Health & Wellbeing

Peter Pan gets a Eurobodalla twist with Red Door Theatre @ Moruya
Arts & Culture
A Eurobodalla chapter is about to be added to a story that has enthralled the world for decades. Peter Pan is the creation of Scottish writer James Matthew Barrie and first appeared in Barrie's 1902 novel The Little White Bird. Narooma writer and director Linda Heald has put a local twist on the story, her chapter opens at St Mary's...
Bega Valley Meals on Wheels takes part in international celebration
Health & Wellbeing
The significant contribution volunteers make to Bega Valley Meals on Wheels will be celebrated this Tuesday, December 5 - International Volunteers Day. The day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985, and gives organisations like Bega Valley Meals on Wheels an opportunity to raise awareness of the contribution volunteers make to the life and economy of the...
“Pack the Pool” floats 50 metre option for Batemans Bay
Arts & Culture
Batemans Bay locals have laid claim to the town's 50-metre swimming pool. The future of the aging facility on the Princes Highway south of the Batemans Bay bridge has been a sore point since late August when Eurobodalla Shire Council adopted a draft concept plan for a new 25-metre, year-round, enclosed aquatic centre. Aside from a 25-metre, eight-lane pool with ramp...
The Zen Warrior Princess lives on in friends and family and a 1992 Pulsar
Arts & Culture
A group of friends from the Bega Valley have just set out on an outback rally adventure with the memory of another looming large over their odyssey. "Originally I'd signed up with my friend and colleague from Local Land Services Liz Clark," Brogo's local Olivia Forge says. "Not long after we'd signed up for the rally she was diagnosed with...
The medicine of music on the streets of Cooma – the Australian National Busking Championships
Arts & Culture
The recent Australian National Busking Championships were more than a tourism and commerce promo for the Monaro. Sure, the tills were ringing, but for those who stopped to listen and watch the 180-odd performers dotted around Cooma’s CBD, something more valuable was at play – the joy and medicine of music. Despite the grandiose name, this year was the first...
Bega man told to walk home from hospital at 2am after arriving with chest pains
Health & Wellbeing
Much has been said and written about the South East Regional Hospital in 2017 - most of it negative. And as someone that purports to tell the stories of South East NSW, I haven't always been sure of how to respond to the growing community concerns around services. Politics, self-interest, and my own shortcomings have at times muddied the waters...
Youth Stage at Cobargo Folk Festival turns 13 – entries open now for 2018
Arts & Culture
The Crossing Youth Stage at the annual Cobargo Folk Festival has an impressive back-catalogue. Almost 700 young acts have entertained festival-goers and in 2018 the Youth Stage turns thirteen. Young people interested in performing and adding to the tradition are invited to apply online before December 10 to secure a place. "Because of the history and fun we've had over...
The Monaro’s Bronnie Taylor speaks to the NSW Assisted Dying Bill
Health & Wellbeing
It’s been an emotional day in one half of the New South Wales Parliament, with Members of the Legislative Council, AKA the upper house, speaking to the “Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017.” Introduced by Nationals MP Trevor Khan, the legislation would allow terminally ill patients to take action that would cause their death with the assistance of doctors. Following a...
Bill Shorten calls Tathra’s Eddie Blewett to say congrats on marriage equality
Health & Wellbeing
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten was among the first to thank and congratulate Tathra's Eddie Blewett and his family this morning following news that Australia had said YES to marriage equality. https://www.facebook.com/BillShorten/videos/1521314424571780/ Eddie and his mums, Claire Blewett and Neroli Dickson gathered at The Wharf Locavore at Tathra with friends to hear the announcement from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The YES...
Rubbish resuscitated as art at the Eurobodalla’s ReVive Art Prize
Arts & Culture
A tribute to an old friend, made of even older bits and pieces has won the Eurobodalla's recycled art prize  - ReVive 2107. Moruya’s Susan Bomball and her sculpture, “Bill” claimed the $4000 prize before a packed house at the Mechanic's Institute. "I was shocked, there is so much talent in there, I've never had people look at my work like this," Susan...
“Seeing my designs on the runway will drive me to do it again.”- Cooma’s Charly Thorn
Arts & Culture
Cooma fashion designer Charly Thorn says she is happy to be sleeping in her own bed again after plying an international catwalk but is hungry for more. India is the next stop for this ambitious 18-year-old. The opportunity to leave her Snowy Monaro home was forged at FashFest in Canberra this time last year, an industry scout spotted Charly's talent and...
Dual sex sea creatures swamp Far South Coast beaches
Environment
Locals and visitors have been returning beaches along the Eurobodalla and Bega Valley coastline, the chill of winter replaced with the temptation of a swim under big, bright, blue skies. But that springtime enthusiasm has been tempered on some beaches with the mass arrival of familiar but alien looking creatures - Bluebottles. Not one creature but many, these duel sex visitors...
Bega’s Spiral Gallery goes to the dogs!
Arts & Culture
Entries are now open for the “Year of the Dog” Open Art Prize at Bega's Spiral Gallery. Works representing cavorting canines, pampered pooches, faithful friends, and wonderful working dogs are all expected to mark their territory in the renowned Church Street art space between February 16 and March 14. There is a maximum of two works per artist with an entry...
Cooma MotorFest shines bright on a HUGE weekend
Arts & Culture
My car sits in the driveway at home covered by dust day in day out, rain is the only thing that gets my Subaru sparkling. A couple of hours at Cooma MotorFest on Saturday (Nov 4) is not going to change that but it has left its mark. Brilliant blue Monaro skies backed the hard work of the Cooma Car...
Podcast 20 – When nan and pop have to be mum and dad
Health & Wellbeing
Podcast 20 features an extraordinary group of people who have just started meeting regularly to support each other through challenges and troubles that most would find impossible. This group of a dozen or more grandparents are raising their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The parents of these kids have deserted them for a range of reasons and these grandparents – the parents...
“I am a wealthy man Ian, my family stuck together” – Bombala’s Ron Milliner.
Environment
Bombala's Ron and Lexie Milliner have worked hard, smart and with passion all their lives, they are now moving towards a kind of retirement that will keep them busy, but see them enjoying the spoils of their labour. Six months ago they all but wound up their long-running earth moving business. "We wanted to dismantle things while we still had our...
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