Jindabyne vandalism closes public toilets
News
A set of public toilets in Jindabyne will be closed each night as Snowy Monaro Regional Council moves to limit the impacts of graffiti and vandalism in the Snowy Mountains. Council says it has been working closely with Jindabyne Police over the past few months to address the issue but it seems no other options are available. While it appears...
Five top picks for staying in the Snowies in this warmer weather
Environment
Does the idea of wildflowers, clear running rivers, crisp mountain air and a multitude of activities appeal to you? When the snow melts and the warmer weather arrives, many people head for the beaches but there is a cooler – or make that alpine - wonderland to explore at Kosciuszko National Park less than three hours’ drive from Canberra. If...
Dairy industry future up for discussion in Bega and Nowra
News
Dairy farmers in southern NSW are being encouraged to have their say on Australia's first mandatory dairy code, with consultation in Bega and Nowra later this month. It's hoped a mandatory code would improve contract negotiations between dairy farmers and processors and incorporate an effective dispute resolution process. It's an idea that springs from a recent review by the Australian Competition and...
Eurobodalla Council warns of some smelly days ahead
Environment
Eurobodalla locals are being warned to prepare for a summer of stinky creeks and waterways. This week's sprinkle of rain has taken some of the pong out of a number of local creeks and lagoons but with a long dry summer forecast on the back of prolonged dry conditions, the rotten smells will return with the right conditions. Prior to this...
Pambula sea urchin business taking local reefs from barren to balanced
Environment
It’s a local seafood trader that’s been hidden in plain sight since 2005. Pambula business South Coast Sea Urchins processes 35-60 tonnes of sea urchin roe in its factory each year and yet few people know that it’s there, or have tasted the bright orange-yellow roe. “We did a big recruitment a few months ago for our seasonal staff and...
Cooma – Yamaga sister city bond deepens with 2018 delegation
Community
Cooma's sister city bond with the Japanese city of Yamaga is on display this week. Locals will notice a Japanese delegation in town, as the Cooma Lions Club steps up once again to play host of this bi-annual exchange. The group of 27 high school students and eight adults arrived on Sunday (November 4) for a busy 6-day program that...
Hermits band together to be crowned national busking champions in Cooma
Arts & Culture
With an eclectic mix of instruments and sounds, the Haystack Mountain Hermits will return home to Queensland as this year’s Australian National Busking champions. Hundreds of spectators gathered in Cooma’s Centennial Park for the national finals concert with the Hermits declared Australia’s best buskers. The family-band from Tamborine Mountain on the Gold Coast wowed audiences on Sunday with their gypsy...
Gillian Triggs ‘Speaking Up’ in Bega
Podcast
Gillian Triggs has made a rallying call for the freedoms we take for granted to be safeguarded during her Friday (November 2) night lecture in Bega. With the doors of the Bega High School theatre wide open to catch any passing zephyr, Triggs started a conversation just as hot as the day had been. As President of the Australian Human Rights Commission...
Cooma figure skater Callum Bradshaw battles stigma off the ice with grace and poise
Sport
For local figure skater Callum Bradshaw, facing competitors on the rink is not half as bad as the battles he has to face when he steps off it. Competing in a female-dominated sport in Australia, people would often question or poke fun at the teenager, who chooses to spend his spare time on the ice rink practising graceful pirouettes and...
Canberra’s ‘Castle Hill’: One of the ACT’s largest farms to be auctioned at Old Parliament House
Property
Across the water from Lanyon Homestead and fronting the Murrumbidgee River sits one of the largest parcels of agricultural land in the ACT which has come onto the market after 47 years in the same hands. Canberra’s 526-hectare ‘Castle Hill’ at 1449 Tidbinbilla, Tharwa, is a rare find given its proximity to the city and the grazing, farming and future...
Drunk drivers detected at Narooma and Bungendore in state-wide blitz
News
High range drunk drivers at Narooma and Bungendore have been arrested during a three-day police blitz on New South Wales roads. As Operation Drink Drive 2 concluded on Sunday (November 4), police expressed disappointment at the choices some drivers are making. Police conducted over 133,000 breath tests between Friday and Sunday, with 133 drink-drive charges laid, and 1928 speed infringements...
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...
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