Why Government should not be competing with small oyster businesses – Leanne Atkinson
Opinion
Small businesses should be owned and operated by families and private individuals – not by the government. This is why the decision of Premier Berejiklian to take a $3.3 million ownership stake in Australia’s Oyster Coast (AOC) in my mind is contentious and controversial. Small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy, particularly in regional areas like ours. They create...
Canberra key to Monaro rail trail’s potential tourism bonanza for region
News
The development of a recreational trail along the disused rail line between Queanbeyan and Bombala would add $4 million a year to the regional economy, according to a pre-feasibility study. The study, prepared by TRC Tourism for Monaro Rail Trail Inc, examined the case for establishing a trail for cyclists, walkers and runners along the 213km corridor, concluding that the potential tourism...
Tathra’s Matthew Nott takes to the sky above Canberra – climate action NOW!
News
When the word 'NOW' appeared in the sky above Canberra yesterday afternoon (4 December), locals were left unsure as to its meaning, leading to a trail of suggestions ranging from half-written 'Monica's to calls for an early election. That didn't bother the man behind the skywriting, Tathra's Dr Matthew Nott, the founder of Clean Energy for Eternity. In fact, he capitalised on...
“You go from one extreme to the other in this job, every day is different” – Detective Sergeant Justin Marks
News
One of the region's leading police officers says he'll be happy to see the back of 2018. Detective Sergeant Justin Marks has led some of the biggest local police investigations of last year. His feelings reflect the intensity of some of those jobs and the impact these crimes and incidents have had on his community. Marks was a finalist in...
Violence against Women: Whose Problem is it?
Community
Here are a couple of alarming, hard-hitting facts to absorb: In Australia, more than one woman every week dies at the hands of a current or former partner. In the world, one in three women will experience violence in their lifetime. The UN Women National Committee (UNWNC) is having a 16-Day Campaign of Activism against gender-based violence. The campaign (#HearMeToo)...
South Coast and ACT citizen scientists win national award
Science
Citizen scientists from Southern NSW and Canberra have been singled out at a national level for their grassroots work in local forests, grasslands, and coastal estuaries. The Atlas of Life and NatureMapr Network have been announced the winners of the 2018 Banksia Foundation Community Sustainability Award. The Banksia Foundation is a well-established not-for-profit organisation dedicated to working with government, industry,...
Volunteer fundraisers: Unsung heroes when it comes to Goulburn hospital
Community
The BDCU Goulburn Hospital Fundraising Inc. might be small in number but its efforts have been gigantic, providing patients with access to around $400,000 worth of equipment that the NSW Government health budget hasn’t necessarily covered. In April of this year, the committee’s hard work was recognised, receiving an award from NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian for ‘Outstanding Fundraising Efforts’. It’s...
Fire bombing aircraft stationed at Canberra Airport ready to help Sth NSW
News
The region's fire-fighting capacity has been significantly boosted with the establishment of a base at Canberra Airport for large aircraft on fire-bombing missions. The ACT Emergency Services Agency announced this week that the ACT's first Fire Bombing Air Base where Large Air Tankers for bushfire suppression will be stationed during the summer. Minister for Police and Emergency Services Mick Gentleman...
NSW shark management strategy heads south to Bega Valley beaches
News
The concept of being preyed upon by a shark in the deep, dark ocean while we are quite literally out of our depth is a primitive human fear. But how often are sharks actually in the same stretch of water as us humans? The NSW state government is taking steps to find out, trialling SMART drumline technology, along with drone...
South Coast Police warn – “Cars are ovens” for kids and animals
News
With the weather heating up, officers from the South Coast Police District are reminding the community how dangerous a hot car can be to children and animals left unattended. The warning comes after police from Batemans Bay had to smash a car window to rescue a small child who had accidentally locked himself in the family car. The car had...
‘Wild Wombat’ attracts over 200 riders to the forests of Mogo
Sport
The inaugural Jetblack Wild Wombat mountain bike event in Mogo at the weekend attracted over 200 riders from all over NSW and the ACT. The team relay classifications were popular with groups of up to six taking to the 10 km loop track around Deep Creek Dam south of Batemans Bay on Saturday (December 1), Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens acting...
Monaro has massive potential for renewable hydro energy
Environment
One of Australia's leading renewable energy experts says the Monaro region's pumped hydro potential could help to establish base-load power for a wholly renewable energy system within the next decade. Professor Andrew Blakers, director of the ANU's Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems, believes that in addition to Snowy Hydro 2, there are "plenty of other opportunities" for pumped hydro in the...
Nurses lead digital innovation in ageing and end-of-life care
Health & Wellbeing
Two nurses with a passion for aged care have thrown in their jobs to become digital entrepreneurs dedicated to empowering people as they age or face the end of their life. "We are two nurses out of our comfort zone," laughs Rebecca Glover, co-founder of ExSitu. Rebecca and her business partner April Creed have over 45 years combined experience in...
The right balance between humans and flying foxes – Mayor Liz Innes
News
With the chatter of a small flying fox camp at Catalina being monitored, Eurobodalla Shire Councillors have endorsed a new management plan that looks to strike a balance between the needs of residents and this vulnerable native species. According to Council, there are currently around 1,600 Grey-headed Flying Foxes just south of the Batemans Bay CBD. Residents are being asked...
Mates tackle Snowy Mountains trail run to help retired greyhounds
Community
Ethan Sharp and Tom Metcalfe were rendered speechless when they first heard of the plight of greyhounds, left homeless and abandoned once their final race was run. A year has passed since the ACT Government legislated a ban on greyhound racing. For the greyhounds who no longer have a career path in front of them, this meant that there would...
Pialligo Estate shares their secrets to a perfectly glazed Christmas Ham
Health & Wellbeing
Glazed ham has long been a Christmas tradition in many Australian households and for good reason! If you get it right, the glossy, glistening ham with its irresistible, shiny, lacquered finish makes a spectacular centrepiece. When carved, it reveals the juicy pink meat below, ready to feed a hungry crowd. But how do you ensure you nail it every time?...
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