Postcard 3 from Timor Leste – Balibo and Ego Lemos. By Tim Holt
Arts & Culture
I wake before 6am to the sounds of the Sisters and the congregation singing during early morning prayers. The beauty of their voices and harmonies is mesmerising, an absolute joy to experience... The day dawns overcast, hot & sticky. The temperature hovers around 34 degrees during the day dipping to just 24 overnight. So I have no complaint about the...
Calling candidates for Snowy Monaro Regional Council
Environment
The wheels of democracy are starting to spin again across the High Country with nominations now open for candidates at the September 9 Local Council Election. Eleven councilors will sit in the chamber of the merged Snowy Monaro Regional Council, which has been run for the past 15 months by former Cooma Mayor, Dean Lynch. In his role as Administrator,...
Research about Aboriginal society is not news to this Moruya audience
Arts & Culture
News this week that Aboriginal people reached Australia at least 65,000 years ago won't come as a surprise to those who saw Mallacoota based writer Bruce Pascoe speak in Moruya last April. Research out of new excavations of a rock shelter at the base of the Arnhem Land escarpment in the Northern Territory has pushed back estimates of human arrival on...
Head garbos point to new opportunities in the local ‘war on waste’
Environment
'Head garbos' across the region have welcomed the supermarket ban on light weight plastic bags but are looking to new opportunities and challenges in their ever present 'war on waste'. Woolworths and Coles were tripping over themselves in announcing the news last week, both committing to a phase out of single use bags over the next 12 months. Shoppers will...
Postcard 2 from Timor Leste, touch down in Dili. By Tim Holt
Arts & Culture
The Air North flight from Darwin to Dili can take 76 passengers and it’s a full house. Two Australian school groups and their teachers, all bubbling with excitement for the adventure that lies ahead. One group is bearing gifts of ukuleles, fourteen in all. I imagine a Timorese ukulele orchestra in the making. We land in Dili a little after...
Landmark Monaro tree hollow gets a resident
Environment
This old girl has seen a few Monaro winters and it seems she now has something to cuddle up to.
Batemans Bay pitches to a future as the State points to a pot of gold
Arts & Culture
Batemans Bay's seaside location is guiding a vision for the town's future, with the Business and Tourism Chamber inspiring a plan that includes floating pontoons in the CBD and a pier off Hanging Rock for cruise ships to pull up alongside. Lead by newish president David Maclachlan, the Chamber is making the most of the State Government's pitch for big ideas that...
River Cottage Australia @ Central Tilba sold! Meet the new owner
Arts & Culture
The new owner of the River Cottage Australia property at Central Tilba on the New South Wales Far South Coast is a 36-year-old single builder from Sydney looking for a place to put roots down and call home. Tristan Diethelm says he is comfortable with the price he paid for the famous TV set but wouldn't reveal the final figure....
Over $5 million for local cycleways including Bega to Tathra link
Environment
The long-awaited Bega to Tathra cycleway is set to become a reality with $3 million set aside in the NSW Budget this week. Member for Bega, Andrew Constance said, “I am so excited to confirm the funds to build this important project." “This will not only better connect two of our great communities it will also provide a fantastic tourism driver...
Fear and fluoride, bedfellows amidst conflicting “evidence”
Environment
The potential fluoridation of the Tantawanglo-Kiah Water System (Candelo, Wolumla, Merimbula, Tura, Pambula, Eden, Kiah) and the Brogo - Bermagui Water System (Quaama, Cobargo, Brogo, Wallaga Lake, Bermagui) has divided the Bega Valley community. With Bega Valley Shire Council’s decision on whether to fluoridate or not still pending, the way forward seems far from clear. By the way, the Bega...
About Regional presents TEDx Sydney in Bega – get your tickets here!
Arts & Culture
TEDx Sydney is the leading platform for promoting Australian ideas, creativity, and innovation to the rest of the world, and this year Bega gets a front row seat. TED is a not for profit organisation devoted to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’, you might be familiar with TED Talks - a global video and podcast sensation. These talks of between 5 and...
About Regional, podcast 14 – your solar power questions answered
Environment
Long before Donald Trump turned America’s back on the Paris Agreement, Australian families decided that investing in solar energy for their homes and businesses made sense, in fact Australia has the highest take-up rate in the world. The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage is keen to build on that and have just been in the region, dropping in on towns where...
Eurobodalla Citizens Jury – $100,000, 86 recommendations. Worthwhile?
Arts & Culture
Is Council spending your money on the right things? If not, what should it change? That was the question put to the Eurobodalla Citizens Jury, a group of 28 randomly selected residents. Starting in June 2016, the Citizens Jury reported back to Council in December making a wide range of recommendations from business development to land use to the role of the...
About Regional, podcast 13 – Reusable water bottles for every high school student
Environment
This week, one man takes on the garbage building in our oceans… Every high school student in the Bega Valley will soon have a reusable drink bottle, cutting the need for single use, light weight, disposable plastic water bottles. Over the last couple of months’ students at Eden Marine High School, and Lumen Christi Catholic College at Pambula have received...
Put the kettle on, it’s time to get in the garden. Kathleen’s autumn-winter checklist.
Environment
The colder months are here and our region really feels it. Life retreats only planning to stir with the first rays of spring, but don't you retreat from your vegepatch or orchard, there are things to be done and still food to grow. First a bit of observance - with a cuppa and sitting in the sun in the middle of...
Demystifying solar power in Cooma, Eden, Ulladulla and Queanbeyan
Environment
The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) are hosting free ‘Demystifying Solar’ seminars for businesses and households across South East NSW. Mark Fleming, from OEH said the seminars will explain in plain-English the different types of solar technology available and the trends in solar power use in Australia and around the world. “We had such a positive response to...
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