Health & Wellbeing

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...
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...
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