Health & Wellbeing

Bega Valley Community Bike Ride goes in reverse
What's On
2018 brings a change in direction for the annual Bega Tathra Safe Ride NSW Bike Week Community Ride. The inaugural ride 12 months ago saw around 270 riders peddle from Tathra to Bega, this year cyclists of all abilities and experience will tackle the 16km paved route in reverse. Well not actually in reverse, that would be a big ask,...
Construction of $3.7m ambulance station in Yass underway
News
The construction of the new ambulance station in Yass has begun after a sod turning ceremony last week. The new station, which is estimated to cost $3.7 million and located adjacent to the Yass Hospital on Meehan Street, will enable local NSW Ambulance paramedics to meet the current and future patient demand for emergency medical care in Yass and the surrounding...
Farmers call on new PM to ‘break the drought on climate action’
News
Regional voices have been loud on the first parliamentary sitting day of the new Morrison Government in Canberra. Farmers from across southern New South Wales have gathered in front of Parliament House frustrated by the new Prime Minister's response so far to climate change. "I am really disappointed at the first indications from the Morrison Government, it looks like nothing is going...
An Open Letter to Catherine McGregor AM
Community
Dear Catherine, Thanks for being the opening speaker for the Festival of Open Minds held in Bega last Friday on the first day of Spring. You left us feeling a sense of deepest honour and respect for baring your heart and life to us. Ian Campbell nailed it when he said that you opened our hearts as well as our...
The Festival of Open Minds – challenging bias, fostering conversation, building understanding
What's On
The Festival of Open Minds has been inspired by a regional community that values shared conversation, personal reflection, the wisdom of experience, and FUN! A dynamic program of speakers has been assembled for September 1 at the Bega Civic Centre, a TEDx style event that will have people talking. The broad festival theme is ‘change’. The Festival of Open Minds...
Community steps out to reject Frogs Hollow Flight School
News
The Bega Valley has delivered a resounding "bugger off" to those who want to develop a $10 million flight school at the grassy Frogs Hollow Airstrip between Merimbula and Bega. Close to 400 people packed into the Bega Civic Centre to address the State Government's Joint Regional Planning Panel who will determine the fate of the development. Because of the scale and...
Highway drugs trap snares mushrooms, cocaine in snowfields operation
News
Police have seized cannabis, cocaine, dexamphetamine and psilocybin mushrooms during an operation targeting illegal drugs at the New South Wales snowfields. Last Friday afternoon (24 August), Monaro District Police, assisted by the SPG Dog Unit, screened vehicles for illicit drugs on the Monaro Highway, Bredbo. Police seized a variety of drugs including cannabis, cocaine, dexamphetamine and psilocybin mushrooms. Police charged...
A new week starts on the Yankees Gap Fire, strategic hot spots targeted
News
Day thirteen (August 27) of the Yankees Gap Fire will see Remote Area Fire Fighters (RAFT) dropped into the vast burnt and burning landscape behind Bemboka, Numbugga, and Brogo. It's a physical assault on this 12,000-hectare fire that will be assisted by water bombing helicopters, with a focus on strategic hotspots northwest of Bemboka township. A community meeting in Upper Brogo...
Festival of Open Minds program released – got your tickets yet?
Arts & Culture
The Festival of Open Minds looks to reawaken the art of civil debate and conversation on complex issues, experiences, and ideas. Hate, fear, and aggression have become part of disagreement, on September 1 at the Bega Civic Centre we aspire to increase understanding, share credible information, and perhaps agree to disagree. A dynamic program of speakers has been assembled for this TEDx style...
Surf Beach tip open for the weekend after Wednesday’s fire emergency
News
The Surf Beach Waste Management Facility near Batemans Bay has been reopened ahead of the weekend following Wednesday's fire. Eurobodalla Shire Council advises that the tip is now fully operational and that fire services have been stood down. Shire Waste Manager, Adam Patyus says he is grateful for the efforts of the Rural Fire Service, NSW Fire and Rescue and...
Viral video celebrates life and reflects on loss following Milton bushfire
News
A moving video told from the point of view of a premature baby boy fighting for his life is going viral as it honours the firefighters who fought to protect the family’s South Coast home and save their “new beginning”. The at times gut-wrenching video begins by tracing the story of the Paewhenua family as they tried to overcome the...
Tennis courts resurfaced, showground pavilion makeover and new school playground as NSW Government hands out funds
Community
Over the last few days, Member for Monaro John Barilaro has announced government funding of $610,000 to refurbish and revamp tennis courts, a showground pavilion and a school playground. Berridale Public School's tennis courts will be resurfaced, the Cooma showground pavilion is set to have a major makeover and students at Cooma North Public School will have their very own new playground...
Fires from Surf Beach to Bemboka put smoke and tension in the air
News
Just as the Bemboka community was gathering for a progress report on a fire they have been living with for a week, residents up the road at Surf Beach watched anxiously as flames sprung from their local tip. The unfolding emergency surprised everyone at around 2:15 pm yesterday (August 22) when the fire alarm rung at Surf Beach tip near Batemans...
Fire, snow, and good surf on the same day in South East NSW, weather explained with Sean Carson
News
The fire and ice South East NSW has experienced this last week is part of a bigger weather system that will play out over the months ahead. Within the space of a 10-minute drive, some Monaro and Bega Valley locals have been able to travel between a raging bushfire that has wiped out three homes and a thick carpet of...
“Weeks not days” – Community hears of plan to tackle Yankees Gap Fire
News
People living the midst of the Yankees Gap Fire gathered last night (August 20) to hear how the flames that have haunted Bemboka, Numbugga, and Brogo for the last 6 days are going to be tamed. "We are moving from a reactive stage to a major containment operation," says Pam O'Brien, Deputy Incident Controller, National Parks and Wildlife Service. "The objective is...
New domestic violence team to target high risk offenders across Southern NSW
News
A dedicated team targeting domestic and family violence offenders will be established in Southern NSW. The Domestic Violence High Risk Offender Teams, established by Commissioner Mick Fuller, are part of a strategy to target recidivist offenders and reduce the rate of reoffending. Deputy Commissioner Regional Field Operations Gary Worboys and Police Minister Troy Grant were joined by local police officers...
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