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...
The next step in the Eurobodalla’s local food economy. Have your say here!
Environment
The Eurobodalla food economy is pushing forward - like a pumpkin vine that sprouts from a compost heap. "Growers are outgrowing the farmers market," says local food advocate Kate Raymond. "They need more avenues through which to sell at a high enough margin to keep doing what they're doing." In recent years, the river town of Moruya has seen increasing...
Tathra Wharf recycled into a new future following monster seas
Arts & Culture
The record-breaking seas that slammed into the much loved Tathra Wharf in June 2016 have opened a new chapter in the history of this 150-year-old structure. The timber that was salvaged from the wrecked sections of decking and pylons has been snapped up with a sense of reverence. A host of upcycled projects has been born spreading the affection for this Far...
About Regional, Podcast 11 – The Great Southern Forest
Arts & Culture
The National Folk Festival in Canberra is underway and there is somewhat a South East take over happening with a bunch of artists from this side of the mountain performing. People like Heath Cullen, Kate Burke, Mike Martin, Sam Martin, Stonewave Taiko and the Djaadjawan Dancers are all taking centre stage. In the week’s leading up to the National, South...
New eco-tourism venture adds a touch of luxury to the Light to Light adventure
Environment
The pink and purple coastline that stretches south from Twofold Bay at Eden has long inspired bold and daring feats, and it continues to do so in 2017 with the launch of a new eco-tourism venture. Light to Light Camps rolls out the red carpet for small groups of hikers, the first party of four 'mature' ladies has just returned...
Making sense of Candelo’s flying foxes – perhaps we can decide to cope with them?
Environment
There’s a colony of grey-headed flying foxes in Candelo, in the massive old plane tree by the bridge.  On the latest count, there are around 1400 bats roosting in its branches. There aren’t many native species that arrive on our doorsteps in such sudden, large numbers, and with such noise, visibility, and aroma. We'll never see 1400 wombats hanging out on Candelo Oval at the...
The big dry – how to help your garden survive with plants up to the challenge
Environment
Everything is crispy, trees are turning up their toes and dust is now the common ground cover. How on earth can we keep a productive vegetable patch and prevent fruit trees from losing their crop in these extreme dry times? Part of the answer - grow plants that are up to the challenge. Heat tolerant plants for the vegetable garden:...
‘Very soon I will crack and destroy everything’ – a 14 year old’s call for action
Environment
It's eleven years since Clean Energy for Eternity (CEFE) was first conceived. On New Years Day 2006, orthopedic surgeon Dr Matthew Nott was on duty with Tathra Surf Life Saving Club, enduring the hottest day his town had ever experienced - 42 degrees. There have been hotter days since, 44.6 degrees on January 18, 2013 is Tathra's current record. While keeping an eye...
Yellow buoys off Merimbula and Malua Bay listening for sharks
Environment
The sapphire waters of the Far South Coast naturally draw your attention - forever changing, forever surprising. This summer, just below Batemans Bay at Maula Bay and further south at Merimbula, a tall yellow buoy beyond the last line of breakers will catch your eye as your bum finds that sweet spot in the sand. It's a Shark Listening Station or...
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