Three week community reno on one of Bega’s most prestigious old homes
Property
Carly Farrugia is standing on the third level of scaffolding, scraping loose paint flakes from the 12-foot ceiling of her new kitchen in Bega. "The appeal of the house was how run-down it was," Farrugia laughs. "We wanted a future home but we also wanted a massive project, something with the kind of character that warranted putting a lot of...
Stage two of Pambula Hospital upgrade to be completed by May
Health & Wellbeing
Stage two of the renovation and rejuvenation of Pambula Hospital starts next month with the promise of a more comfortable environment for patients and staff. Stage 1 last year included a new main entry and reception, a refurbished Assessment, Treatment and Care Clinic, treatment spaces, bathroom facilities, and an exercise room. Pambula Hospital Acting Nurse Manager Kelly Jurd says, “The initial work...
Snowy Monaro firefighters respond to lightning strikes, more possible
News
Firefighters across the Snowy Monaro are responding to a number of lightning strikes that have sparked more than 20 bushfires in the last 24 hours. Crews from the National Parks and Wildlife Service along with the Rural Fire Service and private landholders are actively working in a number of locations ahead of more forecast thunderstorms. Fred Nichols from Monaro Rural Fire...
Work starts on new Bungendore Ambulance Station
Health & Wellbeing
A hole in the ground this week signals a start to construction works on the new NSW Ambulance station at Bungendore. Member for Monaro, John Barilaro turned the first sod on Monday (14 January) alongside some of those who signed a community petition calling for the facility. Over 2000 people signed the petition which called for a more local service rather...
Jindabyne’s Brad Cox back at Tamworth but already a winner
Arts & Culture
Jindabyne's Brad Cox is back at the Tamworth Country Music Festival hoping to repeat last year's success but at the same time happy just to be playing music and hanging with mates. About this time last year, the then 22-year-old won the 39th Toyota Star Maker talent quest launching him into a year he describes as a rollercoaster. "My brain is...
Wow! Check out the new Centennial Park playground in Cooma
Community
One of the Snowy Monaro's busiest playgrounds is set for a major upgrade which is sure to delight local and visiting families. Work will start at the end of the month on a project that will take the Centennial Park playground and the kids who love it higher into Cooma's famous big blue skies. Once complete, the playground, which is...
Dramatic Bermagui rescue ends well and highlights team work
News
A summer scare for a bunch of Melbourne kids holidaying at Bermagui has ended well but under dramatic circumstances. Shortly before 5 pm yesterday (January 15), a young family were enjoying an afternoon playing on the rocks at Bermagui's renowned Blue Pool when they became stranded by the turning tide. The children; two boys and two girls aged between 10 and...
Moruya Airport to close for upgrade, Rex flights cancelled
News
Moruya Airport will be closed for three weeks with Rex flights cancelled from mid-February. The shut down is part of a runway upgrade, with works slated to start on 14 February. "Council staff and sub-contractors will work seven days a week to ensure necessary improvements to the main runway and the shorter east-west runway are finished as quickly as possible,"...
Batemans Bay Police seek witnesses to altercation
News
Batemans Bay Detectives are investigating an altercation that took place in the town centre over the weekend and are calling for witnesses to come forward. Two couples were involved in the incident which occurred between 8:00 pm and 8:30 pm on Sunday (January 13) at the ‘T’ wharf on the Clyde River, Batemans Bay. Police believe people may have been fishing nearby...
Let’s take this outside: Wild Cherry Nature Connection
Community
I'm in the back end of a canoe in Zeck's lagoon, an offshoot of Blackfellow's Lake in Kalaru, wearing a scrap of towel as a blindfold while my seven-year-old son (who does not reliably know left from right) gives verbal directions towards our target: Troy Schulze, co-owner of Wild Cherry Nature Connection, who is sitting in a canoe in the...
Top 10 places to visit in Canberra
Community
Canberra’s tourism star is on the rise with the city attracting record numbers of interstate and overseas visitors. The majority of interstate visitors come from regional NSW and Sydney with the added incentive of enjoying national attractions within an easy drive. But where are the best places to visit in Canberra? Have you seen it all before or are there...
Hot, Hot, Hot in Southern NSW. Tips for taking care of you and others
Health & Wellbeing
With temperatures in some parts of the region expected to nudge forty degrees this week comes a warning about the impact that heat will have on vulnerable people and some advice on getting through it. Southern NSW Local Health District, Director Public Health, Tracey Oakman says while heat-related illness can affect anyone, certain groups are at a higher risk. These include...
Bega’s Farmer’s Market – what does it need to really fire in 2019?
Community
On face value, Bega’s Farmer's Market has a lot going for it. It offers fresh, local food sourced within 250 km. The weekly Friday market is centrally located in Bega’s Littleton Gardens and it even has a stall which will sell your excess produce for you for a small commission. So why, so often, does a view of the market...
One man found one man still missing on NSW Far South Coast
News
A man missing for four days and believed to be living with dementia has been found safe and well. Police and family had serious concerns for 78-year-old Douglas Nelson, who hadn't been seen since last Wednesday (January 9). A media alert over the weekend asked the community to report any sightings, at that time police thought Mr Nelson may have been...
A day in the life of a Crisis Intervention Team Member at the Domestic Violence Crisis Service
Community
Ever wondered what it's like to work on the front-line at the Domestic Violence Crisis Service? Lindsay, a Crisis Intervention Team Member, was kind enough to share what an average day at the DVCS looks like to her.  8 am – I’m the first one to arrive this morning, so I disarm the alarm and unlock the door. My shift...
Million dollar upgrade of Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden starts
Environment
A $3 million facelift for the much loved and respected Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden is underway in 2019. A new purpose-built home for the heritage-listed Wallace Herbarium is on track to be complete by February. The former herbarium space will be converted into a new retail area to provide visitor services and sell quality, locally-made art, wares and produce. A...
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