Narooma Huntfest cancelled amid community tensions
Economy
The 2019 Narooma Huntfest, which has been held on the June weekend for the last seven years, has been canceled permanently. The cancellation of the festival comes amid community debate about what to do about feral animals and, in a separate but related issue, gun control. Dan Field, president of the South Coast Hunting Club, which created Huntfest, says that...
Successful Aboriginal cultural festival Giiyong gets go ahead for 2020
Arts & Culture
One clear sun-shiny-day in September 2018, on the shores of pristine Pambula Lake, 6,000 people from far and wide gathered at Jigamy to celebrate new and emerging art, music, performance and more from the world’s oldest culture. Giiyong (pronounced GUY-YONG) means 'comes to welcome' in the language spoken by South Coast elders and the Giiyong Festival lived up to its...
‘People With Oomph’ inspire the 2019 Festival of Open Minds
News
In the words of the great Damon Davis - "People with oomph - they're not lyin down. People with oomph - spread the good life. People with oomph - keep their own style. People with oomph - walk mile after mile." The lyrics of this Bega Valley song man inspire the 2019 Festival of Open Minds. It's back! September 13 and...
Advice for a ‘Snowsafe’ ski season in 2019
Community
The NSW snow season is in full swing with roads around each weekend over winter expected to be just as busy as local ski slopes and toboggan parks. With that in mind and in the wake of traffic on the opening weekend, NSW Police are urging the community to have a plan and stay ‘Snowsafe’ in 2019. Regional NSW Field...
Could this be Batemans Bay’s answer to Moruya’s SAGE Market?
Business
Nelligen has been a humble start for self-taught farmer Jess O'Shea whose dream is to replicate Moruya's SAGE Market in Batemans Bay. Jess started growing veggies at her mum’s old farm in Termeil and needed somewhere to sell them, but couldn't make it down to Moruya every week so she decided to start her own market. "SAGE have a really...
Eurobodalla Shire Council pulls the plug on live streaming
News
The plug has been pulled on the live streaming of public addresses to Eurobodalla Shire Council amid cries of cover-ups, lack of transparency, and a winding back of democracy and free speech. Defending the move, Mayor Liz Innes says she is hoping the change will allow for a deeper more balanced presentation of Council issues and meeting agenda items. "My...
Harden wants to be Canberra’s friendliest, most affordable neighbour
Community
Brimful of ideas, Tony Holland is about to meet 50 architectural students and staff from the University of Canberra visiting Harden. The chief operations manager for Harden Regional Development Corporation, Mr Holland says an architect designing the new Harden Country Club has invited the students to a briefing session. They are working with a local developer on a new residential...
Sculptor Sian Watson fits in Canberra exhibition between jaunts to Montana and Jindabyne
Arts & Culture
Sian Watson is that rare bird – a young artist who can sell and exhibit as much work as she makes. Since graduating in 2015 Watson has exhibited work in Canberra, Montana, Murrumbateman, New York, Ontario, Queanbeyan, Sydney, Washington and Yass. Her latest show Future Fables is at Tuggeranong Arts Centre until 29 June. She went to school and university in...
A wool growing, footy loving legend dies, and the range country mourns Trevor Picker
News
The high cold country around Bigga breeds special characteristics into its hardy denizens, among them super soft merino wool and resilient, dedicated wool growers. And, quite a crop of talented Rugby League players too. One of the district's greats, superfine woolgrower Trevor Picker, is being mourned by his neighbours and the wider community after his sudden death in a multi-car...
Tathra’s hardest day captured by its youngest residents
News
Tathra's hardest day has been captured by its youngest residents in big, bold words, ideas and colours. Students of Tathra Public School have launched a book that pulls together the day bushfire swept into their community and the days that have followed. "We were looking at ways to have our children reflect on what happened in March without putting them...
Man dies following Wapengo car crash
News
The twilight hours of June 11 have been witness to the death of a man following a single vehicle crash in the Bega Valley. Police report that at about 2.40 pm, a Mazda Tribute was travelling north on Bermagui-Tathra Road at Wapengo, when it left the road and collided with trees. The driver and sole occupant, a 76-year-old man, was...
Drone trials put fire in the sky during hazard reduction burn window
News
With dry weather persisting in the South East, Forestry Corporation of NSW, National Parks NSW and the Rural Fire Service have been conducting hazard reduction burns across the region as the winter window arrives. Forestry Corporation alone is responsible for preventing and managing fires in two million hectares of state forests across New South Wales. Now a new tool has...
Discovering nature’s sunny and dark sides on Bywong farmlet
Community
When she was a school girl in the historic city of Bologna in Italy’s north, a lonely patch of grass fired the imagination of Ilaria Catizone. Between her house and the bus stop, the grass seemed a lush oasis wedged among the paving and porticoes. “For some reason, I had this fantasy that it would be great to put a...
Uber culture comes to Bega Valley and Eurobodalla – new transport options launch
News
Have you ever contemplated the long drive home after a social event and decided it wasn't worth heading out? Two new, local driving services are helping to fill a need for flexible private transport in our region, Sober Bob's in Batemans Bay and Bega Taxi and Booking Service in the Bega Valley are here to get you to those parties...
Local cricket grants available now for summers to come
Sport
Despite the region's pitches being frozen, cricket is a talking point again thanks to the One Day World Cup being played in the UK. Clubs and councils are being urged to think about the local seasons ahead and apply for $2 million in grants to help their cricket community. Member for Monaro John Barilaro is encouraging fans to take advantage...
Creativity and camaraderie rise over a dead rat
Community
Some women enjoy skinning a dead, four-legged, long-whiskered rat. Natalie Delaney-John has skinned plenty of rats and other dead animals. “Skinning is surprisingly beautiful and relaxing,” she says. The host of sold-out taxidermy workshops in rural NSW, Natalie and fellow creative artists connect women and men to other like-minded people by teaching them unusual skills. Soon they will help people...
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