Community urged to “have your say” on draft Light to Light plans
News
One of the state's most isolated and untouched locations is at the centre of $8 million redevelopment plans; money and attention that makes those who love this pink, blue, and golden part of the New South Wales Far South Coast nervous. Public consultation is currently underway for the Draft Light to Light Walk Strategy with community info sessions in Pambula,...
Gilmore residents take over Parliament House as MP makes first speech
News
After a ball busting campaign to secure the seat of Gilmore, newly elected Labor MP Fiona Phillips delivered her first speech in Federal Parliament today (July 30) with the public gallery filled with supporters from Nowra to Batemans Bay. "It was really lovely to see everybody in the gallery, my supporters and Labor colleagues," Ms Phillips says. "I wanted to...
Early start to Bega Valley – Eurobodalla fire season in the shadow of Yankees Gap. Snowy Monaro a possibility
News
The 2019/2020 bush fire season along the Far South Coast will start early, as the shadow of the vast and long-running Yankees Gap Bushfire still looms large. Thursday, August 1 will be the official start of the statutory Bush Fire Danger Period for the Eurobodalla and Bega Valley. The NSW Rural Fire Service is urging residents to prepare for the...
Excellence in stories and coffee at Queanbeyan cafe
Community
Every day, a group of people can be found in the Queanbeyan Library making what would usually be considered too much noise. They are chatting about their weekend and discussing their lives while drinking a coffee or hot chocolate. Some are even reading. Welcome to the Storybook Cafe. The group represent the changing face of traditional libraries and it's a...
Congo wants rethink on Council road plans with Greater Gliders in mind
Environment
Congo - Bingi residents have turned out to support a unique local, one they fear will be further endangered by proposed roadworks in their idyllic Eurobodalla village. Around 25 people turned out for a community meeting on Saturday (July 27) to discuss concerns around plans to seal the last 800 metres of Congo Road, south of Moruya. "Last time a...
Bega Valley Innovation Hub moves to Merimbula, applications closing!
Business
A new home has been announced for the Bega Valley's factory of the future - the Bega Valley Innovation Hub. After launching earlier this year at the Bega Civic Centre, Merimbula will be home base for the second intake of this 12-week startup program. Manager of the Bega Valley Innovation Hub Mia Maze says the new venue has been carefully...
Cancelled Dragon Dreaming host defends festival’s value for Yass community
Arts & Culture
The longtime hosts of the Dragon Dreaming Festival at Wee Jasper, which has been cancelled this year, have expressed frustration and disappointment with its characterisation as a drug risk. They say that the Festival is an economic and social benefit for the Yass community with strong ethical foundations. This week, organisers announced that Dragon Dreaming would not take place this November, citing "the...
‘Veggies for All’ grows in Eurobodalla with grant funding
Community
Fresh is best and the Eurobodalla is about to experience more of it with more back-yard vegetable gardeners, veggie beds and a new community garden growing from a $20,000 grant for the SAGE 2019 Veggies for All program. Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening Eurobodalla (SAGE) received the grant from the IMB Bank Community Foundation, enabling the successful program to continue. The...
Creative Kids vouchers ready for new term of art activities in Sth NSW
Arts & Culture
Has your family plugged into the Creative Kids voucher scheme yet? Money is waiting to help cover the cost of your child's education. Over 250,000 Creative Kids vouchers have been downloaded in the last six months, providing each child with $100 to help with the cost of creative and cultural learning activities. Member for Monaro John Barilaro says, “This voucher helps...
Bamboozled by modern times – GO CAMPING!
Opinion
We are all inundated with talk of drought, changing climates, tougher times ahead. How are you feeling about all that? Are you coping with all that is being asked of us? Are you feeling overwhelmed and confused? Tired and exhausted? Is the worry of it all getting you down? What can you do to get back that feeling of control,...
Two dead in crash near Cooma
News
A devastating single-vehicle crash near Cooma in the early hours of this morning has claimed two lives. The highway is open, but police investigations at the scene are ongoing. At about 3:40 am (July 28), emergency services were called to the Monaro Highway, near Rose Valley Road, Bunyan, about 10km north of Cooma, following reports a vehicle travelling southbound had...
Canberra author Peter Papathanasiou on secrets, love and what really makes a family
Arts & Culture
When Peter Papathanasiou was growing up in the Canberra suburb of Narrabundah, his family felt so insubstantial that it could be blown away by the wind. His older Greek parents cherished him, but he yearned for siblings, something more grounded and weighty. But when the Canberra scientist was an adult, his mother dropped a bombshell: he was not their biological child....
What are we waiting for? The lost art of empty moments
Community
I was waiting for a friend to arrive at a cafe recently and I  felt fidgety. The cafe was busy, with plenty of people to watch and details to observe, piles of pretty cakes and jars of biscuits and cute little succulents growing in random vessels but I felt at a loss, my attention drawn again and again to the...
Cheers – to natural wine tasting that will have us all under its influence
Food & Wine
Yes it's a cruel thing I'm doing here, telling you about a fabulous wine event that has sold out, however there are a couple of great stories around the upcoming Nattie by Nature the main one being the marvelous concept of 'natural' winemaking. But there is also the enthusiasm and chutzpah of three hospitality friends, plotting and scheming good-times on the Sapphire...
Shifting seasons bring meningococcal risk to Southern NSW
Health & Wellbeing
With the peak season for meningococcal disease still more than a month away, Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) is urging people to be alert to lesser known signs of the disease. The Director of Public Health, Tracey Oakman, says meningococcal disease can occur at any time of year but cases normally start to increase towards the end of flu season when people’s...
Acacia Quartet to perform world premiere in Bega this Saturday
Arts & Culture
"Acacia Quartet performed so well that at times they seem like only one instrument, such is their clarity and unison," one reviewer said. In over a decade of working together, the Acacia Quartet has won great respect for their versatile and inventive programs, and tomorrow (July 27) they play on what almost feels like home turf which will no doubt add...
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