Health & Wellbeing

Eurobodalla health improvements advance but patience and money still needed
News
Eurobodalla locals have been asked to be patient as health planners and project managers work on getting the region's new hospital "right". Pointing to $180 million worth of infrastructure works already underway at Goulburn, Cooma, and Yass hospitals, executives from Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD)  worked to reassure a crowd of around 80 people at the Batemans Bay Soldiers...
From Braidwood to Mogo, helping NSW farmers with Christmas cheer
News
Two old friends have joined a new national movement to spread a little Christmas cheer to rural women doing it tough around New South Wales. Helen Farley, of Braidwood and Theresa Matthews, of Mogo, are both collecting parcels for distribution by drought-relief organization Ladies of the Land, which delivers parcels of treats to women living and working on farms during...
Indigenous blood samples begin long journey home
News
Sacred blood samples from the Galiwin'ku people of Elcho Island in Arnhem Land have started their long journey home after being housed at the ANU for more than 50 years. The 200 blood samples were collected in the 1960s after a typhoid outbreak on Elcho Island, and form part of the collection at the National Centre for Indigenous Genomics at ANU....
Southern comfort for our northern brothers and sisters living with bushfire
News
The bushfire emergency across Northern New South Wales and Queensland is all too close for the communities of the Bega Valley. On one hellish afternoon in March 2018, 65 homes were destroyed in the Reedy Swamp, Vimy Ridge, and Tathra Bushfire. Like the current crisis, conditions at the time were described as "unprecedented". A handful of months later the communities...
Lake Burley Griffin’s first inflatable water park takes shape for Saturday launch
Sport
Lake Burley Griffin's first inflatable water park is set to make a splash this weekend when it officially opens on Saturday off Black Mountain Peninsula at 10am. The park has been taking shape this week with the operators inflating sections and fixing them in place on the water. Park manager David Watts says the climate over summer makes the inflatable...
Ocean outfall decision questioned, council confident of end result
News
Last week's meeting of Bega Valley Shire Council unanimously approved the location of a 2.6 km ocean outfall in Merimbula Bay. There was a sense of councillors not really having too much choice as plans for the Merimbula Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) upgrade advance. A number of times during the discussion and in previous communication around the project, Council has...
Pitch for Canberra to host Asia Pacific’s very first accessible tourism conference and Expo
Business
With the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability commencing public hearings this week, the general public will be forced to confront how we have often failed to create a safe, inclusive and supportive community for people with disabilities. It is vitally important to shine a light on where the system is failing people with disabilities and...
Frustration grows as wait for new Eurobodalla hospital drags
News
It's just over 12 months since the NSW Premier and Member for Bega were presented with a petition of over 3,000 signatures calling for 'One New Eurobodalla Hospital'. There and then on a windy afternoon on the banks of the Moruya River, Gladys Berejiklian and Andrew Constance committed a Coalition Government to doing just that. “We are looking forward to getting...
Canberra women have the longest life expectancy in Australia
Health & Wellbeing
Canberra women are among those with the longest life expectancy in Australia according to the latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). As of last year, females in the ACT are now living to 85.3 years, a rise of 1.3 years from 2008 data. Males in the ACT are not far behind, with the life expectancy for men rising...
Bungendore Ambulance Station open, a win for the community and travellers
News
After years of campaigning by the community, the new ambulance station has opened in fast growing Bungendore. Member for Monaro John Barilaro joined with the community to officially open the town’s new ambulance station on Friday - November 1. The new station on King Street will enable local NSW Ambulance paramedics to better meet the current and future needs of...
$600k new playground for locals and visitors on the Braidwood stopover
Community
There was a large turnout in Braidwood on Friday (November 1) for the official opening of the new Ryrie Park. This new feature will be hard to miss as you drive through the heritage listed town. The park equipment in the northern end of Ryrie park, by the Memorial Swimming Pool and public conveniences, has long been a stopover for...
Students consuming less alcohol but binge-drinking attitudes unchanged
Health & Wellbeing
Canberra university students are drinking less than they were three years ago, but attitudes towards binge drinking haven’t changed according to a new report released yesterday (30 October). An ACT Health-funded campaign provided information about risky drinking behaviour to over 6,500 students and found that the program significantly reduced high-level alcohol consumption, marginally reduced binge-drinking rates and put students' perceptions...
From country Braidwood to Capital Football’s Player of the Year – Isabella Hindmarsh
Sport
Fourteen-year-old Isabella Hindmarsh from rural Braidwood is Capital Football’s NPL Women’s Under 15 Player of the Year. Isabella started her soccer career with Braidwood Junior Soccer Club and quickly showed how adept she was on the field. While playing in Braidwood her accomplishments included - 2014 U9 Age Champion Girl; 2015 U10 Female player of the year all grades; 2015 U10...
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