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Rural Crime Detectives on the Monaro are asking for your help to identify the two men in this photo. These guys were snapped trespassing and hunting illegally on a property in the Tinderry area east of Michalago. Police are keen to speak with them. Chatter on the Monaro Police District Facebook page has questioned the date stamp on the photo being...
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The Bega Valley has delivered a resounding "bugger off" to those who want to develop a $10 million flight school at the grassy Frogs Hollow Airstrip between Merimbula and Bega. Close to 400 people packed into the Bega Civic Centre to address the State Government's Joint Regional Planning Panel who will determine the fate of the development. Because of the scale and...
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Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes, says she is proud to have worked with the community in developing the Rural Lands Strategy. Yesterday's (August 28) Council meeting to resolve the issue has been described as a marathon, which is perhaps fitting considering the plan has been on Council's agenda for six years. "What really hit me yesterday, listening to the speakers in...
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Mogo Zoo is in mourning after its beautiful silverback gorilla Kibabu died suddenly on Saturday (25 August). Tributes are flowing in from interstate and around the world for the 41-year-old primate, described as “a very wise soul” by the zoo’s owner Sally Padey. Kibabu’s death was unexpected, with Ms Padey telling About Regional that he hadn’t been sick and didn’t...
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Day thirteen (August 27) of the Yankees Gap Fire will see Remote Area Fire Fighters (RAFT) dropped into the vast burnt and burning landscape behind Bemboka, Numbugga, and Brogo. It's a physical assault on this 12,000-hectare fire that will be assisted by water bombing helicopters, with a focus on strategic hotspots northwest of Bemboka township. A community meeting in Upper Brogo...
Opinion
The Rural Lands Strategy planning proposal has been a hot topic of late for some in our community. The planning proposal will allow Council to implement the Rural Lands Strategy, adopted in 2016 after significant work with the community. That work over many years has resulted in a balanced strategy that recommends the preservation of larger and good quality grazing...
Arts & Culture
The flowers have started blooming, the volunteers are getting ready and the fences at Commonwealth Park are up as preparations get into full swing for the start of Floriade on September 15. This year’s 30-day festival promises to take visitors on a trip down memory lane through the theme of Pop Culture. Icons such as Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson...
Arts & Culture
The Festival of Open Minds looks to reawaken the art of civil debate and conversation on complex issues, experiences, and ideas. Hate, fear, and aggression have become part of disagreement, on September 1 at the Bega Civic Centre we aspire to increase understanding, share credible information, and perhaps agree to disagree. A dynamic program of speakers has been assembled for this TEDx style...
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There's black gold in them thar hills, and now we've got the figures to prove it. A decade on from the Canberra truffle industry's early days, Truffle Festival tourism is now worth around $8 million per annum to the region, according to research commissioned by local producers. There are more than 10,000 truffle tourists each year, and they'll spend up...
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The Surf Beach Waste Management Facility near Batemans Bay has been reopened ahead of the weekend following Wednesday's fire. Eurobodalla Shire Council advises that the tip is now fully operational and that fire services have been stood down. Shire Waste Manager, Adam Patyus says he is grateful for the efforts of the Rural Fire Service, NSW Fire and Rescue and...
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A moving video told from the point of view of a premature baby boy fighting for his life is going viral as it honours the firefighters who fought to protect the family’s South Coast home and save their “new beginning”. The at times gut-wrenching video begins by tracing the story of the Paewhenua family as they tried to overcome the...
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Just as the Bemboka community was gathering for a progress report on a fire they have been living with for a week, residents up the road at Surf Beach watched anxiously as flames sprung from their local tip. The unfolding emergency surprised everyone at around 2:15 pm yesterday (August 22) when the fire alarm rung at Surf Beach tip near Batemans...
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With Australians using around five billion plastic bags annually and less than 4 per cent recycled, Goulburn’s Boomerang Bags is doing its bit to save the environment - one bag at a time. The Goulburn group is part of a national grassroots, environmental movement that sews and distributes material bags as an alternative to plastic bags. So far, it’s handed...
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The fire and ice South East NSW has experienced this last week is part of a bigger weather system that will play out over the months ahead. Within the space of a 10-minute drive, some Monaro and Bega Valley locals have been able to travel between a raging bushfire that has wiped out three homes and a thick carpet of...
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People living the midst of the Yankees Gap Fire gathered last night (August 20) to hear how the flames that have haunted Bemboka, Numbugga, and Brogo for the last 6 days are going to be tamed. "We are moving from a reactive stage to a major containment operation," says Pam O'Brien, Deputy Incident Controller, National Parks and Wildlife Service. "The objective is...
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The Yankees Gap Fire is likely to grow and continue burning to the north over the next week as firefighters prepare for what Sunday's weather will bring. After Wednesday's devilish conditions destroyed three homes and five outbuildings, the Bega Valley Rural Fire Service used Thursday and Friday to prepare for what was expected to be challenging conditions on Saturday. "Saturday was largely...
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