Bushwalkers reunited with family after a week in Morton National Park
News
A couple of bushwalkers stranded during an adventure in the Morton National Park, west of Nowra have been reunited with family a week after their ordeal started. Fifty-nine-year-old Canberra lawyer, Bill McCarthy, a Senior Counsel with BAL Lawyers, and Francisca Boterhoven De Haan, 60 years, from Wollongong, went bushwalking in the rugged Ettrema Gorge last Saturday (December 8). Concerns for...
A celebration of the Australian Alps by Monaro photographer Craig Lewis
Arts & Culture
An intrepid Monaro based photographer and publisher has captured the Winter of 2018 in the Snowy Mountains in a book that is ready to cool the Summer of the same year. 'Alpine Australia – A Celebration of the Australian Alps' not only portrays the stunning high country of New South Wales but that of Victoria as well. Kybeyan based Craig Lewis...
Rescuers head to lawyer and companion stranded in Morton National Park
News
A rescue team is on its way by foot to reach Canberra lawyer Bill McCarthy and his female companion who have spent the last six nights in the Morton National Park near Nowra. A NSW Police spokesperson said the that it was decided this morning to walk into the park instead of extracting them from the air due to the...
Frogs Hollow Flight School –  “I will fight this into my old age.”
News
Bega thespian David Stocker almost stole the show yesterday as the Southern Regional Planning Panel (SRPP) met to determine the future of the proposed Frogs Hollow Flight School between Bega and Merimbula. I say 'almost' because the panel's refusal of the Development Application (DA) was what the community had really come to see yesterday (December 13). Mr Stocker was one...
Headspace Bega open and servicing Cooma, Bombala, Eden, Narooma
Health & Wellbeing
On the same day that the region's HSC students get their results comes a significant boost to youth mental health services in South East NSW - the opening of Headspace Bega. While the bricks and mortar of the centre are in Bega, the Commonwealth funded service will provide outreach services within a 120 km radius. "In a densely populated area a centre based service is...
Pill testing, safe injecting room in new Drug Strategy Action Plan
Health & Wellbeing
An expansion of pill testing at events in the ACT and revisiting a safe injecting room for opioid users are two of 43 measures contained in the ACT Government’s new three-year Drug Strategy Action Plan released on Tuesday (11 December). The Government says harm minimisation underpins the Action Plan 2018-2021, which outlines the priorities over the next three years to tackle the...
Merimbula cyclist’s widow calls for tough stance on road rage
News
On the third of July this year, Louise Brand lost the man she had loved for nearly 40 years. Seventy-two-year-old David was killed while he rode his bicycle with friends in what looks to be a road rage incident on Mount Darrah Road at Lochiel between Eden and Pambula. David died after being airlifted to Canberra Hospital with serious head...
Bournda abalone bust nets over 800 molluscs and four men
News
A fisheries surveillance operation south of Tathra has seen four men in possession of 867 abalone apprehended. NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Director of Fisheries Compliance, Patrick Tully, says the four offenders were found with the abalone in their vehicle in November, following extensive surveillance along a remote stretch of coastline in the Bournda National Park. “DPI Fisheries Officers and Bega...
Seven working dogs stolen from Michelago
News
Precious working dogs have been stolen from a property on the Monaro. The seven Kelpie-Cross Huntaway puppies were taken from a farm in the Tinderry area near Michelago. Monaro Rural Crime Investigators believe the theft of the five male and two female dogs took place between 5 pm and 9 pm on Sunday, December 9. The puppies are nine weeks...
Feeling good about sustainable hemp clothing from Michelago!
Environment
It's a gentle summer afternoon and beneath the dappled light of tall trees, an old blue touring caravan is parked. It's the home of Spirit Natural clothing, the brainchild of a budding entrepreneur whose vision for a gentler, more sustainable world is underpinned by some hard-headed research into how to make it happen. Tom Osborne from Michelago may look like...
New life injected into proposed Narooma Arts & Community Centre
Arts & Culture
  Plans for a new arts and community centre in Narooma are live again with the town's creators keen to see the idea progress. "Narooma needs it" was the general consensus at a recent community meeting. The Narooma School of Arts is leading the way, presenting preliminary designs and plans for land next to the historic Kinema. Spokesperson Laurelle Pacey says the volunteer...
Community calls for better protection of its heritage
Community
Heritage and the need to preserve it was the resounding consensus at a forum held in Goulburn last Tuesday (4 December), with attendees calling for better protection of Australia’s First Inland City’s historical assets and a stronger focus on heritage tourism. The forum was attended by most of the Goulburn region’s heritage groups, and organised by NSW ALP Candidate for...
Next step in Batemans Bay Bridge project revealed – community to comment
News
The detailed design for the Batemans Bay Bridge replacement has been released with a number of changes to the earlier design. The aim of the $274 million project is to improve freight access, reduce traffic delays in peak periods, and reduce economic and social impacts by removing the current lift span bridge. Member for Bega, Andrew Constance says, “The detailed...
“Historic investment in Bega TAFE” – Andrew Constance
News
“This is an absolute game changer for the people of the Bega Valley who are set to benefit from a TAFE presence rivalled by few others across the State,” says TAFE Minister, Adam Marshall. The comments came as a bulldozer moved soil around on what will become a new hub for learning in Bega. An extra $17 million dollars has...
Regional NSW to be a cruise ship destination with Natalie at the helm
Economy
Eden's success as a cruise ship destination is inspiring the whole New South Wales coastline and taking one local tourism leader along for the ride. Natalie Godward has just been appointed Cruise Development Manager for the Port Authority of NSW. "This is the best job in the world in the best community, it's pretty exciting to be on the cusp...
A year later, what difference has marriage equality made?
Opinion
Forgive us for just a moment, will you? We are currently awash with anniversaries and you’d be forgiven for feeling a pang of jealousy that the LGBTIQ community seems to be celebrating so much. Two weeks ago was the first anniversary of winning the postal survey and Braddon hosted a party. I would contend we were celebrating not losing the...
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