The Festival of Open Minds – challenging bias, fostering conversation, building understanding
What's On
The Festival of Open Minds has been inspired by a regional community that values shared conversation, personal reflection, the wisdom of experience, and FUN! A dynamic program of speakers has been assembled for September 1 at the Bega Civic Centre, a TEDx style event that will have people talking. The broad festival theme is ‘change’. The Festival of Open Minds...
Monaro Police want to speak to these men – but who are they?
News
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...
Community steps out to reject Frogs Hollow Flight School
News
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...
Corks pop as Eurobodalla Rural Lands Strategy passes Council
News
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...
Tributes flow after Mogo Zoo’s ‘very wise’ silverback gorilla dies suddenly
News
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...
A new week starts on the Yankees Gap Fire, strategic hot spots targeted
News
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...
Eurobodalla Mayor’s Message – “It’s time our rural landowners had some certainty”
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...
Pop Culture beats through Floriade 2018 in Canberra
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...
Festival of Open Minds program released – got your tickets yet?
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...
Truffles – adding value to farm income and Canberra Region economy
Arts & Culture
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...
Surf Beach tip open for the weekend after Wednesday’s fire emergency
News
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...
Viral video celebrates life and reflects on loss following Milton bushfire
News
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...
Fires from Surf Beach to Bemboka put smoke and tension in the air
News
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...
Boomerang Bags help in Goulburn’s war on waste
Arts & Culture
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...
Fire, snow, and good surf on the same day in South East NSW, weather explained with Sean Carson
News
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...
“Weeks not days” – Community hears of plan to tackle Yankees Gap Fire
News
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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