Health & Wellbeing

Van Ryn victims claim another win, local people power at play
Warning - article contains a picture of Maurice Van Ryn and a description of his crimes against children. Laws used by a convicted paedophile to torment his victims further are about to change thanks to people power. A petition that started in the Bega Valley has just landed on the desk of the Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, Kelly...
Mental health support flows as Bega Valley bushfire recovery continues
Health & Wellbeing
Money is flowing to support good mental health in the wake of the March 18 bushfires that moved in on Tathra and surrounds. NSW Federal Liberal Senator, Jim Molan announced the $250,000 for extra counselling services at the Recovery Centre in Bega set up to manage the physical and emotional rebuilding that will take place in the months ahead. "This...
Batemans Bay flying foxes on the agenda again – meetings start Friday
Eurobodalla residents are being asked to outline their concerns, experiences, and values when it comes to the shire's troublesome population of visiting flying foxes. A shire-wide flying fox management plan is being drafted that will set out how Council makes decisions about managing the impacts this threatened species has on residents. Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Director of Planning and Sustainability, Lindsay...
Fingers crossed – live Triple J coming to Eurobodalla or Snowy Monaro
Arts & Culture
Batemans Bay, Moruya, Narooma, and Cooma have made a case to host one of the biggest events in Australian music - Triple J's One Night Stand.
AgTech Days inspire new era of growth in the Bega Valley
Farming in the Bega Valley has always been a collective effort, the 1899 foundations of the region's iconic Bega Cheese company are a cooperative of local farmers, that spirit of working together is getting a tech makeover this week at the Bega AgTech Days. "It's hard to change or scale up as an individual, but if you collaborate and come...
NSW Premier drops 37 million dollars on the Far South Coast in one day
Premier Gladys Berejiklian has made a sweep of the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla making significant cash deposits along the way. It feels like a long time since a NSW Premier of any political persuasion ventured into the Bega Electorate for such a visit; yesterday's (March 26) won't be forgotten for a while. The day started with $10 million for Tathra...
Aboriginal portraits from Yuin country on show in Tilba from Saturday
Arts & Culture
A series of portraits spanning the length and breadth of the Yuin Nation are about to go on show and be auctioned, the end result will be a cross-cultural walkabout for Australia's indigenous people centered on South East NSW. The nineteen faces that smile, stare and sing from the canvases painted by Towamba artist Vickie McCreedie, take in territory that...
Tathra Bushfire Evacuation Centre closes a new chapter of generosity
A new generation of community support has stepped forward in the wake of the Tathra Bushfires. "The old girls of Bega" who have answered the call for help countless times during their history in the Bega Valley say they have never seen a response like the one witnessed at the Bega Showground Evacuation Centre over the last three and a...
Hope restored as Tathra starts to head home for a new beginning
One Tathra family who lost their "forever home" have moved to reassure and thank firefighters who battled Sunday's furnace. Media speculation today has suggested incompetence by the Rural Fire Service for declining offers of help from Fire & Rescue NSW in the early stages of the blaze. Flames from the Reedy Swamp Fire gathered momentum and travelled the 17km east...
Tathra residents wait in line to find out the fate of their home
As the sun was setting behind the hills to the west of Bega the people of Tathra lined up to find out the fate of their homes. Tonight's briefing from the Rural Fire Service followed a day to assessments within the devastated community of 1,700 people. "Access to the fire ground will not be available until Wednesday afternoon at the...
Built on a solid sense of community, Tathra faces adversity together.
Day two of the Tathra bushfire emergency has broken under smokey skies but thankfully without the hideous heat and north-westerly winds that put lives at risk yesterday and destroyed at least 70 homes in the idyllic seaside village of Tathra, east of Bega on the New South Wales Far South Coast. Given the haste and intensity of the emergency, it's...
Local projects in need of Snowy Hydro dollars – transport to culture and sport
The full sale of Snowy Hydro to the Federal Government is a $4.2 billion injection into the New South Wales economy, and the Mayor's of South East NSW are lining up to spend it. Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, and Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro, John Barilaro have "ring-fenced" those dollars for infrastructure projects in rural and regional NSW. "4.2 billion...
National Sheep Dog Trials – the next big thing in women’s sport
Health & Wellbeing
Women are making their presence felt at the National Sheep Dog Trials underway at Hall Showground, 25 minutes west of the Canberra CBD. President of the Trials Association, Charlie Cover says 41% of entries this year come from female handlers. "Its a record for us and I think it might also be a world record," Charlie says. "Women's sport, in...
Bermagui’s natural sculptures showcase man made talent – Sculpture Bermagui on now!
Arts & Culture
Summer in Bermagui is busy, a time when locals surrender their beaches and cafes to welcome tourists, but what only locals know is that autumn is the best time in Bermagui. The water is warmer, the Gang Gang’s move into the Spotted Gums, a fire at night becomes an option again, the daytime sun is a little weaker but still...
NSW schools boss Mark Scott meets southern principals in Batemans Bay
Arts & Culture
The principals of 50 public schools from across Southern New South Wales have gathered in Batemans Bay to meet with chiefs of the NSW Education Department. Schools from the Monaro, Far South Coast, Illawarra, Shoalhaven, Southern Tablelands, Southern Highlands and Queanbeyan were all represented, part of a road trip by Department Secretary, Mark Scott, Deputy Secretary School Operations and Performance,...
Bega’s Teen Clinic spreads – Kiama, Narooma, Bermagui, Merimbula, Eden
Health & Wellbeing
A fresh approach to youth health that started in Bega is expanding to five new locations. South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network and Senator John Williams, Duty Senator for Eden-Monaro, have announced Commonwealth funding to roll out “Teen Clinic” in GP practices at Bermagui, Eden, Narooma, Merimbula, and Kiama. Bega Valley Medical Practice in Bega started the free drop-in service...