Health & Wellbeing

Trial off-leash area at Long Beach as Euro Council continues wider review
Environment
  The Long Beach Community Association is celebrating news that new dog exercise areas will be trialed on their beautiful strip of sand. The request came from the Community Association and was championed by Eurobodalla Shire Mayor Liz Innes at Tuesday's (27 February) Council meeting; a unanimous decision when the vote came. Under the trial, dogs will remain prohibited on...
Bega Valley Can Assist marks $550,000 in community donations
Health & Wellbeing
Over the last 11 years, this small rural community has raised over half a million dollars to take some of the stress out of life with cancer. Can Assist provides simple and confidential financial assistance to people from regional communities. Over 50 branches are at work across New South Wales, including the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla. The green shirts of...
A new Pooh Bear’s Corner on the Monaro? What do you know about it?
Community
Pooh Bear’s Corner on the Kings Highway between Canberra and Batemans Bay has been delighting travelers for decades, and it would appear that something similar is being created on the Monaro Highway just out of Cooma. In recent weeks, extra teddy bears have been slung into the hollow of an old Ribbon Gum northwest of Nimmitabel. The first teddy; a...
Far South Coast beaches weed free but for how much longer?
Environment
The beaches of the Bega Valley are clean and largely weed free for a reason. It doesn’t just happen. This 225 kilometre strip of gold and sapphire coastline is tended to like a garden, a huge community effort that has just celebrated ten years of grassroots environmental action. But as this collaboration between traditional owners, government agencies, and community organisations...
Sideshow clowns open door to grassroots democracy at your local show
Arts & Culture
Politics is part of every country show. There is the tongue-in-cheek variety between Jersey and Friesian dairy farmers, between sheep and goat graziers, and between dressage horses and motorbike clubs, but room is always made for the "more serious" variety, the politics that normally takes place in a parliament house or council chamber. In fact, country shows provide one of...
Fluoride flows for Bega Valley water supplies – Council votes “yes”
Environment
A ten-month debate at Bega Valley Shire Council came to an end this afternoon with councilors voting to add fluoride to most of the shire's remaining water supplies. Council has been adding fluoride to the Bega-Tathra system since 1963, today's six - two result in the chamber will see it added to two of Council's other water supplies. The long...
Tathra businesses “pop-up” after fire destroys livelihoods
Health & Wellbeing
Flames that destroyed three Tathra businesses in late January have generated a renewed sense of entrepreneurship and community spirit. It took no time at all for the inferno to claim Bliss Hair Stylists, Tathra Laundromat, and the Tathra Cellars Little Bottlo on the evening of January 23. Dramatic live footage of the flames was all over social media, a shock...
Feral fruit between Coast – Cooma – Canberra, delicious and part of history
Environment
The drive between the Far South Coast, Cooma, and Canberra is dotted with sites that make your mind wander. Dilapidated railway bridges, decaying wildlife, rows of rural letterboxes, and sparkling solar farms, all inspire thought and question for the mindful traveller or curious passenger. Right now, mixed with the scenic vistas on this 240km stretch of road is a more...
Unique Jindabyne love story inspires wedding venue
Community
A Snowy Mountains couple brought together by a sense of respect and fairness has been in Canberra pitching their property overlooking Lake Jindabyne to same-sex couples looking to tie the knot in 2018. Every love story is unique and Anton and Bibi Wiesmann, owners of the Panorama have their own tale to tell, one they shared at the Canberra Wedding...
New stable complex at Sapphire Coast Turf Club builds racing industry
Health & Wellbeing
A new horse stable complex has opened at Sapphire Coast Turf Club, north of Merimbula, a move that is seen as being key to growing the racing industry on the Far South Coast. Turf Club President, Robyn Bain believes the $270,000 development allows local trainers to kick-start their business and offers travelling trainers somewhere to safely and securely house their...
Tathra’s Hobbs Corner empties out signalling a back to work
Environment
The last camper in Hobbs Corner for the summer of 2017/18 has pleaded for Tathra's 'unspoilt' character and environment to be protected as he adds his own chapter to Tathra's history. This has been Stuart Howard's eighteenth summer camping just across the road from Tathra Beach. "I just love the place, it's a bit more laid back than Merimbula," Stuart...
“Keep going and see what comes” – Bombala’s Sandy Lewis
Arts & Culture
Sandy Lewis is putting down roots again. After a life living in all parts of Australia, this Army brat from Western Australia has settled in Bombala, with a sense of fate guiding her hand. Mind you Sandy says she is still West Australian to her core. "Dad was SAS (Special Air Services), so it was an interesting childhood - 16...
New citizens formalise their place in Bega Valley community.
Arts & Culture
Giving up your citizenship is a hard thing to get your head around if you were born in Australia. Generally speaking, being born in Australia is the Wonka Golden Ticket of citizenship. I guess there are Australian's that renounce their citizenship - Rupert Murdoch comes to mind, but Aussie's choosing citizenship of another country over the green and gold isn't...
Podcast 21 – A lesson in the art of rock balancing with Michael Grab
Arts & Culture
Today’s conversation is with Michael Grab. Michael’s rock balancing art stops the world dead, and in the same way that breathing just happens, your mind automatically asks, "How the hell does he do that?" https://vimeo.com/251245890 The gallery of photo and videos on his Gravity Glue website is extraordinary. Canadian born Michael has been on the Far South Coast of New...
Superman’s life is the best result in the George Bass Surfboat Marathon
Health & Wellbeing
Perhaps the best result in the 2018 George Bass Surfboat Marathon is that Wayne "Superman" Kent is still alive. The 66-year-old member of Pambula Surf Life Saving Club started the epic race in Batemans Bay on New Year's Eve, 31km's later as "Super" was helping pull his boat ashore at South Head, Moruya his heart stopped. "The bloke was dead when...
George Bass Surfboat Marathon – bluebottle tangles on day two
Health & Wellbeing
Day two of the George Bass Surfboat Marathon was a slog, with the events 25 entries having to punch through a stiff southerly breeze and swell to make it to Coila Beach at Tuross. The 18km leg started with a tribute to a stalwart of the Moruya Surf Club and the Bass, Lesley Pheeney. Lesley was the race secretary for many...
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