Health & Wellbeing

Community rallies to fix hospital heartbreak 12 months after opening
Health & Wellbeing
Nothing brings a country town out like concern for its health service. Five hundred people packed into the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre tonight (March 9) following the snap sacking of orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Chris Phoon. Dr Phoon's 3-year contract at the South East Regional Hospital (SERH) in Bega has not been renewed, despite, as the community was told tonight, an...
Churchill Fellowship supercharges Bega builders vision for change
Arts & Culture
A Bega carpenter's big picture ideas for her trade and community have won the backing of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. Jo Saccomani is off to the USA and Canada later this year having been awarded a Churchill Fellowship, an initiative set up in memory of the wartime Brittish PM to foster research and innovation and enrich society. "I have...
“My Christmas present 2003 was to have it confirmed that I had breast cancer,” – Neville Baker
Health & Wellbeing
Catalina's Neville Baker has just turned 70. As if it was yesterday, he speaks of the day 13 years earlier when he felt a burning in his right breast. He knew something wasn't right and took himself to the doctor. "My Christmas present 2003 was to have it confirmed that I had breast cancer," Neville says. Neville and wife Dianne...
“The best summer ever” at Tathra Beach – Tony McCabe, lifeguard
Health & Wellbeing
The final days of the 2016/17 summer on Tathra Beach have been some of the season's best, perhaps 'the best ever' according to longtime lifeguard Tony McCabe. The water temp through most of January and February sat at around 21-22 degrees. "We've had the best water temperature I can remember in 25 years," Tony says. Tony struggles to remember just how...
The big dry – how to help your garden survive with plants up to the challenge
Environment
Everything is crispy, trees are turning up their toes and dust is now the common ground cover. How on earth can we keep a productive vegetable patch and prevent fruit trees from losing their crop in these extreme dry times? Part of the answer - grow plants that are up to the challenge. Heat tolerant plants for the vegetable garden:...
New Merimbula priest gives Bible a 2017 perspective
Health & Wellbeing
One of the Anglican church's newest priests is Merimbula's, Anthony Frost. Reverend Frost first put roots down in the Sapphire Coast Anglican Parish in February 2016. His theological studies had elevated him to the role of Deacon and a job based out of St Clements Church under Reverend Lou Oakes. Towards the end of last year, Rev Frost was ready...
High speeds match hot temperatures at Monaro Billy Kart Derby
Arts & Culture
With squeals of family fun still hanging in the air from this year's event, organisers of the Monaro Billy Kart Derby have already locked in a date for next year's race. A hot, sunny day at Cooma Showground yesterday (January 22) attracted 34 entries for the second running of the Derby, ten more entries than last year. The only match...
About Regional – the podcast, episode six, January 19 2017
Arts & Culture
About Regional, the podcast, January 19 2017. In episode six... The TV show River Cottage Australia has been mothballed, host Paul West gives us the inside story and speaks of his plans for the future. Read more HERE. Author Deb Hunt shares her amazing love story with a pilot from the Royal Flying Doctor Service, a man given up for...
‘Very soon I will crack and destroy everything’ – a 14 year old’s call for action
Environment
It's eleven years since Clean Energy for Eternity (CEFE) was first conceived. On New Years Day 2006, orthopedic surgeon Dr Matthew Nott was on duty with Tathra Surf Life Saving Club, enduring the hottest day his town had ever experienced - 42 degrees. There have been hotter days since, 44.6 degrees on January 18, 2013 is Tathra's current record. While keeping an eye...
River Cottage Australia on hold – Paul West making new plans
Environment
River Cottage Australia at Central Tilba has been mothballed as backers of the TV show press 'hold' on further filming. Host, Paul West says the future of the series is up in the air but he's hopeful the show might return to TV screens one day. "We don't have a commission for the 2017 viewing year," Paul says. "For the...
Summer hijacked by bindiis. Advice to slow their advance!
Environment
  Bindiis are the curse of summer 2016/17 in South East New South Wales. Barefoot cricket is not an option and running under the sprinkler ends in tears. My dog Duke has even worked out a path around the bindiis when fetching a ball - smart fella! Spread easily by foot traffic and in the fur of animals, bindiis AKA Soliva sessilis are a...
About Regional – the podcast, episode five, December 14 2016
Arts & Culture
About Regional - the podcast, episode five, December 14 2016 About Regional – a new place for the people and stories of South East NSW. The last program for 2016: *The Funhouse crowdfunding campaign succeeds; Bega gets a youth and community centre in 2017! Read more HERE. *Dr Matthew Nott, the founder of Clean Energy for Eternity says households in the...
Social justice the X-factor in Merimbula’s Joseph
Arts & Culture
There is a certain civic duty sometimes that pushes you to attend a local event. Things only happen when people step up to make them happen, and in a regional community you want to see those people and their events succeed - people turning out is key. What a buzz, what a bonus when that local event blows your mind!...
About Regional – the podcast, episode 4, November 23 2016
Arts & Culture
About Regional - the podcast, episode 4, November 23 2016 There’s a seaside feel to episode 4... Recorded at Guerilla Bay, just south of Batemans Bay, the day and the water were warm, it’s starting to feel like summer holiday time! In this program: *Tathra’s Indi Wood chats to us from Fiji about his aid work at a Lautoka radio...
About Regional – the podcast, episode three, November 6 2016
Arts & Culture
About Regional - the podcast, episode 3, November 6 2016 Thanks for clicking on, in this week’s program: A lesson in youth engagement from Cayce Hill from the Funhouse in Bega and a pitch for their Pozible campaign. They are chasing a year’s rent to expand on their dynamic program in 2017. Read more here. A snap from a literary lunch...
Bega asked to invest in a Funhouse future – $20,000 to go
Arts & Culture
The push is on to secure the closest thing Bega might have ever had to a youth and community centre. The Funhouse on Hill Street has been operating for just a handful of months but in that time it has become a big feature in the lives of the growing community of people around it and a 'go to' resource...
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