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Following a community meeting in Michelago last week, the Saturday morning waste collection service will continue into the foreseeable future. Residents living outside the town will still bring their rubbish into town on a Saturday morning, an outcome they are pleased with. For residents living in the Michelago village, as well as the villages of Nimmitabel and Bredbo, kerbside collections...
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The NSW Rural Fire Service is asking residents across southern NSW to join with volunteer firefighters and prepare for the bushfire season during 'Get Ready Weekend' this weekend (September 22 & 23). The invitation is there to drop into your local RFS station and get involved in fun family events including kids activities, firefighting displays, opportunities to get aboard a...
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The South Coast’s first offshore artificial reef has been plonked in the waters of Merimbula Bay with the aim of attracting life and improving fishing opportunities ahead of the summer holidays. The $1.1 million project has been funded from the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust, following advocacy from the Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club. The reef is located 2.5km southeast...
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Cyclists of all abilities and ages have two events to choose from as NSW Bike Week rolls into the Eurobodalla this weekend. This Saturday, (September 22) Eurobodalla Shire Council will host a Clyde River Bike Ride along the Clyde River Foreshore in Batemans Bay. Council’s Recreation Development Coordinator Matt Neason is encouraging residents to get out and enjoy the great...
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One of the most beautiful spots on the Far South Coast has been witness to an ugly intersection between man and nature. A juvenile Humpback Whale has washed ashore dead on Long Beach (also known as Haycock Beach) at the northern end of Ben Boyd National Park, near the famous Pinnacles between Pambula and Eden. Long Beach sits at the foot...
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The effort against the Yankees Gap Fire burning in the Bega Valley for the last 34 days has seen a spectacular escalation with a large air tanker adding muscle and confidence. The tanker, known as 'Boomer' carries 11,000 litres of water or fire retardant and made seven runs over Yankees Gap yesterday (September 16). It is back in action today, returning to...
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For a large part of Saturday (September 15) nowhere in South East NSW felt safe from fire, it's a feeling that is already chipping away at the region's lust for summer as the vast Yankees Gap Fire looms like a volcano in the drought-stricken landscape. Day 32 of this 15,500-hectare fire presented a flashpoint we had been warned about and feared....
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2018 brings a change in direction for the annual Bega Tathra Safe Ride NSW Bike Week Community Ride. The inaugural ride 12 months ago saw around 270 riders peddle from Tathra to Bega, this year cyclists of all abilities and experience will tackle the 16km paved route in reverse. Well not actually in reverse, that would be a big ask,...
Environment
Whale watchers and boaties at sea have been keeping watch for a whale feared to be entangled in marine debris. The possible entanglement was reported off the Narooma coastline near Montague Island on Saturday. The National Parks and Wildlife Service launched a plane from Merimbula Airport on Sunday in an attempt to locate the whale. A spokesperson says at this...
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Regional voices have been loud on the first parliamentary sitting day of the new Morrison Government in Canberra. Farmers from across southern New South Wales have gathered in front of Parliament House frustrated by the new Prime Minister's response so far to climate change. "I am really disappointed at the first indications from the Morrison Government, it looks like nothing is going...
Community
Dear Catherine, Thanks for being the opening speaker for the Festival of Open Minds held in Bega last Friday on the first day of Spring. You left us feeling a sense of deepest honour and respect for baring your heart and life to us. Ian Campbell nailed it when he said that you opened our hearts as well as our...
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NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service has released a new, free mobile app, providing park visitors with information and maps at their fingertips to help improve their park experience. With information on over 225 national parks and hundreds of things to see, do, and places to stay, it's the ultimate NSW parks guide for your phone. The NSW National Parks...
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The Festival of Open Minds has been inspired by a regional community that values shared conversation, personal reflection, the wisdom of experience, and FUN! A dynamic program of speakers has been assembled for September 1 at the Bega Civic Centre, a TEDx style event that will have people talking. The broad festival theme is ‘change’. The Festival of Open Minds...
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Rural Crime Detectives on the Monaro are asking for your help to identify the two men in this photo. These guys were snapped trespassing and hunting illegally on a property in the Tinderry area east of Michalago. Police are keen to speak with them. Chatter on the Monaro Police District Facebook page has questioned the date stamp on the photo being...
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The Bega Valley has delivered a resounding "bugger off" to those who want to develop a $10 million flight school at the grassy Frogs Hollow Airstrip between Merimbula and Bega. Close to 400 people packed into the Bega Civic Centre to address the State Government's Joint Regional Planning Panel who will determine the fate of the development. Because of the scale and...
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Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes, says she is proud to have worked with the community in developing the Rural Lands Strategy. Yesterday's (August 28) Council meeting to resolve the issue has been described as a marathon, which is perhaps fitting considering the plan has been on Council's agenda for six years. "What really hit me yesterday, listening to the speakers in...
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