Health & Wellbeing

Chook Chat with Cheryl Nelson – Protecting your flock from heat
Community
Summer can be a tough time for your chookies. The little critters can’t sweat, all they can do is pant to stay cool. Although feathers can insulate from the heat, here are a few things you can do to help: Chooks won’t drink warm water, so keep their water in the shade. On hot days drop a frozen water bottle...
“I have chosen some broken paths, writing has been a saviour” – Meaghan Holt
Arts & Culture
A young Bega Valley-based indigenous writer and performance poet has been recognised as an instrument of healing and reconciliation with a prestigious mentorship. Director of the Aboriginal Writers Retreat, award-winning Yankunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann offers a yearly mentorship to an unpublished Aboriginal poet she believes writes poetry that ‘has the capacity to heal’. For 2019, Ms Cobby Eckermann has chosen Meaghan...
Sharks again close Eurobodalla beaches
News
Moruya’s North and South Head beaches have been closed again after sharks returned to the area today, potentially putting swimmers at risk. Stan Wall from Lifeguarding Services Australia says a couple of large sharks were sighted around Moruya’s North Head at about 12.30pm by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) aerial surveillance team and by lifeguards on jet-skis. “They were...
Three concepts presented for Batemans Bay Aquatic & Arts Centre
News
“This is going to be an incredible facility for our community, and if you want to have a say on how you would like it to come together, now is the time,” says Mayor Liz Innes. The layout of the new Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre at Mackay Park is up for discussion, with three options presented...
Drive-in for some Jellat sweet corn this January
Community
The only drive-through sweet corn stall in Australia is setting a cracking pace as visitors and locals rush in for their annual hit. For the last 25 to 30 years, fields of tall sweet corn have been grown on the floodplains of the Bega River between Bega and Tathra at Jellat Jellat (pronounced: Jilla Jilla) by the Daly and Russell families. Jellat...
Southern NSW hospitals on top of emergency waiting times
News
Southern NSW Local Health district hospitals are pointing with pride to their emergency treatment record over a typically busy holiday period. In contrast to ongoing concerns over the ACT's poor record with emergency waiting times, Southern NSW region Chief Executive, Andrew Newton, says that 80 per cent of patients in local regional hospitals were seen, treated and discharged within the...
How to help the bereaved deal with the shock of a loved one’s suicide
Health & Wellbeing
Editor's note: The article below deals with sensitive subject matter that may distress some of our readers.  For the first holiday season after the suicide of her 14-year-old son, Oscar, in May 2017, Paula Franco-Mathewson of Bemboka felt she had to go through the motions with her family. “I couldn't get Christmas over with fast enough,” she says. “We had...
Strong, fit, athletic fashion
Health & Wellbeing
It’s no secret that the fashion industry generally does not cater to all body shapes, nor to the enhancement of self-esteem for women who fall outside of the industry’s mainstream sizes and shapes. Fortunately, one Canberra fashion designer has worked hard to crack the code to helping athletic women with fit and strong bodies feel empowered, confident and sexy outside...
2018 Year in Review – Health and Wellbeing
Health & Wellbeing
As 2018 draws to a close, here's a look back at some of our most read health and wellbeing stories from the year. The top stories were drawn from across the region, and came to you from Crookwell, Broulee, Bega, Jindabyne, Moruya and Merimbula. Our top two health and wellbeing stories tackled serious, complex issues – the impact of mental...
A Gutsy move towards good health
Health & Wellbeing
Hippocrates once said, "All disease starts in the gut." No one knows this better than Angela Noble, founder of Gift of Our Earth, who uses and promotes probiotics and healthy eating to heal the gut and also prevent and cure ailments. Angela was previously a chef at the prestigious Regent Hotel in Sydney, Ski Fields in the Snowy Mountains. But...
Health Minister acknowledges petition’s part in plans for new Eurobodalla hospital
News
Health Minister Brad Hazzard has formally responded to a petition seeking a new regional hospital in the Eurobodalla Shire, praising the energy and dedication of community members who campaigned for the new facility. His response was tabled with the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly in the NSW Parliament. Planning for the new hospital has commenced in recent weeks, and Mr...
Christmas shopping? Spare a thought for the retail workers
Community
We are well into the Christmas shopping period, and so now is a good time to remind everyone of the No-one Deserves a Serve campaign from the Shop Assistants Union (the SDA). Retail trade employs ten per cent of all Australians, according to the ABS. Australia’s retail industry contributes more value to the Australian economy than agriculture, utility services, wholesale...
Measles case in Canberra sparks Health alert
News
Canberrans have been urged to check for measles symptoms after a person who recently returned from an overseas trip was diagnosed with the disease. Authorities issued the health alert this morning after discovering the person had visited a Woden shopping centre after flying from Melbourne to Canberra during the contagious period. ACT Public Health Physician Dr Kerryn Coleman is alerting the...
Planning moves ahead for new Eurobodalla hospital
News
Planning for the new Eurobodalla regional hospital is advancing with the doctor that led the charge for a new facility attending his first planning meeting. Moruya Obstetrician, Dr Michael Holland is now a member of the clinical services planning group which met last week on the back of the NSW Government’s $150 million commitment in October. “It’s a very positive,...
Chook Chat with Cheryl Nelson – Treats for your chooks this Christmas
Environment
Share the delights of Christmas with a few well-chosen gifts for your trusty chooks. Chooks love toys, they're highly inquisitive and they love attention so here are few ideas to brighten their festive season - as well as yours! A cabbage ball - Pierce the base of a cabbage with a big hook. Hang the cabbage at chook head height...
Frogs Hollow Flight School –  “I will fight this into my old age.”
News
Bega thespian David Stocker almost stole the show yesterday as the Southern Regional Planning Panel (SRPP) met to determine the future of the proposed Frogs Hollow Flight School between Bega and Merimbula. I say 'almost' because the panel's refusal of the Development Application (DA) was what the community had really come to see yesterday (December 13). Mr Stocker was one...
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