Research about Aboriginal society is not news to this Moruya audience
Arts & Culture
News this week that Aboriginal people reached Australia at least 65,000 years ago won't come as a surprise to those who saw Mallacoota based writer Bruce Pascoe speak in Moruya last April. Research out of new excavations of a rock shelter at the base of the Arnhem Land escarpment in the Northern Territory has pushed back estimates of human arrival on...
Festival of Daring Possibilities asks – What if? Big picture thinking in Bega.
Arts & Culture
The 'Festival of Daring Possibilities' at the Funhouse in Bega has asked people to think big and solicited ideas that lead to new solutions and attitudes. In stimulating the discussion, Funhouse founder, Cayce Hill said, "It's the people not like us that make us grow." Cayce urging her audience of 30 people or more to inspire each other with their...
Head garbos point to new opportunities in the local ‘war on waste’
Environment
'Head garbos' across the region have welcomed the supermarket ban on light weight plastic bags but are looking to new opportunities and challenges in their ever present 'war on waste'. Woolworths and Coles were tripping over themselves in announcing the news last week, both committing to a phase out of single use bags over the next 12 months. Shoppers will...
Postcard 2 from Timor Leste, touch down in Dili. By Tim Holt
Arts & Culture
The Air North flight from Darwin to Dili can take 76 passengers and it’s a full house. Two Australian school groups and their teachers, all bubbling with excitement for the adventure that lies ahead. One group is bearing gifts of ukuleles, fourteen in all. I imagine a Timorese ukulele orchestra in the making. We land in Dili a little after...
Bronnie Taylor sticks with State politics, says ‘no’ to Eden-Monaro seat
News
One of The National Party's strongest voices in South East NSW has moved to end speculation about her political ambitions. Monaro local, Bronnie Taylor says she won't stand for preselection if The National's decide to contest Eden-Monaro at the next Federal Election. Commentary has been building since The National's launched a Cooma - Snowy Branch in early July. Despite the...
Podcast 16 – Cooma’s Charly Thorn, the talk of the town.
Arts & Culture
Welcome to About Regional – a new place for the stories of South East NSW. This podcast is brought to you by Julie Rutherford Real Estate at Bermagui, Doug Reckord, Wendy Gorton and Shan Watts – thanks for your support. About Regional Memberships are now open and come packed with perks! Charly Thorn is the talk of the town, not...
Feminism forum looks for local relevance and perspective
Arts & Culture
An open forum later this month is looking to find a local perspective and relevance around ‘Feminism in the 21st Century’. It's a topic that I instinctively pull away from but strangely am drawn to at the same time. The women who lead these discussions continue to throw up modern experiences I struggle to identify with but none the less...
Landmark Monaro tree hollow gets a resident
Environment
This old girl has seen a few Monaro winters and it seems she now has something to cuddle up to.
Batemans Bay pitches to a future as the State points to a pot of gold
Arts & Culture
Batemans Bay's seaside location is guiding a vision for the town's future, with the Business and Tourism Chamber inspiring a plan that includes floating pontoons in the CBD and a pier off Hanging Rock for cruise ships to pull up alongside. Lead by newish president David Maclachlan, the Chamber is making the most of the State Government's pitch for big ideas that...
River Cottage Australia @ Central Tilba sold! Meet the new owner
Arts & Culture
The new owner of the River Cottage Australia property at Central Tilba on the New South Wales Far South Coast is a 36-year-old single builder from Sydney looking for a place to put roots down and call home. Tristan Diethelm says he is comfortable with the price he paid for the famous TV set but wouldn't reveal the final figure....
Postcard 1 from Timor Leste, by Tim Holt 
Arts & Culture
Tim Holt has been a passionate advocate for the people of Timor Leste (East Timor) since before I knew him. Tim and I share a love and skill for radio and worked together at ABC South East for nine years until Tim's 'retirement' at Christmas in 2015. Between 8:30 and 11:00am five days a week, Tim served up a dynamic...
New southern NSW tourism boss gets down to work
News
A new energy is at play in the region's tourism industry, with Shane O'Leary appointed to the newly created position of General Manager, Destination Southern NSW. O'Leary's boots are under his new desk for the first time this week as this new organisation finds it's feet and makes good on the State Government's tourism reforms. Most recently working as Economic Development...
Young Far South Coast ‘SongMakers’ craft new tunes at The Crossing
Arts & Culture
Bushland on the Bermagui River has been the setting for an artistic collaboration between local teens and two of Australia's most talented people. Thelma Plum and Jean-Paul (JP) Fung last week led 16 senior students from Bega, Narooma, and Eden High Schools in a two-day music and song retreat at The Crossing. Thelma is an Indigenous singer-songwriter from northern New South Walse,...
Podcast 15 – Refugee Week in South East NSW with ANU Professor of Diplomacy
Arts & Culture
Refugee Week is being marked around the region, the theme is a clever play on words borrowed from our national anthem - “With courage let us all combine.” The aim of the week is to celebrate the contribution refugees make to Australian society and to ultimately build a better understanding between different communities. A range of cultural, social, and advocacy...
Over $5 million for local cycleways including Bega to Tathra link
Environment
The long-awaited Bega to Tathra cycleway is set to become a reality with $3 million set aside in the NSW Budget this week. Member for Bega, Andrew Constance said, “I am so excited to confirm the funds to build this important project." “This will not only better connect two of our great communities it will also provide a fantastic tourism driver...
Fear and fluoride, bedfellows amidst conflicting “evidence”
Environment
The potential fluoridation of the Tantawanglo-Kiah Water System (Candelo, Wolumla, Merimbula, Tura, Pambula, Eden, Kiah) and the Brogo - Bermagui Water System (Quaama, Cobargo, Brogo, Wallaga Lake, Bermagui) has divided the Bega Valley community. With Bega Valley Shire Council’s decision on whether to fluoridate or not still pending, the way forward seems far from clear. By the way, the Bega...
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