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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...
Daniel Champagne goes back to school ahead of his tour of South East NSW and the ACT
Arts & Culture
Class five at Mumbulla School in Bega played host to a star from their alumni today (June 14, 2017) ahead of a big gig at the school on Saturday night. https://vimeo.com/221558093 Over the next week, Daniel Champagne will also play in Braidwood, Jindabyne, Nowra, Canberra, and Sydney, check his website for ticket info. Thanks for tuning in, the craft of video editing is new,...
About Regional presents TEDx Sydney in Bega – get your tickets here!
Arts & Culture
TEDx Sydney is the leading platform for promoting Australian ideas, creativity, and innovation to the rest of the world, and this year Bega gets a front row seat. TED is a not for profit organisation devoted to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’, you might be familiar with TED Talks - a global video and podcast sensation. These talks of between 5 and...
About Regional, podcast 14 – your solar power questions answered
Environment
Long before Donald Trump turned America’s back on the Paris Agreement, Australian families decided that investing in solar energy for their homes and businesses made sense, in fact Australia has the highest take-up rate in the world. The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage is keen to build on that and have just been in the region, dropping in on towns where...
Canberra listens to Bega Valley approach to teen health
Health & Wellbeing
A Bega doctors clinic and its simple commitment to providing time and space to Bega Valley teenagers is getting attention at the highest levels. For the last year, the Bega Valley Medical Practice in Bega has run a free weekly drop-in health clinic for teenagers. Known as 'Teen Clinic', the Practice sets aside time for teens with registered nurses (RN) two afternoons a week. High schoolers simply show...
Eurobodalla Citizens Jury – $100,000, 86 recommendations. Worthwhile?
Arts & Culture
Is Council spending your money on the right things? If not, what should it change? That was the question put to the Eurobodalla Citizens Jury, a group of 28 randomly selected residents. Starting in June 2016, the Citizens Jury reported back to Council in December making a wide range of recommendations from business development to land use to the role of the...
Big kids launch new Cooma playground
Arts & Culture
Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro, John Barilaro got a chance to goof off today (May 26) with the official opening of Stage 1 of the Cooma Lions Park upgrade. Mr Barilaro left talk of nuclear power, council amalgamations, and the sale of Snowy Hydro behind as he tested the park's new flying fox with Snowy Monaro Administrator, Dean Lynch....
‘Ghettos’ would be formed and ‘property values would be affected’ – Bega, May 1967
News
"Weather throughout the Division was fine," on May 27, 1967, according to the Electoral Commission's man in Eden-Monaro, Divisional Returning Officer, J.B Oehm. Mr Oehm's pedestrian wrap up of this landmark referendum gives no hint of the local debate and discussion of the time, historian Mark McKenna suggests these were challenging times in a town like Bega. Much is being...
South East NSW makes its pitch for jobs from Canberra
News
South East NSW is pitching itself as a new home for a range of Federal Government departments. Following the political and media stink around the relocation of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) from Canberra to Armidale, a Senate inquiry was established to investigate elements of the decision by Agriculture Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, and local member for Armidale, the National's Barnaby...
About Regional, podcast 13 – Reusable water bottles for every high school student
Environment
This week, one man takes on the garbage building in our oceans… Every high school student in the Bega Valley will soon have a reusable drink bottle, cutting the need for single use, light weight, disposable plastic water bottles. Over the last couple of months’ students at Eden Marine High School, and Lumen Christi Catholic College at Pambula have received...
Kids and convicts shape new Nimmitabel playground
Arts & Culture
A new playground is turning heads at Nimmitabel on the eastern edge of the Monaro. The bubblegum coloured update sits side by side with an existing 'old school' playground that has been there for at least 40 year according to Vickie Pollard, President of the Nimmitabel Advancement Group. Using money from the Boco Rock Community Enhancement Fund, a climbing frame, rope...
Put the kettle on, it’s time to get in the garden. Kathleen’s autumn-winter checklist.
Environment
The colder months are here and our region really feels it. Life retreats only planning to stir with the first rays of spring, but don't you retreat from your vegepatch or orchard, there are things to be done and still food to grow. First a bit of observance - with a cuppa and sitting in the sun in the middle of...
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