Vinnies builds community cohesion as third phase of bushfire funding rolls out
News
From setting up tool libraries to encouraging men's talk tables, the St Vincent de Paul Society remains on the ground assisting bushfire-impacted communities in the Bega Valley, Eurobodalla and Snowy Valley regions. Almost two-and-a-half years after the devastating Black Summer bushfires, the Canberra/Goulburn Vinnies Bushfire Recovery Program is now in its third phase, focusing on building community cohesion, resilience and preparedness....
The Show has gone on, despite the sodden fields of the south
Community
Ken Hewitt knows where giant pumpkins, the finest wool and cereal grains grow in southern NSW. He has helped collect and display seeds, grasses, peas, grapes, black wool, brown eggs and lots more for the Sydney Royal Easter Show for 34 years. Ken looks after the Southern District Exhibit and his search for food and fibre has never been as...
Wagga’s ‘Carevan’ rolls out hundreds of meals with love every week
Community
"It's easier to care than to turn away" is the motto of Wagga Wagga's 'Carevan' and its founder, Lynne Graham. The food van, which Lynne says focuses on "caring through the distribution of meals and providing a listening ear", resulted from Lynne's desire to help those in need and the tireless efforts of volunteers and the community. "I wanted to make...
Historic Merryville homestead gardens to open for Yass Red Cross fundraiser
What's On
Merryville homestead, one of the finest historic properties in the Yass Valley, will open its gardens on Sunday 1 May to raise money for the Red Cross. Built in 1903 the homestead and farm were made famous by Sir Walter Merriman who was knighted in 1954 for his contribution to the nation's wool industry. Today, Rob and Ning Clark and...
ARIA-nominated country singer Brad Cox is heading home to Jindabyne
What's On
After a two-year hiatus, Jindabyne born and bred country star Brad Cox is on the road and he's bringing his band home to the Snowy Mountains in May. This is Brad's first full headline tour since the COVID-19 lockdowns, and the first since the release of his ARIA and Golden Guitar-nominated sophomore record My Mind’s Projection in November 2020. Brad will...
Starving flying-foxes lured to toxic Cocos palm fruit as rain destroys native blossom
Community
Starving grey-headed flying foxes are dying in droves after eating the toxic fruit of Cocos palms. Far South Coast residents can do their bit to reduce the number of animals being poisoned by removing the fruit from palm trees in their gardens as soon as the flowers appear. Wildlife Rescue South Coast flying fox coordinator Janine Davies says recent heavy...
Fight to improve Eurobodalla’s communication infrastructure ramps up ahead of federal election
News
A South Coast business group said governments cannot allow telecommunications loss like that caused by the Black Summer fires to occur again amid a push to improve Eurobodalla infrastructure resilience ahead of the federal election. Last year, Eurobodalla Shire Council called on the NSW Government to take action to protect infrastructure on Mount Wandera near Moruya, which transmits to police...
Bungendore butcher Sandy Tenkate snags his dream business in Cooma
Business
After 34 years behind the butcher's block, Sandy Tenkate's dream of owning his own business has finally come true. When the opportunity came up to purchase Monaro Meats in Cooma, Sandy jumped at the chance to make the move from Bungendore. After working for 11 years at Bungendore Country Butchery, he and his wife Tafline and their three young children...
Cobargo poets spreading the good word, collectively
Arts & Culture
They come from various backgrounds, geographies and lifestyles but seven creative souls have one thing in common: a love of poetry. Sandra Taylor, Leigh Crowe, Glenda Mai-Morgan, Peter Storey, Kate Taylor, Kai Jensen and Linda Albertson are members of the Well Thumbed Poetry Group, based at the secondhand bookshop of the same name at Cobargo. Later this month, the group will...
Jindabyne clock back in action but no timely celebrations
Community
For the first time in many years, the Jindabyne Clock Tower is ticking again thanks to the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities funding upgrades to the Jindabyne Memorial Hall and the tireless work of a master horologist. The Memorial Hall was erected 55 years ago when the town of Jindabyne was moved to its current location in preparation for the...
Australia Rock lookout in Narooma closed due to rockslide
Community
The viewing platform at Narooma's popular tourist attraction Australia Rock has been closed due to a rockslide. A section under the platform collapsed after the recent wet weather drenched the coast and on Tuesday (12 April) Eurobodalla Shire Council fenced off the site. A council spokesperson said an urgent geo-tech review of the site was being arranged. "This review will...
Mystery of Nelsons Beach shipwreck and its puzzling cargo re-emerges from sands of time
Community
A nearly 200-year-old shipwreck shrouded in mystery recently re-emerged from its sandy grave on a Far South Coast beach. One of many wrecks littering that wild and remote coastline, it is surrounded by questions. The wreck on Nelsons Beach, just north of Tathra, was first reported bottom-up and loaded with cedar logs in 1859 by the captain of the SS...
Junee is choc-full as the online demand for Easter goodies grows
Food & Wine
As Australians brace for the inevitable deluge of chocolate this Easter, the Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory team has been working overtime to deliver thousands of orders from across the country. Owner and operator Neil Druce says their online business has boomed in the past two years. "I think our postal orders went up 7000 per cent During COVID," he...
Run a tight ship to keep safe on the water this Easter long weekend
Community
The Easter long weekend is the perfect excuse to launch the boat and enjoy our coastline, but holidaymakers are being reminded of the dangers of our waters. The southern region of NSW was heavily impacted by the Black Summer bushfires of 2019/20 and ongoing rain and flooding since means debris continues to flow into local waterways. "The water is still...
Wagga plays for keeps with the first Monopoly regional edition
Community
It’s arguably the most divisive board game on the planet, but if you’re going to feud with your family on the mean streets of Monopoly, you might as well keep it local. With the launch of the Wagga Wagga edition of Monopoly, players will get to see just how many “good sports” the city really has. The traditional London street...
Crafting ghastly old railway barracks into gallery showpiece 
Arts & Culture
The dented kitchen sink looked like blokes in hobnailed-boots had danced on it. Beyond the termite-eaten floors and graffiti-splattered walls, vandals had smashed windows and doors. Yet a group of Goulburn artists were overjoyed these bashed-up, 1891 rest rooms, were now their responsibility to repair and occupy. Built for tired train drivers to sleep in at the end of their...
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