Health & Wellbeing

The June Long Weekend in South East NSW – told in photos
Community
South East NSW is a dynamic place to live and visit. Mine is a home of four seasons, of stunning landscapes, of creative people, of active people, people who do things and make things happen. Whether you live here or visit, South East NSW is a rich experience. Check out what the Snowy Monaro, Eurobodalla, and Bega Valley got up...
Lost horse “Rory” comes in from the cold of the Snowy Mountains
Community
A story of loss and reunion in the high country has been playing out for three and a half months, ending with the heart-warming reunion this week between a woman and her horse. Wanda Egan’s horse Rory escaped his yard from a camp in the Kosciuszko National Park on 15 February after another horse had taken fright and run through...
Canberra Raiders Centre of Excellence extends to Southern NSW
Sport
Rugby league talent from Southern NSW now has a clear path towards the big time with news that the Canberra Raiders long-held dream to develop a Centre of Excellence is going to happen. In this week's ACT Budget, the Barr Government allocated $5 million over three years towards a new state-of-the-art facility, NSW Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro, John...
One high country meets another – The spark of artist Pauline Coxon
Arts & Culture
Pauline Coxon is a Biripi woman living on Ngarigo Country. "Life brought me down this way six years ago and I've gone along with the flow," she says. "Ngarigo Country is a very special place in the world, this area has touched my heart and soul." It's a sentiment that is reflected in Pauline's artworks, which are a mix of traditional...
Band Together rocks Tathra, Reedy Swamp, Vimy Ridge bushfire recovery
News
An extraordinary chapter has been written in the recovery story for the Tathra, Reedy Swamp and Vimy Ridge communities. Close to 4,000 people packed the Sapphire Coast Turf Club yesterday and relished the spark delivered by a mix of performers across three stages. Talk of this day first started to bubble on social media less than 24 hours after 65 homes were...
Planning for Batemans Bay Aquatic and Cultural Centre advances
Community
Geotechnical surveys at Mackay Park have begun as a final design for the much anticipated Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre moves forward. Batemans Bay residents and visitors might notice equipment on site for the next two weeks as Mogo-based Sea to Summit Drilling conducts borehole testing to assess ground conditions. The work is being overseen by the...
500 cattle grazing the Monaro Highway “long paddock”
Environment
Dry times in South East NSW is pushing local farmers beyond their own farm gate and out on to the "long paddock" offered by the Monaro Highway. Motorists need to take care as 500 cattle munch and chew their way along the roadside, grazing on grass and nutrients their home paddocks have lost as the region moves towards drought. The...
Mini “Vivid” light show starts Reconciliation Week in Moruya
Arts & Culture
While Sydney stops for the annual Vivid Festival 303km south Moruya is gearing up for a light show of its own. An innovative digital exhibition featuring local Aboriginal artworks will be projected onto the front of Eurobodalla Shire Council’s HQ every night during Reconciliation Week. Aside from captivating local art, this Friday (May 25) night's launch of the 'Yuin Country: Art and Land...
Cooma Red Devils score $30,000 grant for a new canteen at home ground
Sport
Cooma Red Devils Rugby Union Club has received NSW Government funding of $30,000 to build a new canteen and kitchen at its home ground, Rotary Oval, with Member for Monaro John Barilaro presenting the club with a cheque last Friday (18 May). Plans for the canteen and kitchen are under way, with construction due to start soon. Mr Barilaro said the...
Costa Georgiadis launches community garden in NSW Southern Tablelands – and treasures a spud that looks just like him
Community
Being called a potato head is not exactly something people generally take kindly to. But a decorated potato resembling Costa Georgiadis’ head delighted the ABC gardening celebrity at Crookwell’s eighth potato festival on Saturday. Costa was on hand to take part in cooking demonstrations at the annual event in the NSW Southern Tablelands, facilitate a kid’s workshop, open a community...
Tathra bush fire concert a sellout, 4,000 people to attend
News
The Band Together concert is on track to raise $250,000 for Tathra and surrounds following the bushfires of March 18. Ticket sales have been stopped with organisers calling "sold out" last night (May 16) on social media. Around 4,000 people will pack into the Sapphire Coast Turf Club on Saturday, May 26 for what promises to be the biggest event...
Country people a focus for NSW Guns Amnesty – July 1 to Sept 30
News
NSW Police have launched a state-wide Firearms Amnesty following the success of last year’s national campaign.  During the three-month amnesty in 2017, NSW netted 24,831 firearms and 1898 firearm parts for destruction, sale or registration, more than any other state or territory. Anyone with an unregistered firearm or firearm-related item will be able to legally dispose, or register it, without...
Bega adds accessibility to World Environment Day activism
What's On
A passionate outdoor enthusiast keen for people of all abilities to have opportunities in nature will deliver the World Environment Day address in Bega. Bournda Environmental Education Centre has been hosting the dinner to celebrate the United Nations sanctioned day for the last 41 years. Previous speakers at the Bega event include former NSW Premier, Bob Carr, Dr John Merso,...
Suicide: The Ripple Effect felt in Merimbula – community gathers to talk
Health & Wellbeing
People packed a Merimbula cinema last week to trigger a better and more open discussion about suicide with the hope of reducing the number of deaths caused by "brain pain" and acknowledging the hurt and impact carried by the family and friends left behind. Mental health advocate, Glenn Cotter hosted a screening of the movie, "Suicide: The Ripple Effect" at the Picture Showman...
Wet, wild, cold weekend in South East NSW captured in photos
Community
What a weekend in South East NSW, the strangely warm days of April were blown away by a polar cold front we'd been warned about for since Wednesday. Rain, snow, big seas, and strong winds had their influence on what we did and didn't do. Some welcomed nature's surge and got out in it, energised by the power on display...
Peter’s talent one of many to flow through Eurobodalla River of Art
Arts & Culture
A Moruya photographer who confesses to once being a "little kid who wasted film" will take centre stage at the Eurobodalla River of Art Festival. The work and growing talent of Peter Vassallo will be on show at the Dr Mackay Centre in Moruya, with visitors treated to Peter's stunning portraits of twenty local personalities. The faces staring back include...
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