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...
Fluoride flows for Bega Valley water supplies – Council votes “yes”
Environment
A ten-month debate at Bega Valley Shire Council came to an end this afternoon with councilors voting to add fluoride to most of the shire's remaining water supplies. Council has been adding fluoride to the Bega-Tathra system since 1963, today's six - two result in the chamber will see it added to two of Council's other water supplies. The long...
Feral fruit between Coast – Cooma – Canberra, delicious and part of history
Environment
The drive between the Far South Coast, Cooma, and Canberra is dotted with sites that make your mind wander. Dilapidated railway bridges, decaying wildlife, rows of rural letterboxes, and sparkling solar farms, all inspire thought and question for the mindful traveller or curious passenger. Right now, mixed with the scenic vistas on this 240km stretch of road is a more...
Tathra’s Hobbs Corner empties out signalling a back to work
Environment
The last camper in Hobbs Corner for the summer of 2017/18 has pleaded for Tathra's 'unspoilt' character and environment to be protected as he adds his own chapter to Tathra's history. This has been Stuart Howard's eighteenth summer camping just across the road from Tathra Beach. "I just love the place, it's a bit more laid back than Merimbula," Stuart...
“Keep going and see what comes” – Bombala’s Sandy Lewis
Arts & Culture
Sandy Lewis is putting down roots again. After a life living in all parts of Australia, this Army brat from Western Australia has settled in Bombala, with a sense of fate guiding her hand. Mind you Sandy says she is still West Australian to her core. "Dad was SAS (Special Air Services), so it was an interesting childhood - 16...
New citizens formalise their place in Bega Valley community.
Arts & Culture
Giving up your citizenship is a hard thing to get your head around if you were born in Australia. Generally speaking, being born in Australia is the Wonka Golden Ticket of citizenship. I guess there are Australian's that renounce their citizenship - Rupert Murdoch comes to mind, but Aussie's choosing citizenship of another country over the green and gold isn't...
Podcast 21 – A lesson in the art of rock balancing with Michael Grab
Arts & Culture
Today’s conversation is with Michael Grab. Michael’s rock balancing art stops the world dead, and in the same way that breathing just happens, your mind automatically asks, "How the hell does he do that?" https://vimeo.com/251245890 The gallery of photo and videos on his Gravity Glue website is extraordinary. Canadian born Michael has been on the Far South Coast of New...
Bombala kids shape design of all abilities playground
Arts & Culture
Buddy benches and reflection ponds are just a couple of the bright ideas Bombala students have come up with as part of their studies into playground design. Students from St Joseph’s Primary School have just presented a range of thoughtful and captivating 3D playground models, paving the way for future playground construction in Bombala. Following months of hard work, their...
About Regional Pop-Up Newsroom – what a great day in Bermagui!
Arts & Culture
The first About Regional Pop-Up Newsroom landed in Bermagui this week, based out of Julie Rutherford Real Estate we uncovered some of the untold stories of this town. Kelly Eastwood from River Cottage Australia dropped in to share her plans for a deli and cooking school... https://www.facebook.com/AboutRegional/videos/921549364666542/ Longtime Bermagui fisherman Allan Broadhurst talked about his life on the ocean... https://www.facebook.com/AboutRegional/videos/921593131328832/ The team...
European Carp making a home in Snowy Monaro waters, but…
Environment
European Carp have been using the warmer water temperatures of spring to move across the Snowy Monaro, bringing their destructive ways into new habitats. Since the 1850's, Carp have been spreading out into low land waterways like the Murray-Darling Basin, but in the last ten years, these ferals have been moving into higher elevations, places once thought too cold for...
Take a drone flight over Dignams Creek roadworks
Environment
The roadworks at Dignams Creek, south of Narooma are a real talking point for motorists negotiating the Princes Highway at the moment - the scale of the project is epic. Twenty-five large pieces of machinery are currently onsite supporting the work of 80 people, who during August, September, October shifted 100,000 cubic meters of earth. At one point in your journey...
Dual sex sea creatures swamp Far South Coast beaches
Environment
Locals and visitors have been returning beaches along the Eurobodalla and Bega Valley coastline, the chill of winter replaced with the temptation of a swim under big, bright, blue skies. But that springtime enthusiasm has been tempered on some beaches with the mass arrival of familiar but alien looking creatures - Bluebottles. Not one creature but many, these duel sex visitors...
“I am a wealthy man Ian, my family stuck together” – Bombala’s Ron Milliner.
Environment
Bombala's Ron and Lexie Milliner have worked hard, smart and with passion all their lives, they are now moving towards a kind of retirement that will keep them busy, but see them enjoying the spoils of their labour. Six months ago they all but wound up their long-running earth moving business. "We wanted to dismantle things while we still had our...
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