A young man responsible for the hit and run deaths of 21 kangaroos at Tura Beach in September has been sentenced in Bega Local Court. Nathan Sanger, 20, of Numbugga, pled guilty and was charged with 'torture, beat and death of an animal' for which the maximum sentence is five years imprisonment. However, Sanger has...
Bega Valley RFS volunteer alleged to have deliberately lit seven fires
News
With the skies of the Bega Valley choked by smoke this week comes news that one of those called on to put fires out has been charged with arson. A NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Bega Valley volunteer has been charged following an investigation into a spate of deliberately lit fires in the region. Between Thursday, October 27, 2019 and...
NSW Governor and ANU Vice-Chancellor drop in ahead of Twofold 40th
News
There is no mid-life crisis brewing at Twofold Aboriginal Corporation, instead, the organisation is approaching its 40th birthday celebrations with more energy, direction, and vigour than ever. In the last fortnight, Twofold has played host to the NSW Governor, Margaret Beazley and leaders from the Australian National University in Canberra, all in the run-up to this Saturday's community birthday celebration....
Regional innovation acceleration leads to realisation – Witness the pitch this Thursday!
Economy
Over the past 12 weeks, a bunch of people with new and creative business ideas have been working hard to shape their enterprises – changing things up and around, reaching out to the community for customer validation, and working alongside experts and mentors. These are the current participants in the Bega Valley Innovation Hub’s iAccelerate Program. This Thursday (November 28)...
Moruya Colour Run chalks up awareness of domestic violence
Community
On Saturday (November 23) Moruya’s Riverside Park was filled with young people who had a message - domestic violence is not tolerated here. With funding available for a youth event, the Eurobodalla Youth Committee chose a Colour Run. Working with the Eurobodalla Domestic Violence Committee, the event was aimed at raising awareness of domestic violence. The Color Run is also known...
Missing Ursula by Melissa Pouliot
News
Editors note: Melissa Pouliot, described by one of her children as a book writing machine, is a rural journalist, media company owner and bestselling crime fiction author of the Missing Series. Through her twenty-five year writing career, she has written stories on just about every topic. Her stories about people are widely recognised as her true heart and she has...
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