Kosciuszko’s 75th marks another watershed moment in dealing with hooves
Opinion
This weekend marks the 75th birthday of Kosciuszko National Park. At a time we should be celebrating Kosciuszko National Park’s 75th anniversary, the area remains mired in a mucky debate about hard-hooved animals. The park was created in 1944 by visionary Labor Premier, Sir William McKell, who was compelled to act after witnessing what he described as 'one of Australia's greatest...
World’s oldest wombat dies at Canberra’s zoo at the age of 32
Community
The National Zoo & Aquarium is in mourning today following the death of the much-loved Winnie the wombat – believed to be the oldest wombat in the world. Winnie was the zoo’s oldest resident and had reached the grand age of 32, which is seven years more than the age wombats generally live to in captivity. The zoo said that...
Bodalla adds to Electric Vehicle discussion, new charge point for Easter
Environment
A small Bodalla based business has sidestepped the ugliness of the Electric Vehicle (EVs) debate in the run-up to the May 18 Federal Election and installed a charging point ready for Easter holiday traffic on the Princes Highway. "It's wonderful that we are talking about EVs, and it's wonderful that this is being seen as 'the climate election' but I hate...
Upgraded facilities at South Durras boat ramp ready for Easter
Community
Easter brings more than chocolate eggs to Eurobodalla locals and holidaymakers with upgraded car-park facilities at the South Durras boat ramp. Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Infrastructure Works Manager Tony Swallow says there are now 19 parking spaces available, including nine catering for boat trailers. “To improve drainage and prevent possible erosion caused by informal parking, we’ve surfaced the car park, with kerb...
“I look into the eyes of these teenage kids and wonder what they’ve seen.” – Lisa Herbert
Opinion
My heart sank as I scrolled through the comments on a Facebook post recently about the 'welcome refugees' signs in the Bega Valley. I moved here permanently two years ago, having visited the area for over four decades, and always felt the people of the Bega Valley were welcoming and caring. Well, I've felt welcome anyway. But the strength of...
Queanbeyan Palerang Heritage Awards, and the winners are…
Arts & Culture
For the first time, the Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) Heritage Awards were held at the Braidwood Museum. Mayor Tim Overall presented the awards before an audience of around 40 people. A total of ten nominations across the three categories were received and all the nominations were of a high standard. The judges found making a decision very challenging and...
Lake Light Sculpture and much more this weekend in the Snowy Mountains
What's On
Lake Light Sculpture, Banjo Paterson Park, Jindabyne, April 19 to 22 Lake Light Sculpture is an inspiring outdoor sculpture event set amidst the stunning foreshore of Lake Jindabyne and the Snowy Mountains. Sculptures are displayed in an evocative setting on the water edge, a living studio for artworks but as night falls the real magic happens. Illumination has, since the festival’s...
Tassie Scout flying solo around Oz stops over in Merimbula
Community
Tasmanian teen Bob Bramley plans on becoming the youngest person to circumnavigate Australia solo by plane, and Merimbula is one of his stepping stones to success. The 16-year-old from Davenport is using his world record attempt to raise awareness about youth suicide prevention. "Beyond Blue are my partners in this, so all funds remaining at the end of the trip...
NRL footy stars helping local Aboriginal kids kick healthy goals
Health & Wellbeing
Former NSW State of Origin players, Nathan Blacklock and Tom Learoyd-Lahrs put fruit and footy high on the agenda at the launch of a new health campaign at Katungul in Batemans Bay. "The Deadly Blues is about being more proactive and breaking down stereotypes in our community," Tom says. "We place value on going to get your check-ups and seeking...
Tilba Easter Festival celebrates a rich and colourful community
Arts & Culture
Tilba is famous for many things, this tiny town of 400 people packs a punch. European settlers moved in during the 1850's, the unique character of that time still lives, Tilba is the only town in Australia to be fully heritage declared by the National Trust. The farming influence that flowed from those pioneers still inspires people like Nic and...
Looking afresh at how we lived in Goulburn
Community
David Carmichael, Fran O’Flynn and Leon Oberg’s evocative images from lonely backroads, the sky above the city, and the history right under our noses show Goulburn in its best light. An old house on Thornford Road, a historic, largely intact Tolwong Mines at Shoalhaven Gorge and the little known Cookbundoon slate quarry behind Towrang are typical of David and Leon's widely-admired work....
Collaboration and opportunity flows from Wallaga Lake Grow The Music
Arts & Culture
For the fifth year in a row, the federally funded Grow The Music program based itself in the Wallaga Lake Koori community for two weeks of creativity, and connections; culminating in the free community concert held on Sunday (April 14). The Koori village of Wallaga Lake is tucked away from the highway, beside the bright blue lake and the Grow The Music concert is a rare invitation for...
Missing Batemans Bay girl found safe and well
News
Relief! With the worst fears of the community put to rest with a 17-year-old missing Batemans Bay girl located safe and well Estelle McDonald of Catalina hadn't been seen for two weeks when officers from the South Coast Police District raised the alarm via Facebook yesterday afternoon. At that stage, Estelle hadn't been seen since late in the day on April...
Four Winds – doing what the Opera House can’t this weekend
Arts & Culture
Easter on the Far South Coast has a sound. It's not just the cranking of the Batemans Bay Bridge going up and down, the Bell Miner birds of Tathra or the shouts of a fisherman reeling one in at Snug Cove, its the sound of world-class musicians gathered in the bush at Bermagui. Four Winds takes flight on Good Friday,...
Eurobodalla ranger patrols increase on beaches over Easter
News
Holidaymakers aren't the only ones on Eurobodalla beaches over the Easter break, with Council stepping up ranger patrols in preparation for new 'dogs on beaches' rules. Rangers performed 2,384 patrols of Eurobodalla beaches between December 1 and January 31. Eurobodalla Shire Council says the high profile is a response to community advice during Council’s Companion Animal Management Plan review last...
Eden brothers turning fish waste into compost – Ocean2earth!
Environment
Two brothers from Eden have created a new business that turns fish waste into compost and solved an ongoing problem facing the community at Bega Valley boat ramps. Bega Valley Mayor, Kristy McBain, has launched Ocean2earth, an Eden-based company founded by Kyran and Tim Crane. Yesterday's (April 15) launch at the Bermagui Harbour Boat Ramp marks the start of a...
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