Science supporting dairy farmers, Bega symposium speaks to the future
Business
When Bega Valley dairy farmer Ashleigh Rood answers her phone, it's fitting that she says quickly "can I ring you back? I've got heifers on the road." I'm talking to Ash ahead of the biggest dairy event in New South Wales, the annual Dairy Research Foundation’s Symposium, which will be held this year in Bega for the first time. Ash...
Born out of tough times, Tathra’s NoiseArt Collective
Health & Wellbeing
Editor’s note: NoiseArt Collective, the eclectic, prolific, creative outlet of Tathra-based electronic musician David Schmidt, began as a whim. David shares his story with you via About Regional hoping to inspire a sense of hope for anyone dealing with tough times. A friend at a Daniel Champagne concert commented that he’d like to do something with music but “couldn’t really...
Gypsy Soul Studio provides mosaic fun for Bega Valley Meals On Wheels
Community
"I'm not that creative," says Olive Cole, 89, as she carefully chooses a scrap of tile and places it on a cardboard template. A tendency to talk down our creative side and not give it much time to grow is fairly standard, according to Gypsy Soul Studio proprietors, Kay and Rob Bowerman, who run their business from their Black Range...
Backyard burn off warning, on the spot fines possible
Environment
Council is warning of on the spot fines for backyard burn offs in residential areas of the Eurobodalla this winter. Eurobodalla Shire Council is reminding locals that open burning in residential areas, particularly of rubbish and green vegetation, is not permitted. Nathan Ladmore, Acting Environmental Services Manager says this includes burning dead and dry vegetation in incinerators and bonfires. “Burning...
New Gilmore MP Fiona Phillips takes her place in Canberra
News
"It's an absolute honour to be here representing Gilmore," new MP Fiona Phillips says as she wraps up her first week in federal parliament. Phillips' win in Gilmore at the May 18 election was one of the only bright spots for Labor. The former TAFE teacher beat Liberal Party star recruit Warren Mundine by almost 6,000 votes two-party preferred with...
Tathra stalwarts decide its time to sell. Is this your big break?
Property
Two stalwarts of the Sapphire Coast tourism industry are contimplating more holiday time for themselves as they look to sell their business and open a new chapter in their lives. It's hard to imagine Tathra Beach House Apartments without Rob and Lesley White. The pair met while working in Thredbo during their mid-twenties, but started thinking about a life in...
Lunch options at Festival of Open Minds. Feed your mind and body!
What's On
Audience feedback from the Festival of Open Minds last year revolved around food. "You have fed my mind but what about my tummy?" was the sentiment expressed by many of the 350 people who attended. Bega was unprepared for that many people at lunchtime. Not this year! Side by side with building a fantastic program of speakers, we have been...
BEGA VALLEY BUSHFIRE PODCAST – Disaster recovery takes time
Podcast
It's easy to think those impacted by bushfire in the Bega Valley during 2018 should 'be over it by now' the reality is very different. Local support services speak of people still in need, still in emotional distress, still foggy and unable to cope with too much more. In episode two of this special three-part podcast series, we hear from Anne...
Eurobodalla tourist numbers up as more cruise ships appear on horizon
Business
The latest tourism data shows visitation to the Eurobodalla is at an all-time high, and with three cruise ships booked for stopovers, local leaders are optimistic about the future. Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes says the number of visitors to Eurobodalla in 2018 reached 1.55 million, compared with 1.26 million in 2017. “It’s estimated visitors injected $464 million into our economy...
From cash to kittens, Elaine’s Eurobodalla animal rescue mission
Community
"I just do it without thinking, and when it all falls into place it is just such a wonderful feeling," says Elaine Schutt as she speaks fondly of her most recent adoptee, Kia the six week old kitten. I originally met Elaine from Eurobodalla Animal Welfare League with intentions to chat about National Desexing Month which kicks off this week however...
A festival of the ‘Best of Days’ this weekend celebrates local food
Food & Wine
Australians love to celebrate Christmas in July, particularly in the cooler regions where the frost snaps at the heels of the rose hips and brings on the sweet flavour of citrus and root vegetables. Christmas in July has become such a popular event that it is almost now a tradition in its own right. And that’s not surprising - winter is the best...
No online system is 100% safe, says former cybersecurity chief
Community
Former head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre at the Australian Signals Directorate Alastair MacGibbon believes that no online system is 100 per cent secure, even government sites. Rather, while they are generally secure, they all come with an ‘asterisk’ because of the high levels of cybercrime. Mr MacGibbon, who resigned his government post just before the Federal election in...
Remembering Nic Manikis and his corner shop, Queanbeyan community legends
Community
“You can’t sell the shop, Nic. Everyone will miss you,” says a voice filming Nic Manikis as he loads milk into a fridge at his convenience store on Morton St in Queanbeyan. It’s one of the last videos of Nic before he died, peacefully in his shop on June 12, some 44 years after he first started in 1975. His...
Monaro Rail Trail – What might it look like? Meetings July 23-27
Community
There's progress on the idea of creating a recreational cycling and walking trail on the disused railway lines that crisscross the Monaro between Queanbeyan and Bombala. Snowy Monaro Regional Council is investigating the feasibility of the project with a series of community consultation sessions to take place later this month. Those excited by the 208-km idea point to the many...
Winter burn offs in South East NSW, local RFS says think twice, get advice
News
Winter in About Regional territory is beautiful - the low sun spreads its golden light over the snow-dusted gums of the mountains to the frosty river flats and the chilly sands of our turquoise sea. It's also a time of year where landholders are encouraged to clean up, burn off and get ready for the next fire season. Those bonfire...
New generation taking their place in Eurobodalla Landcare
Community
Broulee Public School students are among the latest to join in with Landcare activities throughout the Eurobodalla - adding lots of smiles to the mix of sunshine, soil, and seeds that normally makes Landcare tick. Landcare has been reshaping and restoring Australian environments and communities since the late 1980s. Rising from a groundswell of concerned citizens, including scientists, farmers and...
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