FREE four week health and well being support for Southern NSW
Health & Wellbeing
With the pressure of drought being felt across Southern NSW, and the added weight of Christmas and summer holidays approaching, new digital health and well-being support is being rolled out across the region. A 'personal assistant' to guide you towards a healthier lifestyle. Starting on November 11, this FREE 4-week challenge is open to 550 participants and comes with the...
Lifting more than steins at Oktoberfest this weekend
Food & Wine
When Canberra's Renaye Watchirs sees something heavy, her first thought is "can I lift that?" Renaye has been competing in Strongman competitions for about four years and loves the thrill of lifting. This weekend, she will compete in the Strongman competition at Oktoberfest, being held at the Queanbeyan Showgrounds from today (25 October) through to Sunday. Renaye competes alongside women (or...
“There is a lot that government could be doing that they are not” – Bega Valley dairy farmer Phil Ryan
News
Sitting in Phil Ryan's mostly empty hay shed at Toothdale, south-west of Bega, I get a sense of the real impact the drought is having and what's needed to set dairy farmers like Phil up for a sustainable future. "It can be tough, I've seen a psychologist a couple of times, there was a time where I shut down and...
Garage Sale Trail leads to Lilli Pilli with Lillipillooza
Arts & Culture
A local version of the famous music festival 'Lallapalooza' will spring from the sands of Lilli Pilli this Saturday - October 19. "Our very own mini Boosh Doof called 'Lillipillooza' will be held at 19 Lilli Pilli Rd, Lilli Pilli," says Bernie Richards of Refugee Action Collective Eurobodalla. "This fun festival fundraiser is part of the annual national Garage Sale...
Murrumbateman serves up a moving feast of wine and food
Food & Wine
It's been said that all good stories start with a glass of wine. In the case of David Faulks, who co-owns Tallagandra Hill Winery, the end was just the beginning. David's father Ron lived to the ripe age of 96. He died in 2017, an hour after David and the team at Tallagandra Hill Winery had finished hand-picking the Shiraz...
Kids-cooking-classes spring from River Cottage Australia at Eastwood’s Bermagui
Food & Wine
Kelly Eastwood is a busy woman. Most of the time she's to be found in her Bermagui kitchen - Eastwood's, not only cooking breakfast and lunch for customers, but prepping catering jobs, turning out her famous doughnuts, and now teaching our youngsters the joy of cooking. Kelly's been running hands-on cooking classes for kids for around a year, and the...
Feed run for southern farmers in the face of drought slap down
News
Farmers have taken to looking after their own in the face of a Federal Government slap down for South East NSW. "I am extremely disappointed," says Ashleigh Rood, from the Far South Coast Dairy Development Group. "I am absolutely gutted we didn't get looked at." Ms Rood is reflecting on the Morrison Government's $100 million drought support package announced at...
ACT winemakers are crushing the glass ceiling
Food & Wine
What are winemaking women talking about these days? Remarkably, the same topics the rest of us are talking about. After being named Owner-Operator of the Year at the Australian Women in Wine Awards in New York last week, Sarah McDougall of Lake George Winery, a 150-hectare property overlooking Lake George, says the hot topic in the Big Apple was the gender...
Birthday marks two years of good deeds for Sapphire Community Pantry
Community
A powerful force of good in the Bega Valley community has just marked its second birthday. The Sapphire Community Pantry is now serving over 200 customers a week from its HQ on Peden Street, Bega. Led by Christine Welsh and Peter Buggy, the Pantry's aim is "supporting people to nourish themselves, their families and their communities" through reclaimed and donated...
Chook Chat with Cheryl Nelson – making chook poo tea for your garden
Community
Chickens give us a host of useful services and it’s clear the more we care for our chickens, the more services they happily provide! One of their endless gifts is chicken manure. A single chook produces about 1kg of manure each week. We can make very good use of that! Keeping backyard chickens and growing a bountiful, beautiful garden go...
Delay on Bega Valley FOGO compost while ‘cooks’ tweak recipe
Community
Bega Valley Shire Council’s FOGO compost cooks are tweaking their recipe following feedback from home gardeners. The change means compost might not be available over spring while the new procedures are bedded down. Council’s organics team has introduced a new curing period before releasing the popular compost for sale after reports that fluctuating pH levels were creating problems for local...
Mail order brides: Queen Bees plus postage and handling
Environment
Picture me, skimming magazine advertisements for beautiful, mail-order Queens. Italian queens, and Russians of course. You can pay per queen, with discounts on orders over 10, over 50, over 100. Carniolan Queens, inseminated breeder queens, rapid response behaviour queens, plus postage... wait, what kind of magazine is this? A copy of Australasian Beekeeper was brazenly left open in my local library, not...
Get a head start on the best to see and do this summer – Narooma Tourism Expo, this Monday night
Economy
Before the rush of friends and family arrive for summer in our beautiful backyard, the Narooma Chamber of Commerce is laying out the options to keep them busy and having fun during their stay. The inaugural Narooma and Surrounds Tourism Expo will held on Monday night - September 23. "One of the largest tourism sectors to come to the Eurobodalla...
Horticulture heresy – garlic swindle uncovered ‘guru’ pleads guilty
News
The Australian garlic industry is in shock with Leticia Ware, Tasmanian garlic grower, ‘guru’ of the industry, and Chair of the Australian Garlic Industry Association (AGIA), charged with the illegal importation of garlic. In fact, anyone aware of the implications for Australian agriculture would have been dumbfounded. In early September, Ware pleaded guilty to 10 charges; three counts of aggravated...
Meet the mum from Bega booming with her low carb baking business
Food & Wine
The Protein Bread Co caught my attention whilst embarking on the 'post baby bounce back keto diet' I set myself 12 months ago. Most 'low carb' flour products leave little to be desired and have you back on the carby sugars before you finish the packet! I can't claim this bread helped me lose weight but it did allow me...
Spring Equinox to mark 10 years of SAGE in the Eurobodalla
Community
Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of SAGE - Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening Eurobodalla, with a Spring Equinox picnic will be a timely reminder of how an idea planted a decade ago has developed strong roots and continues to grow and produce great outcomes for the community. “It’s a wonderful achievement on many levels," says SAGE President Mark Barraclough. “We are recognised as...
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