Cooma becomes a training ground for RMC Duntroon
News
Something extraordinary has been thrown into the mix of daily life in downtown Cooma - 100 senior cadets from the Royal Military College Duntroon on a training exercise. Using blank ammunition, uniformed foot patrols have become a regular sight in Cooma. The cadets arrived in the middle of last week and will stay until June 1; residents have already been...
Narooma Busking Championship this weekend – last minute entries open
What's On
  Last minute entries for the Narooma Busking Championship are being taken with organisers keen to fill the town with music and performance on Saturday, May 26. Around 55 entries have already rolled in from across South East NSW and beyond including Canberra, Sydney, Wollongong, and Victoria. Busking co-ordinator Sandra Doyle says, "Narooma will again buzz from the Plaza to...
Costa Georgiadis launches community garden in NSW Southern Tablelands – and treasures a spud that looks just like him
Community
Being called a potato head is not exactly something people generally take kindly to. But a decorated potato resembling Costa Georgiadis’ head delighted the ABC gardening celebrity at Crookwell’s eighth potato festival on Saturday. Costa was on hand to take part in cooking demonstrations at the annual event in the NSW Southern Tablelands, facilitate a kid’s workshop, open a community...
ScoMo backs Sudmalis in battle for Gilmore
News
The Federal Treasurer toured the Nowra end of the Gilmore electorate today as his local comrade in parliament appeared to be under attack from within. Scott Morrison said if it had not been for Ann Sudmalis, Bill Shorten would be Prime Minister now. Ms Sudmalis beat Labor's Fiona Phillips in 2016 with a razor-thin 1.46% margin, helping Malcolm Turnbull build...
Tathra bush fire concert a sellout, 4,000 people to attend
News
The Band Together concert is on track to raise $250,000 for Tathra and surrounds following the bushfires of March 18. Ticket sales have been stopped with organisers calling "sold out" last night (May 16) on social media. Around 4,000 people will pack into the Sapphire Coast Turf Club on Saturday, May 26 for what promises to be the biggest event...
Country people a focus for NSW Guns Amnesty – July 1 to Sept 30
News
NSW Police have launched a state-wide Firearms Amnesty following the success of last year’s national campaign.  During the three-month amnesty in 2017, NSW netted 24,831 firearms and 1898 firearm parts for destruction, sale or registration, more than any other state or territory. Anyone with an unregistered firearm or firearm-related item will be able to legally dispose, or register it, without...
New Batemans Bay Bridge taking shape following community submissions
News
Batemans Bay is a step closer to getting its new bridge with construction slated to start by this time next year. Eighty-one (81) community submissions have just been reviewed and assessed with NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) adjusting some of the initial plans following the feedback. Member for Bega Andrew Constance says the release of the submissions report marks an...
Bega adds accessibility to World Environment Day activism
What's On
A passionate outdoor enthusiast keen for people of all abilities to have opportunities in nature will deliver the World Environment Day address in Bega. Bournda Environmental Education Centre has been hosting the dinner to celebrate the United Nations sanctioned day for the last 41 years. Previous speakers at the Bega event include former NSW Premier, Bob Carr, Dr John Merso,...
Suicide: The Ripple Effect felt in Merimbula – community gathers to talk
Health & Wellbeing
People packed a Merimbula cinema last week to trigger a better and more open discussion about suicide with the hope of reducing the number of deaths caused by "brain pain" and acknowledging the hurt and impact carried by the family and friends left behind. Mental health advocate, Glenn Cotter hosted a screening of the movie, "Suicide: The Ripple Effect" at the Picture Showman...
Wet, wild, cold weekend in South East NSW captured in photos
Community
What a weekend in South East NSW, the strangely warm days of April were blown away by a polar cold front we'd been warned about for since Wednesday. Rain, snow, big seas, and strong winds had their influence on what we did and didn't do. Some welcomed nature's surge and got out in it, energised by the power on display...
Weather snapshot from Braidwood
Community
An extraordinary April weather-wise . . . or was it a guide to our future? In the middle of April, we had near-gale force wind which brought unusual dust and heat from the inland. Unseasonably warm and dry conditions are putting stress on garden plants and on pastures in paddocks. At Braidwood, the average daily temperature in April was 16.4...
Pink alien makes home in Monaro Highway Teddy Tree
Community
A Monaro Ribbon Gum that first started attracting teddy bears in June 2017 has picked up a new tenant in the last week. With the naturally colourful tree developing its winter coat, a pink and green alien has been nailed into the trunk about 10 metres off the ground. The original koala bear sits comfortably in a hollow the National Parks...
Feed goes up in flames, Cooma couple arrested
News
NSW Police have arrested two alleged firebugs at Cooma after valuable stock feed and a shed was destroyed in a blaze last month. Just after 1 am on Sunday, April 22, emergency services were called to a property on Billilingra Road, Billilingra, north of Cooma, following reports, a hay shed was on fire, and fire had spread to the neighbouring property. Upon...
A June long weekend in the snow with Dan Sultan at Perisher’s Peak Music Festival
Arts & Culture
The hugely prolific Dan Sultan leads a stacked lineup announcement, with what looks set to be a highlight performance on the Saturday night. Women lead the charge elsewhere on the program, with the decidedly indie Sahara Beck and guitar band Hussy Hicks heading up Sunday and Monday nights respectively. Cross-state collective Haiku Hands are the do-not-miss act of the weekend,...
Peter’s talent one of many to flow through Eurobodalla River of Art
Arts & Culture
A Moruya photographer who confesses to once being a "little kid who wasted film" will take centre stage at the Eurobodalla River of Art Festival. The work and growing talent of Peter Vassallo will be on show at the Dr Mackay Centre in Moruya, with visitors treated to Peter's stunning portraits of twenty local personalities. The faces staring back include...
Flow of $$$ from Tathra fire fund to start soon as $1 million is raised
News
Bega Valley Mayor, Kristy McBain says the fund set up to assist Tathra locals rebuild and recover from the devastating March 18 bushfires will soon start distributing cash grants. A delighted Cr McBain made the announcement as the Tathra and District Bushfire Mayoral Appeal hit $1 million. “The generosity that has come from right across the country has been nothing...
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