Health & Wellbeing

Over $5 million for local cycleways including Bega to Tathra link
Environment
The long-awaited Bega to Tathra cycleway is set to become a reality with $3 million set aside in the NSW Budget this week. Member for Bega, Andrew Constance said, “I am so excited to confirm the funds to build this important project." “This will not only better connect two of our great communities it will also provide a fantastic tourism driver...
Fear and fluoride, bedfellows amidst conflicting “evidence”
Environment
The potential fluoridation of the Tantawanglo-Kiah Water System (Candelo, Wolumla, Merimbula, Tura, Pambula, Eden, Kiah) and the Brogo - Bermagui Water System (Quaama, Cobargo, Brogo, Wallaga Lake, Bermagui) has divided the Bega Valley community. With Bega Valley Shire Council’s decision on whether to fluoridate or not still pending, the way forward seems far from clear. By the way, the Bega...
About Regional presents TEDx Sydney in Bega – get your tickets here!
Arts & Culture
TEDx Sydney is the leading platform for promoting Australian ideas, creativity, and innovation to the rest of the world, and this year Bega gets a front row seat. TED is a not for profit organisation devoted to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’, you might be familiar with TED Talks - a global video and podcast sensation. These talks of between 5 and...
Canberra listens to Bega Valley approach to teen health
Health & Wellbeing
A Bega doctors clinic and its simple commitment to providing time and space to Bega Valley teenagers is getting attention at the highest levels. For the last year, the Bega Valley Medical Practice in Bega has run a free weekly drop-in health clinic for teenagers. Known as 'Teen Clinic', the Practice sets aside time for teens with registered nurses (RN) two afternoons a week. High schoolers simply show...
Eurobodalla Citizens Jury – $100,000, 86 recommendations. Worthwhile?
Arts & Culture
Is Council spending your money on the right things? If not, what should it change? That was the question put to the Eurobodalla Citizens Jury, a group of 28 randomly selected residents. Starting in June 2016, the Citizens Jury reported back to Council in December making a wide range of recommendations from business development to land use to the role of the...
Big kids launch new Cooma playground
Arts & Culture
Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro, John Barilaro got a chance to goof off today (May 26) with the official opening of Stage 1 of the Cooma Lions Park upgrade. Mr Barilaro left talk of nuclear power, council amalgamations, and the sale of Snowy Hydro behind as he tested the park's new flying fox with Snowy Monaro Administrator, Dean Lynch....
Put the kettle on, it’s time to get in the garden. Kathleen’s autumn-winter checklist.
Environment
The colder months are here and our region really feels it. Life retreats only planning to stir with the first rays of spring, but don't you retreat from your vegepatch or orchard, there are things to be done and still food to grow. First a bit of observance - with a cuppa and sitting in the sun in the middle of...
Podcast 12 – Eden’s Wanderer Replica Project
Arts & Culture
Today the story of a bunch of people with history and salt water in their veins, people making progress on ambitious plans to build a replica of an 1830’s luxury sailing ship. Scottish-born entrepreneur, Ben Boyd sailed the 25 metre Wanderer into Sydney in July 1842, he soon set sail for Twofold Bay at Eden on the NSW Far South...
The next step in the Eurobodalla’s local food economy. Have your say here!
Environment
The Eurobodalla food economy is pushing forward - like a pumpkin vine that sprouts from a compost heap. "Growers are outgrowing the farmers market," says local food advocate Kate Raymond. "They need more avenues through which to sell at a high enough margin to keep doing what they're doing." In recent years, the river town of Moruya has seen increasing...
Give peace a chance on Anzac Day AKA Lest We Forget
Health & Wellbeing
Rex Kermode has led Anzac Day in Tathra for longer than he can remember. As Rex asked the big crowd at the town's cenotaph this morning to look eastward at the rising sun, I took up his invitation to reflect on the day. Those thoughts had started brewing earlier in the week, and now at the dimming of the day,...
Breastfeeding welcome here, Eurobodalla group supporting mums and bubs
Health & Wellbeing
When it comes to feeding a newborn baby we’ve all heard the expression ‘breast is best’ however for some parents, breastfeeding brings unexpected challenges. That's where the Eurobodalla Breastfeeding Group (EBG) comes in. EBG's leader, Michelle Mitchell, would like to see every parent receive the support they need. "Sometimes there are problems with milk supply or difficulty ‘latching’ (where the baby...
Review of South East Regional Hospital on track for end of April deadline
Health & Wellbeing
Four weeks ago the South East community erupted, concerned at what it had been hearing out of the new South East Regional Hospital in Bega. Around 500 people gathered in the town's civic centre, with interest from as far away as Moruya, Cooma and Mallacoota - highlighting the truly regional role of this $190 million health facility. Speakers pointed to...
Moruya festival harvests a new cultural relationship
Arts & Culture
As is often the case, food became more than just a belly filler at the weekend's Southeast Harvest Festival in Moruya. A locally made blue cheese and leek tart at the opening event on Friday night was memorable, but more so were the new understandings and relationships that emerged between two cultures conflicted by a past of racism and brutality....
“I have been injured…it’s just a different way to understand what is happening.” – Phil Martin on PTSD
Health & Wellbeing
Six years working at sea for the Australian Government has changed Phil Martin's life forever. In the last couple of weeks, this Dad from Bega has started to open up and share his experience with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Blogging on Facebook doesn't come naturally to Phil, but he says it was a 'spur of the moment thing' at a...
About Regional, a new place for the stories of South East NSW, Podcast 10
Health & Wellbeing
The Gang Gang Cockatoos have arrived in the bush around my place, a sure sign autumn is here. Mind you I was in Cooma this week and the trees in Centennial Park aren’t showing any signs of it. Given that we are about to tick over into April, those leaves will soon be changing. Autumn is a theme that runs...
A Bega Valley perspective on Mardi Gras 2017 – “Tiers and tiers of people encouraging and celebrating all those marching for just being themselves.”
Arts & Culture
Mardi Gras in Sydney is the biggest celebration of diversity for everyone who identifies as part of the LGBQTI community, so that’s not just people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, questioning, transgender or intersex but for families,  friends, children, faith groups, banks, surf life-saving clubs, mental health groups etc. etc.    Regional groups were strongly represented, we marched alongside a...
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