Queanbeyan’s Tresillian Centre opens for new parents
News
New parents struggling with the demands of a new baby can now access specialist support with the opening of the Tresillian Family Care Centre in Queanbeyan. The Parliamentary Secretary for Southern NSW Bronnie Taylor MLC officially opened the Centre on Monday (29 October). The name 'Tresillian' has been synonymous with baby care since 1918. The Royal Society for the Welfare of...
Deek inspiring the next generation
Sport
If ever you are looking for inspiration and a sense of how a real community works, then spend some time with Canberra marathon legend Rob de Castella and his Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP). On the cusp of its tenth anniversary, the IMP was born out of Deek’s venture into the Northern Territory to discover Australia’s next marathon champion. Instead, what...
Festival of Open Minds Podcast – Jo Dodds, from the front line of climate and fire
Podcast
Vimy Ridge resident and Bega Valley Shire Councilor, Jo Dodds strongly believes climate change is at play in her community, she points to the bushfires of March 18 that ripped through her community at Tathra. Sixty-five homes were lost on that day, Jo's home was very lucky not to be one of them. Her appeal to the Prime Minister in...
It’s boom-time in Q-town, but who benefits?
Community
Post-amalgamation, it’s boom time for Queanbeyan, but what about the rest of the Shire? Mayor Tim Overall has his foot on the accelerator as funds flow freely ahead of the NSW State election in 2019, shortly followed by a Federal election. Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) has wasted no time in pushing through plans, including new Council chambers and a...
Whale watching pioneers hoping for fireworks at Eden Whale Festival
Community
Ros and Gordon Butt are about to enjoy their first Eden Whale Festival as spectators rather than as busy tour operators aboard Cat Balou. The new owners of this famous Eden vessel will be on the water this year instead, hoping to thrill visitors. For the first time, Ros and Gordon, who are pioneers of whale watching in New South Wales...
Kalaru nails new Halloween tradition, informs discussion, builds community
Community
Like it or loathe it Halloween is increasingly becoming part of what young Australian families do on October 31. One Bega Valley community has trialed a way of managing the American side of this tradition that answers some of the concerns parents have and brings the community together; it appears to have been a success. The residents of Kalaru, between Bega and...
Bipartisan support for a Bungendore high school
News
With strong population growth in the area, a committed group of Bungendore parents have been pushing for a high school to be built in their town. On Friday (26 October) the NSW Opposition announced that Labor will build a new high school in Bungendore within their first term of office, if elected in 2019. Shadow Education Minister Jihad Dib made...
Better water and better health promised during $175 million day
News
Five months out from the NSW Election it's easy to be cynical about politicians making announcements worth $175 million dollars. As the NSW Premier and the Member for Bega did just that today (October 31) in the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla, comments about "pork barrelling" and "buying votes" filtered through the live feed on About Regional Facebook. Given political history...
Regional communities come together to share their experience with disaster
News
Over the last seven months, the Bega Valley community has shown great resilience in the face of bushfires. That said, it has been tough and people will struggle for a while yet. On Thursday night (November 1) community leaders from a number of other regional areas will be in Tathra to share their experience: • Jane Laverty, Regional Manager, Northern Rivers NSW...
From Australian rituals to Australian birds, Matt Chun invites you to take a second look
Arts & Culture
Bermagui-based artist Matt Chun is drawing an oversized cassowary made up of hundreds of tiny white lines and dots on the front window of Candelo Books in Bega. In between strokes of the pen, he is carefully erasing his own fingerprints from the glass - the finished picture is a result of his self-described perfectionism. Chun is drawing on bookshop...
Tilba Real Dairy – responding to the environment and the market
News
Erica and Nick Dibden, the brains, heart, and passion behind Tilba Real Dairy shake their heads when they talk about how they used to bottle their award-winning creamy jersey milk. "We used to hand label every bottle," Erica says standing in front of their new bottling plant. "It was one bottle at a time with someone at the end screwing the cap on....
Trusted, respected, knowledgeable: Region Media is on the move
News
Region Media is pleased to announce that some of the most trusted and respected names in local media have joined the group in senior/leadership roles. Based in the ACT, Region Media is now the masthead for 12 influential media platforms in Canberra and surrounding communities, headlined by long-standing Canberra news site, The RiotACT. “Local knowledge, respect and trust are critical...
Motorcyclist dies on Monaro Highway at Cooma
News
A 62-year-old motorcyclist has died on the Monaro Highway at Cooma this morning (October 30). Emergency services were called to the single-vehicle accident at around 10.40 am, tragically the male rider died at the scene. The accident comes amidst a large volume of motorbike traffic moving through the region returning home from the Australian Moto Grand Prix at Phillip Island. The...
Meet Manuka Oval’s head curator Brad van Dam as a historic summer of cricket starts
Sport
As anticipation builds for Canberra's biggest summer of cricket, think of the man behind the scenes who is tasked with one of the most important jobs this summer. Brad van Dam is the head curator of Manuka Oval and he is entrusted with the task of making sure Canberra's premier cricket venue is ready to host two Big Bash clashes, a...
Goulburn-Mulwaree invests in its young people
Community
Goulburn Mulwaree Council’s new Youth Services Co-ordinator is all about delivering outcomes for the region’s youth. No ifs, buts or maybes, the programs Luke Wallace wants to bring forward will all have some benefit for young people. “They will be meaningful programs that support all our young people. Like Vibefest (the annual youth music festival) which gave youth performing, administration...
Music community mourns the passing of Richard Gill
Arts & Culture
The Canberra Symphony Orchestra and Four Winds, Bermagui have joined the music world in mourning the passing of Richard Gill, who died from cancer at his Sydney home on Sunday morning (28 October), less than a week before his 77th birthday. The CSO said it echoed the deep sadness felt by Australia’s music community at the loss of Gill, one of the...
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