Health & Wellbeing

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Health & Wellbeing
The first day of the George Bass Surf Boat Marathon took a twist at the Moruya finish line, one that points to the challenges of the great race. The 66-year-old sweep of the Pambula Men's Masters crew had a heart attack and was revived on the beach. "Volunteers on patrol with Mourya Surf Club responded quickly and a doctor rowing for...
Health & Wellbeing
Rowers and ski paddlers ready to start their conquest of the mighty George Bass Surfboat Marathon are settling into their Moruya High campground ready for a start on the last day of 2017. This one of a kind event starts at the Batemans Bay Bridge tomorrow (Dec 31) morning. For the seven days that follow crews and competitors from around Australia...
Health & Wellbeing
A Bega man who was told to walk home from South East Regional Hospital (SERH) at 2am says his confidence in the local health service has improved. Paul's outrageous story drew a strong response from the About Regional community when it was first published in late November. He had already made an official complaint about his shoddy treatment but was yet to receive...
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