Health & Wellbeing

Five top picks for staying in the Snowies in this warmer weather
Environment
Does the idea of wildflowers, clear running rivers, crisp mountain air and a multitude of activities appeal to you? When the snow melts and the warmer weather arrives, many people head for the beaches but there is a cooler – or make that alpine - wonderland to explore at Kosciuszko National Park less than three hours’ drive from Canberra. If...
Eurobodalla Council warns of some smelly days ahead
Environment
Eurobodalla locals are being warned to prepare for a summer of stinky creeks and waterways. This week's sprinkle of rain has taken some of the pong out of a number of local creeks and lagoons but with a long dry summer forecast on the back of prolonged dry conditions, the rotten smells will return with the right conditions. Prior to this...
Cooma – Yamaga sister city bond deepens with 2018 delegation
Community
Cooma's sister city bond with the Japanese city of Yamaga is on display this week. Locals will notice a Japanese delegation in town, as the Cooma Lions Club steps up once again to play host of this bi-annual exchange. The group of 27 high school students and eight adults arrived on Sunday (November 4) for a busy 6-day program that...
Cooma figure skater Callum Bradshaw battles stigma off the ice with grace and poise
Sport
For local figure skater Callum Bradshaw, facing competitors on the rink is not half as bad as the battles he has to face when he steps off it. Competing in a female-dominated sport in Australia, people would often question or poke fun at the teenager, who chooses to spend his spare time on the ice rink practising graceful pirouettes and...
Drunk drivers detected at Narooma and Bungendore in state-wide blitz
News
High range drunk drivers at Narooma and Bungendore have been arrested during a three-day police blitz on New South Wales roads. As Operation Drink Drive 2 concluded on Sunday (November 4), police expressed disappointment at the choices some drivers are making. Police conducted over 133,000 breath tests between Friday and Sunday, with 133 drink-drive charges laid, and 1928 speed infringements...
Queanbeyan’s Tresillian Centre opens for new parents
News
New parents struggling with the demands of a new baby can now access specialist support with the opening of the Tresillian Family Care Centre in Queanbeyan. The Parliamentary Secretary for Southern NSW Bronnie Taylor MLC officially opened the Centre on Monday (29 October). The name 'Tresillian' has been synonymous with baby care since 1918. The Royal Society for the Welfare of...
Festival of Open Minds Podcast – Jo Dodds, from the front line of climate and fire
Podcast
Vimy Ridge resident and Bega Valley Shire Councilor, Jo Dodds strongly believes climate change is at play in her community, she points to the bushfires of March 18 that ripped through her community at Tathra. Sixty-five homes were lost on that day, Jo's home was very lucky not to be one of them. Her appeal to the Prime Minister in...
Better water and better health promised during $175 million day
News
Five months out from the NSW Election it's easy to be cynical about politicians making announcements worth $175 million dollars. As the NSW Premier and the Member for Bega did just that today (October 31) in the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla, comments about "pork barrelling" and "buying votes" filtered through the live feed on About Regional Facebook. Given political history...
Regional communities come together to share their experience with disaster
News
Over the last seven months, the Bega Valley community has shown great resilience in the face of bushfires. That said, it has been tough and people will struggle for a while yet. On Thursday night (November 1) community leaders from a number of other regional areas will be in Tathra to share their experience: • Jane Laverty, Regional Manager, Northern Rivers NSW...
From Australian rituals to Australian birds, Matt Chun invites you to take a second look
Arts & Culture
Bermagui-based artist Matt Chun is drawing an oversized cassowary made up of hundreds of tiny white lines and dots on the front window of Candelo Books in Bega. In between strokes of the pen, he is carefully erasing his own fingerprints from the glass - the finished picture is a result of his self-described perfectionism. Chun is drawing on bookshop...
Tilba Real Dairy – responding to the environment and the market
News
Erica and Nick Dibden, the brains, heart, and passion behind Tilba Real Dairy shake their heads when they talk about how they used to bottle their award-winning creamy jersey milk. "We used to hand label every bottle," Erica says standing in front of their new bottling plant. "It was one bottle at a time with someone at the end screwing the cap on....
Motorcyclist dies on Monaro Highway at Cooma
News
A 62-year-old motorcyclist has died on the Monaro Highway at Cooma this morning (October 30). Emergency services were called to the single-vehicle accident at around 10.40 am, tragically the male rider died at the scene. The accident comes amidst a large volume of motorbike traffic moving through the region returning home from the Australian Moto Grand Prix at Phillip Island. The...
Meet Manuka Oval’s head curator Brad van Dam as a historic summer of cricket starts
Sport
As anticipation builds for Canberra's biggest summer of cricket, think of the man behind the scenes who is tasked with one of the most important jobs this summer. Brad van Dam is the head curator of Manuka Oval and he is entrusted with the task of making sure Canberra's premier cricket venue is ready to host two Big Bash clashes, a...
Goulburn-Mulwaree invests in its young people
Community
Goulburn Mulwaree Council’s new Youth Services Co-ordinator is all about delivering outcomes for the region’s youth. No ifs, buts or maybes, the programs Luke Wallace wants to bring forward will all have some benefit for young people. “They will be meaningful programs that support all our young people. Like Vibefest (the annual youth music festival) which gave youth performing, administration...
Music community mourns the passing of Richard Gill
Arts & Culture
The Canberra Symphony Orchestra and Four Winds, Bermagui have joined the music world in mourning the passing of Richard Gill, who died from cancer at his Sydney home on Sunday morning (28 October), less than a week before his 77th birthday. The CSO said it echoed the deep sadness felt by Australia’s music community at the loss of Gill, one of the...
Step Back in Time: Roses, Railways, Rural Heritage combine in Goulburn
Community
Last weekend, Goulburn celebrated its annual Steampunk Victoriana Fair at the Goulburn Historic Waterworks. A hub for retro-futuristic enthusiasts, the event was brimming with colourful costumes, music, and designs displaying the creativity of some very imaginative people. However, even when zany events like the Steampunk Victoriana Fair aren't taking place, there are still plenty of reasons to visit this scenic...
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