Snowy Monaro Youth Awards highlight talent, passion, depth
Community
The inaugural Snowy Monaro Youth Awards have highlighted the vast contribution being made to the community and the future by teens in towns like Bombala, Jindabyne, and Cooma. Awards in eleven categories were contested by 49 nominations, with the awards ceremony at the Cooma Ex-services Club one of the highlights of Youth Week celebrations in the Shire. Snowy Monaro Youth Mayor, Zara...
Batemans Bay grandfather to be deported on Thursday
News
A Batemans Bay grandfather is in Villawood Detention Centre awaiting deportation back to the United Kingdom on Thursday. Family, friends, and supporters say David Degning was bundled out of his home in handcuffs at dawn three months ago by 16 Border Force officers. Jody Warren has known Mr Degning for 30 years and says he is scared, confused, and feels...
Council proposing Tuross River dam to drought proof Eurobodalla
News
Eurobodalla Shire Council has released plans for a second water supply storage in the shire. Concept designs for a new $100 million dam near Bodalla are now complete and available for the community to view and make comment on. The proposed facility is unlike a traditional dam in that it is off-stream, with water pumped to it from the Tuross...
46km of new trails to help explore Kosciuszko National Park
Environment
Australia's highest places have just received a $27 million boost with 46km of new walking and mountain bike trails to be developed through the picturesque Kosciuszko National Park. Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro, John Barilaro, says the investment will create one of Australia’s, if not the world’s, best multi-day walking tracks and will totally transform summer tourism in the...
Footprint Theatre take to the Short + Sweet stage in Canberra
Arts & Culture
Regional theatre group Footprint Theatre will take to the stage in Canberra this week performing three 10 minute plays at the Short+Sweet Theatre Festival. The Pambula based troupe has had an association with Canberra Short+Sweet since 2012, and have staged four plays at the festival, including Driving the Holden, Call Out, The Waiting Room and Slow Dating. Director Lis Shelley...
Teen Clinic extends hours as Youth Week gets going
Health & Wellbeing
Teen Clinic Bega has extended its opening hours and is hoping Youth Week might inspire further improvements. Two afternoons each week, Teen Clinic makes time for local high schoolers. Teens simply need to drop in to meet with a Registered Nurse (RN) about any concern big or small, no appointment needed, and no cost. Doctors and other health professionals are...
Narooma to Nadgee Sea Slug Census highlights jewels of the sea
News
Largely unknown but very colourful creatures in the waters between Narooma and Nadgee have been turning heads this last week. A Sea Slug Census has captivated divers, snorkelers, rock poolers, walkers, and kayakers in the lagoons and estuaries that dot the Far South Coast. This “hunt” for the jewels of our coastline – nudibranchs, sea hares, and bubble shells, is...
Doors to close on Sapphire Coast Tourism after $$$ clash with Council
News
The board of Sapphire Coast Tourism (SCT) have voted to wind up the organisation on June 30 unable to work with the budget direction of Bega Valley Shire Council (BVSC). For almost a decade, SCT has been responsible for promoting and maximising tourism opportunities between Bermagui and the Victorian border. Their current core budget of $386,000 comes from Council with...
March 18 in Tathra, supercharged by climate change?
Environment
A town that has championed grassroots action against climate change has perhaps fallen victim to it, according to a longtime greenhouse gas campaigner. Tathra resident and local orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Matthew Nott believes the bushfire that scorched his town on March 18 was supercharged by climate change. As the founder of Clean Energy for Eternity, Dr Nott and his group...
Yes – the Eurobodalla has a drug problem, 200 people turn out to talk
Health & Wellbeing
The Eurobodalla is taking action on drugs and alcohol after hearing heart-wrenching first-hand accounts of the impacts being felt locally. A community meeting driven by the three Rotary Clubs of the Eurobodalla attracted almost 200 people on Monday (April 9) night to the St Mary's Performing Arts Centre at Moruya. The room was a mix of ages and backgrounds, not...
Lake Light Sculpture attracts over 20,000 people to Jindabyne
Arts & Culture
Over the Easter weekend, Lake Jindabyne provided a stunning natural backdrop for sculpture with the 17th Lake Light Sculpture exhibition welcoming over 20,000 visitors. Like Bondi’s famous Sculpture by the Sea and the more recent Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe (WA), people have voted with their feet, and trodden pathways and hills to view outdoor sculpture exhibitions locally. In South East...
Mobile phone upgrades – Bombala, Delegate, Tumut, Carwoola, and Tathra
News
New Federal funding promises to fill in a number of Mobile Black Spots in South East NSW. One hundred and six (106) priority locations across Australia have been singled out for improved mobile phone coverage through Optus, Telstra, and Vodafone. One hundred and two (102) new base stations will be built, including five local sites: Bombala – Will receive a...
Van Ryn victims claim another win, local people power at play
News
Warning - article contains a picture of Maurice Van Ryn and a description of his crimes against children. Laws used by a convicted paedophile to torment his victims further are about to change thanks to people power. A petition that started in the Bega Valley has just landed on the desk of the Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, Kelly...
Mental health support flows as Bega Valley bushfire recovery continues
Health & Wellbeing
Money is flowing to support good mental health in the wake of the March 18 bushfires that moved in on Tathra and surrounds. NSW Federal Liberal Senator, Jim Molan announced the $250,000 for extra counselling services at the Recovery Centre in Bega set up to manage the physical and emotional rebuilding that will take place in the months ahead. "This...
Cooma becomes Land Rover heaven as the iconic rural brand turns 70
Community
Around 800 Land Rovers lined up in Cooma over Easter for the 70th Anniversary celebration of the marque. The four-day event drew entrants from across the country. From the very first Series 1 model imported to Australia in 1948 and those that have seen service for Australian Armed Forces overseas, to newer luxury models of Range Rover, Cooma was heaving...
Teamwork saves Tathra Public School from the flames of March 18
News
"It was a matter of pick a house and save it," - the words of firefighter Brett Evans as he reflects on the effort of Sunday, March 18 as flames moved into the heart of Tathra. Brett works with the National Parks and Wildlife Service and has been a bushfire fighter for close to 30 years, "You feel apprehension, but probably...
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