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...
Bega family still smiling after Air Force rescue from outback
News
A Bega family has been rescued by the Royal Australian Air Force between Laverton and Coober Pedy; straddling outback South and Western Australia. Adventure and isolation has always been something Steve Scrivens and his family built into a holiday, but these most recent school holidays had twists and turns they are still wrestling with. "It's a case of be careful what...
Bega Valley Innovation Hub launches October 29 – come & see the future?
Community
The drive and momentum of the Bega Valley Innovation Hub is about to crystallise with the launch of this dynamic new frontier in the local economy. Business people, entrepreneurs, school students, anyone is invited to the launch on October 29 at the Bega Civic Centre. This long-held ambition of the local tech and entrepreneur community really started to take off...
Ray’s deep Monaro knowledge keeps his sheep going in dry times
News
A veteran of the Monaro landscape is making the most of green pick on the edge of Cooma to get his sheep through the ongoing drought. Eighty-year-old Ray Shingles is born and bred Monaro, chatting to him on horseback he points to the house he was born in. Ray says he has never seen his country so dry. His farm...
Cane toads in Canberra on the doorstep of southern NSW
Environment
Canberra locals are being asked to be on the lookout after a member of the public stumbled upon two poisonous rogue cane toads in Campbell last month. According to an ACT Parks and Conservation spokesperson, a Campbell resident came across the two adult cane toads near Rosenthal Street in mid-September, who then captured the toads and reported it to the conservation....
Investigations continue into Narooma sewer petrol scare
News
Investigators from the NSW Environmental Protection Authority and Eurobodalla Shire Council are today trying to identify the source of yesterday's (October 15) sewer contamination at Narooma after a flammable and potentially explosive liquid was detected. Those responsible face fines of up to $4000 for individuals and $8000 for corporations under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act. Council crews were conducting...
Alarm bells for Eurobodalla water supply, restrictions from October 20
News
The first alarm bells are ringing for the Eurobodalla's water supply as the ongoing drought hits home and starts to be felt broadly across the community. Flows in the Deua and Tuross Rivers which supply the Shire's drinking water, have all but ceased, stopping Council from drawing water. The Eurobodalla community is now relying solely on the water storage at...
Goulburn community solar farm caught in renewable policy drift
News
When former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was ousted, his National Energy Guarantee (NEG) went with him. Caught in the backwash has been Goulburn’s long-awaited community solar farm which has been put on hold until there’s more energy policy certainty on renewables. It’s not uncommon that regional and rural Australia gets put on the back burner when Canberra politicians upend policy...
Snowy Brumbies in a desperate state year round. WARNING – distressing images
News
The Dalgety man who took photos of dead brumbies in the Snowy River says he was horrified at what he saw. "As a reward for working hard all winter, I shouted myself a whitewater expedition down the river, really to learn more about the river and its Aboriginal heritage," says Felix Hearn. "What I didn't expect to see was such...
Women’s business blooms in the shadow of Gulaga at Tilba
Community
The rolling green hills of Tilba are known for many things. Settler history points to gold, timber, and dairy, even TV shows in recent times. Aboriginal history points to the healing power of this country especially the granite spires at the top of Gulaga, a place of deep spiritual significance to the Yuin People, a place for birthing and women's business....
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