Brumby panel announced as rehoming scheme launches again
News
The long-awaited Kosciuszko Wild Horse Community Advisory Panel has been announced, as the NSW Environment Minister restarts the brumby rehoming scheme. NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro and NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean made the announcement saying it was the next step in addressing the number of brumbies in Kosciuszko National Park. “I’ve long been advocating for a balance between recognising...
One person’s mission to reshape Canberra’s canopy by planting 100,000 trees
Environment
Canberra has long taken great pride in the canopy of trees which adorn the capital. Now, one person's mission to plant more than 100,000 trees and shrubs in the Canberra region by 2025 is taking form, adding to the lush landscape. Edwina Robinson is the founder of The Climate Factory, a social enterprise set up this year to plant micro-forests in urban...
Electric vehicle options get easier, early adopters leading the way
News
Electric cars have long been touted as the up-and-coming next big thing in transport and as part of the solution to our global emissions predicament. But electric vehicles have been up and coming for a long time and are still not a common sight, especially in regional areas. EV enthusiasts say that it's a lack of charging infrastructure which...
“We all get busy but we should never be too busy to look after ourselves or others.” – Batemans Bay’s Kym Bayley
Health & Wellbeing
It's been a heartbreaking journey for Eurobodalla property manager, Kym Bayley who's on a mission to raise funds and awareness for men's mental and physical health. 'Run for Bob' was inspired by the passing of more than just one man in Kym's family, "we lost my dad in 2012 to Bowel Cancer, his brother five weeks prior to him with...
Floriade colours our world with a million blooms
News
Floriade Head Gardener Andrew Forster may have lost count but Canberra's annual celebration of spring starting on Saturday remains his favourite time of the year when he sees all the hard work of the previous year come literally to a head, and then opening up into a kaleidoscope of colour. Andrew thought it might be No 23 but he has...
Canberra company’s Ebola response lauded with humanitarian service medals
Community
At the height of a rampant Ebola outbreak in 2014, Freetown, Sierra Leone was described by Aspen Medical's Dr John Gerrard as "the worst affected city, in the worst affected country in the worst ever epidemic of the worst disease known". But rather than retreating in horror from a virulent epidemic, medical staff from the Canberra company headed straight towards...
Local Strategic Planning Statement being developed for next 20 years
News
Bega Valley Shire Council is about to launch a land-use guide for the region designed to cover the next 20 years. The new Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) will shape how Council plans for growth within the Shire. Council says, the LSPS will outline planning priorities aimed at maintaining the special characteristics which contribute to local identity and shared community values,...
Meet the man of ‘Oomph’ Damon Davies
Arts & Culture
Bega Valley singer-songwriter Damon Davies is the original 'man of oomph'. This much loved local musco and the words of his 2002 song inspire this Saturday's Festival of Open Minds. “People with oomph – they’re not lyin down. People with oomph – spread the good life. People with oomph – keep their own style. People with oomph – walk mile...
Footbridge opens access to Queanbeyan River loop
News
Queanbeyan residents can now safely make their way across the town's iconic river with the opening of the new shared-path bridge over the Queanbeyan River. The completion of the footbridge allows walkers and cyclists to more safely cross the river and enables a walking loop around the river from the suspension bridge in East Queanbeyan to the town. The footbridge also...
Bega Cheese looks to Fair Work Commission to resolve wages dispute
News
Bega Cheese and in a way the town itself is preparing for unprecedented industrial action as a wide range of staff at the iconic cheese brand push for more money in their pay packets. “Workers have bargained in good faith and are making reasonable demands at the table," says Patricia Fernandez, NSW Secretary of the Australian Meat Industry Employees’ Union (AMIEU)....
Gel blaster arrest at Ulladulla
News
A man has been arrested after allegedly walking the streets of Ulladulla last month with a ‘gel blaster’ assault rifle. Just after midnight on Wednesday, 14 August, officers from South Coast Police District were patrolling Golden Valley Drive, Ulladulla when they spotted two men, one of whom was allegedly in possession of a firearm. "The officers drew their firearms and...
Sugar Glider family makes a nesting box home at Bega River
Environment
A rich reward for the crew from Bega River and Wetlands Landcare (BRAWL) group who have worked with such dedication over many years to restore Bega River ecosystems. Volunteers received a wonderful surprise last week when they checked new habitat boxes and found a family of Sugar Gliders nesting. The group has planted hundreds of trees and shrubs along the...
Sustainable Eurobodalla houses open this Sunday
Environment
Sustainable House Day is this Sunday - September 15, and provides a great opportunity to visit some of Australia's leading green homes. Local homes that are environmentally friendly, cheaper to run and more comfortable to live in. Across NSW more than 50 houses are open for you to explore and learn from. In the Eurobodalla, open houses are located at...
Fire ban in South Coast National Parks runs until the end of February
News
Solid fuel fires in NSW National Parks are banned for summer through the Illawarra, Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla, and Bega Valley. The ban kicks in today - Wednesday, September 11 and runs until the end of February 2020 due to continuing bushfire risk. The ‘park fire ban’ means that only gas, liquid fuel stoves and electric BBQs can be used. NPWS South Coast...
Another fancy dress armed robbery in the Eurobodalla
News
Batemans Bay Police are appealing for witnesses following an alleged armed robbery involving a man in a military-style ‘ghillie’ suite. Police report that at, "about 12 am today (September 11), the night console operator at a service station on Sydney Street, Mogo, was attending the fuel pumps when he was allegedly approached by an unknown male in a green camouflage...
Sarah’s Gift at Moruya raises $10,000 for refugee family
Community
Well-known singer/songwriter Sarah Cowan gave a rousing performance on Saturday night, while on a leave pass from Moruya Hospital cancer ward.Sarah told a rapt audience the story of Aden and Fardowsa, the refugees she is supporting on their quest to secure a safe future. Sarah is facing a life-threatening illness and helping the family is high on her bucket list....
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