Yankees Gap Fire likely to grow, difficult to put in a box
News
The Yankees Gap Fire is likely to grow and continue burning to the north over the next week as firefighters prepare for what Sunday's weather will bring. After Wednesday's devilish conditions destroyed three homes and five outbuildings, the Bega Valley Rural Fire Service used Thursday and Friday to prepare for what was expected to be challenging conditions on Saturday. "Saturday was largely...
Yankees Gap Fire claims at least three homes, prepare now, more at risk
News
Those living in the midst of the Yankees Gap Road Fire are catching their breath and preparing themselves and the communities around them for the days ahead. Following Wednesday's flash point, firefighters have spent the hours since conducting back burning operations to slow the spread of the 3000-hectare fire. Three homes and five outbuildings have been destroyed by the flames...
Two homes lost in Yankees Gap Fire more still in harms way – prepare now!
News
Those living in the midst of the Yankees Gap Road Fire are catching their breath and preparing themselves and the communities around them for the days ahead. Following Wednesday's flash point, firefighters have spent the hours since conducting back burning operations to slow the spread of the 3000-hectare fire. Two homes and four outbuildings have been destroyed by the flames...
Narooma Lions & Merimbula Diggers highlight need for MND research
Sport
The Aussie Rules community in the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla will come together on Saturday (August 18) to remember two men who had a love for the game and their clubs and battled bravely with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). The Narooma Lions play host to the Merimbula Diggers; the footie will be the backdrop to an all-day fundraising event for the Fight...
Calm at Bemboka ahead of increasing wind
News
The sting in yesterday's weather died out overnight but the flames and smoke it created remain and will for some time. The Yankees Gap Road Fire at Bemboka, north-west of Bega is now twice the size of the fire that destroyed 65 homes at Tathra and surrounds five short months ago. The Rural Fire Service is following up this morning on...
Bemboka will be “a protracted fire, we will have to draw on a number of strategies to bring about containment.”
News
The darkness of night has hidden the thick column of smoke coming from the Yankees Gap Road Fire at Bemboka, but there will be no rest of those fighting the flames and those living around them. Water bombing helicopters moved in late in the day as winds dropped, at their peak, gusts reached 78km/hr, winds are expected to remain gusty...
Dignams Creek road upgrade on track despite York Civil trouble
News
The NSW Government has moved to secure the future of a major road project on the Far South Coast and the entitlements of contractors and workers. Member for Bega, Andrew Constance has announced Fulton Hogan will progress the Princes Highway upgrade at Dignams Creek between Cobargo and Narooma. York Civil, who had the job was placed into administration on August 6...
Goulburn business excellence on show
News
The 2018 Goulburn Business Excellence Awards drew a capacity crowd on Saturday night, underscoring the strength of the local business community and a regional economy on the move. “It was the largest gala dinner to date held by the Chamber with 180 people attending. Businesses booked tables and brought staff to celebrate. We were sold out and at maximum capacity,”...
Deputy Mayor calls for a slow down in Eurobodalla ‘Rural Lands’ process
News
Eurobodalla Deputy Mayor, Anthony Mayne is calling for a halt to the ongoing and long-running debate around the shire's strategy to manage farming land. Cr Mayne believes the implications are broader than just 'rural lands' and wants more people to have input, he's suggesting the community lacks confidence in the process that created the Rural Lands Strategy and needs to...
Oh what a night! The Eden Business and Community Awards
Community
A big crowd gathered on the western shores of Twofold Bay on Saturday night for the biennial Eden Business and Community Awards hosted by the Eden Chamber of Commerce. The sell out crowd of almost 200 stepped out in their finest threads with a touch of masquerade at the historic Seahorse Inn. The pearls and cufflinks in the audience added...
“Our Earth has lost a great man.” – Vale Tony Coote AM
Environment
Tony Coote AM, passed peacefully away on Wednesday 8th August. Coote leaves an enormous legacy in his visionary commitment to the Australian landscape. At a time when our thoughts are honed to devastating drought across large sections of Australia, Tony Coote was an outstanding leader in his work towards regenerating Australian landscapes. Coote AM, BSc. MBA was the founder of The Mulloon Institute...
More twists and turns in the future of Eden’s Hotel Australasia
News
The long history of the Hotel Australasia on Eden's main street has taken another twist, with the future of the derelict but much-loved watering hole again in limbo. Negotiations around the sale and restoration of the 113-year-old building were progressing with the successful tenderer -  Irisha and Rubycove Pty Ltd, but seemed to end abruptly late last month with Bega...
Woman charged with elderly mother’s murder in Southern Highlands’ nursing home
News
A woman has been charged with murdering her elderly mother in a Southern Highlands' aged care facility on the weekend. About 9.35 pm on Sunday (August 5), police were called to an aged care facility in Bundanoon after the death of a 92-year-old woman at the facility. Officers from The Hume Police District made inquiries and at about 10.30 am...
Batemans Bay’s David Degning ‘devastated’ after losing appeal; deportation awaits
News
Freedom for David Degning has stalled with his appeal against deportation back to the United Kingdom rejected today by Justice Alan Roberston in the Federal Court. The father and grandfather from Batemans Bay will stay in the Villawood Detention Centre in Sydney for the time being. His lawyer, Stephen Blanks says Mr Degning and his family are devasted by today’s loss and...
Firefighters note in the Canadian woods boomerangs back to the Bega Valley
News
Three firefighters from South East NSW are on the ground in the United States, part of an international effort battling devastating wildfires in Northern California, Oregon and Washington State, which to date have killed six people and destroyed around 500 homes. Phil Walker from Numbugga Rural Fire Service (RFS), Tamsyn Harlen from Far South Coast RFS, and Phillip Eberle from...
Get hands on with local koala research, volunteer training this Saturday
Environment
You are invited to take part in the next phase of a program that is helping manage and protect a fragile population of Bega Valley koalas. A koala workshop will be held at The Crossing Land Education Centre in Bermagui this Saturday (August 11). The main purpose of the workshop is to discuss, plan, and provide training for the volunteer contribution...
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