NSW Premier drops 37 million dollars on the Far South Coast in one day
News
Premier Gladys Berejiklian has made a sweep of the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla making significant cash deposits along the way. It feels like a long time since a NSW Premier of any political persuasion ventured into the Bega Electorate for such a visit; yesterday's (March 26) won't be forgotten for a while. The day started with $10 million for Tathra...
Tathra Bushfire Evacuation Centre closes a new chapter of generosity
Community
A new generation of community support has stepped forward in the wake of the Tathra Bushfires. "The old girls of Bega" who have answered the call for help countless times during their history in the Bega Valley say they have never seen a response like the one witnessed at the Bega Showground Evacuation Centre over the last three and a...
Hope restored as Tathra starts to head home for a new beginning
News
One Tathra family who lost their "forever home" have moved to reassure and thank firefighters who battled Sunday's furnace. Media speculation today has suggested incompetence by the Rural Fire Service for declining offers of help from Fire & Rescue NSW in the early stages of the blaze. Flames from the Reedy Swamp Fire gathered momentum and travelled the 17km east...
Tathra residents wait in line to find out the fate of their home
News
As the sun was setting behind the hills to the west of Bega the people of Tathra lined up to find out the fate of their homes. Tonight's briefing from the Rural Fire Service followed a day to assessments within the devastated community of 1,700 people. "Access to the fire ground will not be available until Wednesday afternoon at the...
Built on a solid sense of community, Tathra faces adversity together.
News
Day two of the Tathra bushfire emergency has broken under smokey skies but thankfully without the hideous heat and north-westerly winds that put lives at risk yesterday and destroyed at least 70 homes in the idyllic seaside village of Tathra, east of Bega on the New South Wales Far South Coast. Given the haste and intensity of the emergency, it's...
Local projects in need of Snowy Hydro dollars – transport to culture and sport
News
The full sale of Snowy Hydro to the Federal Government is a $4.2 billion injection into the New South Wales economy, and the Mayor's of South East NSW are lining up to spend it. Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, and Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro, John Barilaro have "ring-fenced" those dollars for infrastructure projects in rural and regional NSW. "4.2 billion...
Bermagui’s natural sculptures showcase man made talent – Sculpture Bermagui on now!
Arts & Culture
Summer in Bermagui is busy, a time when locals surrender their beaches and cafes to welcome tourists, but what only locals know is that autumn is the best time in Bermagui. The water is warmer, the Gang Gang’s move into the Spotted Gums, a fire at night becomes an option again, the daytime sun is a little weaker but still...
Summer 2017/18 – a wrap of nature’s peak season in South East NSW
Environment
Summer is nature's peak season in South East NSW. Fauna and flora look to those warm rays from the sun to flourish and keep their species going. Survival of the fittest means something new in these days of rapid environmental change; creatures of feather, fur, and fin are responding differently to those influences, and it's often something that can be...
NSW schools boss Mark Scott meets southern principals in Batemans Bay
Arts & Culture
The principals of 50 public schools from across Southern New South Wales have gathered in Batemans Bay to meet with chiefs of the NSW Education Department. Schools from the Monaro, Far South Coast, Illawarra, Shoalhaven, Southern Tablelands, Southern Highlands and Queanbeyan were all represented, part of a road trip by Department Secretary, Mark Scott, Deputy Secretary School Operations and Performance,...
Regional Forest Agreements – something to think about this weekend.
Environment
The rules of polite conversation are clear; politics and religion are generally no-go areas, and in Southern New South Wales, foresty, logging, and woodchips are perhaps also on that list given the volatile nature of debate in the past. But the rules of polite conversation don't resolve or inform discussion. In recent weeks the State and Federal Governments have been...
Big fish dumped at Bermagui – “Frustrating and disappointing”
News
Bega Valley Shire Council says it's disappointed and frustrated by a recent incident of fish waste being dumped in a shared community space at Bermagui. New Wallaga Lake resident Deborah Taylor came upon the fishy horror scene one day last week while walking her dog at Bermagui Harbour. The heads of a number of big Marlin along with fish frames...
FOGO – the Bega Valley’s bold step in the “War on Waste”
Environment
The Bega Valley is on the verge of reshaping its definition of garbage. The Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) bin collection that will start later this year will divert around 1000 tonnes of household waste from the shire’s landfill and turn it into high-quality compost. Garbage won’t be garbage anymore but the building blocks of healthy soil and a good garden....
Trial off-leash area at Long Beach as Euro Council continues wider review
Environment
  The Long Beach Community Association is celebrating news that new dog exercise areas will be trialed on their beautiful strip of sand. The request came from the Community Association and was championed by Eurobodalla Shire Mayor Liz Innes at Tuesday's (27 February) Council meeting; a unanimous decision when the vote came. Under the trial, dogs will remain prohibited on...
A new Pooh Bear’s Corner on the Monaro? What do you know about it?
Community
Pooh Bear’s Corner on the Kings Highway between Canberra and Batemans Bay has been delighting travelers for decades, and it would appear that something similar is being created on the Monaro Highway just out of Cooma. In recent weeks, extra teddy bears have been slung into the hollow of an old Ribbon Gum northwest of Nimmitabel. The first teddy; a...
Far South Coast beaches weed free but for how much longer?
Environment
The beaches of the Bega Valley are clean and largely weed free for a reason. It doesn’t just happen. This 225 kilometre strip of gold and sapphire coastline is tended to like a garden, a huge community effort that has just celebrated ten years of grassroots environmental action. But as this collaboration between traditional owners, government agencies, and community organisations...
Sideshow clowns open door to grassroots democracy at your local show
Arts & Culture
Politics is part of every country show. There is the tongue-in-cheek variety between Jersey and Friesian dairy farmers, between sheep and goat graziers, and between dressage horses and motorbike clubs, but room is always made for the "more serious" variety, the politics that normally takes place in a parliament house or council chamber. In fact, country shows provide one of...
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