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...
Stately Jeir home wins HIA’s top award for Southern Highlands builder
Property
Ageless, stately, elegant. This rural home in Jeir, north of the ACT in wine country has been designed and built to stand the test of time. The effort from Southern Highlands builder Quality Country Homes was rewarded with the Home of the Year award from the Housing Industry Association ACT and Southern NSW at its annual awards on Saturday night....
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...
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...
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...
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...
Better water and better health promised during $175 million day
News
Five months out from the NSW Election it's easy to be cynical about politicians making announcements worth $175 million dollars. As the NSW Premier and the Member for Bega did just that today (October 31) in the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla, comments about "pork barrelling" and "buying votes" filtered through the live feed on About Regional Facebook. Given political history...
Regional communities come together to share their experience with disaster
News
Over the last seven months, the Bega Valley community has shown great resilience in the face of bushfires. That said, it has been tough and people will struggle for a while yet. On Thursday night (November 1) community leaders from a number of other regional areas will be in Tathra to share their experience: • Jane Laverty, Regional Manager, Northern Rivers NSW...
From Australian rituals to Australian birds, Matt Chun invites you to take a second look
Arts & Culture
Bermagui-based artist Matt Chun is drawing an oversized cassowary made up of hundreds of tiny white lines and dots on the front window of Candelo Books in Bega. In between strokes of the pen, he is carefully erasing his own fingerprints from the glass - the finished picture is a result of his self-described perfectionism. Chun is drawing on bookshop...
Tilba Real Dairy – responding to the environment and the market
News
Erica and Nick Dibden, the brains, heart, and passion behind Tilba Real Dairy shake their heads when they talk about how they used to bottle their award-winning creamy jersey milk. "We used to hand label every bottle," Erica says standing in front of their new bottling plant. "It was one bottle at a time with someone at the end screwing the cap on....
PM witnesses drought resilience at The Mulloon Institute
News
The Mulloon Institute (TMI) welcomed Prime Minister Scott Morrison to its campus at Mulloon Creek Natural Farms (MCNF) on Thursday (25 October), to see first-hand how landscape repair and rehydration is boosting the farm’s drought resilience and improving agricultural output. Situated between Bungendore and Braidwood, the not-for-profit Mulloon Institute has been a leading light land rehydration. Through research, education and...
Ancient Monga magic in flower, blooming now – don’t miss it!
Community
For just a few weeks a year, a small and delicate waratah can be seen at Monga National Park, 20 minutes east of Braidwood, just off the Kings Highway near Clyde Mountain. From late October the Telopea mongaensis brings a contrasting splash of red to the variations of green along the Mongarlowe River. This little-known Monga Waratah, a shrub up...
Would you eat a Canberra kangaroo?
Community
Culling the ACT's kangaroos has caused plenty of angst over the years. But should we eat the urban roos instead of dumping them? Professor George Wilson from the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the ANU says that an improved Australian kangaroo meat industry would have benefits for animal welfare and the environment both locally and around Australia. Professor...
Idyllic escape to tranquil temple on the South Coast
Health & Wellbeing
Everyone knows the time-honoured axiom: “Happy wife, happy life”. However, this relationship motto is especially important when your partner is a mother of two young children and needs a well-deserved break. So I made it my duty to find a relaxing, soul-cleaning retreat that wasn’t too far from Canberra for a much-needed getaway. We needed somewhere luxurious, quiet and secluded...
More farmers give ‘greenie’ science the thumbs up
Environment
Farmers are increasingly turning to environmental science to find practical ways of improving soils and productivity. A key breakthrough has been river and creek restoration which is resulting in healthier pastures and less erosion. And while fencing off waterways and replanting native vegetation was once viewed with suspicion and, perhaps, labelled as ‘greenie science’, it is now gaining wider acceptance...
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