‘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...
Yellow buoys off Merimbula and Malua Bay listening for sharks
Environment
The sapphire waters of the Far South Coast naturally draw your attention - forever changing, forever surprising. This summer, just below Batemans Bay at Maula Bay and further south at Merimbula, a tall yellow buoy beyond the last line of breakers will catch your eye as your bum finds that sweet spot in the sand. It's a Shark Listening Station or...
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...
Money from the sun even after Solar Bonus Scheme ends
Environment
The days of money from the sun are coming to an end - at least in the way many of us have become accustomed to. The NSW Government's Solar Bonus Scheme ends on December 31. As dogs go running for cover from New Years Eve fireworks, much of the money households with solar panels have received over the last seven years will go...
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...
ABC Radio National cuts Candelo’s musicians
Arts & Culture
Over recent years, the town of Candelo has caught the attention of ABC Radio National presenters. Many of Candelo’s resident musicians, such as Heath Cullen, Melanie Horsnell, David Ross MacDonald (The Waifs), Robyn Martin, Pete Wild, Michael Menager, Sam Martin & Phil Moriarty (of Mikelangelo & the Black Sea Gents), and myself have all been featured on programs like ­The...
Tathra’s Indi Wood ‘making waves’ in Fiji
News
"She sent me a text messages saying I think your job just showed up," Indi says. "I looked at it and I just went, you know what? I can not not apply. "And I arrived in mid-May," Indi says, remembering how he came to be an Australian volunteer influencing the radio airwaves at a Fiji commercial radio station. Indigo Wood is...
Cooma busking championships become truly national
Arts & Culture
Cooma's annual busking festival is going national. For the last five years, the Australian National Busking Championships have been based on the Monaro. And while talent from across the nation has been drawn to the streets of Cooma to compete and take part, that claim of being a 'national championship' didn't carry the weight the name implies. That changes in 2017....
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...
Veges galore – What is the secret to an abundant garden?
Environment
It's all about the base, 'bout the base, 'bout the base...the garden bed base that is. If you want to grow luscious healthy, strong and abundant vegetables, herbs and flowers, you are going to need good quality soil. As well as good soils, a vegetable bed needs aeration, sunshine, water and lots and lots of food - if you want...
Glowing oceans and starry skies: Bioluminescence at Mallacoota
Environment
Warm summer nights, beach dreaming, magical skinny-dips in sparkling coastal lakes...and with every kick and splash, the dark water around us lights up like magic. Many of us describe it as "phosphorescence", but it is something more exciting than a mere glow - it is bioluminescence, evidence of tiny marine creatures and their remarkable way of shining a light on...
The power of a simple homemade meal By Leah Milston
Health & Wellbeing
Years ago when my children were small and I was very depressed, a friend arrived on my doorstep with a homemade meal. I had gone from an energetic high to a motionless low. I always managed to look after my children but everything took so much effort and time. My friend was concerned about me, she had a sense I...
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