Snowy 2 hydro bounty to flow out to Hilltops region
News
Billions of dollar’s worth of investment in the wider Canberra region will also bring growth to the Hilltops region north-west of the national capital. The Snowy 2 pumped hydro renewable energy project will create work for large and small contractors and indirect benefits to the main towns of Boorowa, Harden and Young, according to Dr Edwina Marks, general manager of...
Beloved Canberra health worker Aunty Thelma named NAIDOC female elder of the year
News
A beloved member of the Canberra Indigenous community has been named female elder of the year at the NAIDOC National Gala awards, held at the Convention Centre on Saturday night (6 July). Aunty Thelma Weston, who was born in the Torres Strait, told Region Media that she was "very surprised", but also deeply honoured by the accolade. Aunty Thelma was...
Science supporting dairy farmers, Bega symposium speaks to the future
Business
When Bega Valley dairy farmer Ashleigh Rood answers her phone, it's fitting that she says quickly "can I ring you back? I've got heifers on the road." I'm talking to Ash ahead of the biggest dairy event in New South Wales, the annual Dairy Research Foundation’s Symposium, which will be held this year in Bega for the first time. Ash...
How Canberran ‘Bry the Fly Guy’ and his CSIRO colleagues had some Game of Thrones fun
News
Have you ever wanted to name a species? According to Canberra scientist ‘Bry the Fly Guy’ (aka Bryan Lessard), it’s the “most fun a taxonomist can have”! And it sounds like there’s been some fun to be had lately with the Canberra-headquartered CSIRO naming 230 new species during the past year. Just one of those was a bee fly named...
Born out of tough times, Tathra’s NoiseArt Collective
Health & Wellbeing
Editor’s note: NoiseArt Collective, the eclectic, prolific, creative outlet of Tathra-based electronic musician David Schmidt, began as a whim. David shares his story with you via About Regional hoping to inspire a sense of hope for anyone dealing with tough times. A friend at a Daniel Champagne concert commented that he’d like to do something with music but “couldn’t really...
Gypsy Soul Studio provides mosaic fun for Bega Valley Meals On Wheels
Community
"I'm not that creative," says Olive Cole, 89, as she carefully chooses a scrap of tile and places it on a cardboard template. A tendency to talk down our creative side and not give it much time to grow is fairly standard, according to Gypsy Soul Studio proprietors, Kay and Rob Bowerman, who run their business from their Black Range...
Backyard burn off warning, on the spot fines possible
Environment
Council is warning of on the spot fines for backyard burn offs in residential areas of the Eurobodalla this winter. Eurobodalla Shire Council is reminding locals that open burning in residential areas, particularly of rubbish and green vegetation, is not permitted. Nathan Ladmore, Acting Environmental Services Manager says this includes burning dead and dry vegetation in incinerators and bonfires. “Burning...
New Gilmore MP Fiona Phillips takes her place in Canberra
News
"It's an absolute honour to be here representing Gilmore," new MP Fiona Phillips says as she wraps up her first week in federal parliament. Phillips' win in Gilmore at the May 18 election was one of the only bright spots for Labor. The former TAFE teacher beat Liberal Party star recruit Warren Mundine by almost 6,000 votes two-party preferred with...
Tathra stalwarts decide its time to sell. Is this your big break?
Property
Two stalwarts of the Sapphire Coast tourism industry are contimplating more holiday time for themselves as they look to sell their business and open a new chapter in their lives. It's hard to imagine Tathra Beach House Apartments without Rob and Lesley White. The pair met while working in Thredbo during their mid-twenties, but started thinking about a life in...
Lunch options at Festival of Open Minds. Feed your mind and body!
What's On
Audience feedback from the Festival of Open Minds last year revolved around food. "You have fed my mind but what about my tummy?" was the sentiment expressed by many of the 350 people who attended. Bega was unprepared for that many people at lunchtime. Not this year! Side by side with building a fantastic program of speakers, we have been...
Canberra couple warns others after losing $60,000 in Bitcoin investment scam
News
A young Canberra couple have been ‘financially ruined’ after falling victim to an elaborate overseas Bitcoin investment scam which has cost them around $60,000. Despite their hardship and urgent search for work to pay the bills, Josie and Nick Yeomans have bravely shared their story as a way of warning others about the increasingly sophisticated nature of investment scams. Normally...
BEGA VALLEY BUSHFIRE PODCAST – Disaster recovery takes time
Podcast
It's easy to think those impacted by bushfire in the Bega Valley during 2018 should 'be over it by now' the reality is very different. Local support services speak of people still in need, still in emotional distress, still foggy and unable to cope with too much more. In episode two of this special three-part podcast series, we hear from Anne...
Eurobodalla tourist numbers up as more cruise ships appear on horizon
Business
The latest tourism data shows visitation to the Eurobodalla is at an all-time high, and with three cruise ships booked for stopovers, local leaders are optimistic about the future. Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes says the number of visitors to Eurobodalla in 2018 reached 1.55 million, compared with 1.26 million in 2017. “It’s estimated visitors injected $464 million into our economy...
From cash to kittens, Elaine’s Eurobodalla animal rescue mission
Community
"I just do it without thinking, and when it all falls into place it is just such a wonderful feeling," says Elaine Schutt as she speaks fondly of her most recent adoptee, Kia the six week old kitten. I originally met Elaine from Eurobodalla Animal Welfare League with intentions to chat about National Desexing Month which kicks off this week however...
Monaro Rail Trail – What might it look like? Meetings July 23-27
Community
There's progress on the idea of creating a recreational cycling and walking trail on the disused railway lines that crisscross the Monaro between Queanbeyan and Bombala. Snowy Monaro Regional Council is investigating the feasibility of the project with a series of community consultation sessions to take place later this month. Those excited by the 208-km idea point to the many...
Winter burn offs in South East NSW, local RFS says think twice, get advice
News
Winter in About Regional territory is beautiful - the low sun spreads its golden light over the snow-dusted gums of the mountains to the frosty river flats and the chilly sands of our turquoise sea. It's also a time of year where landholders are encouraged to clean up, burn off and get ready for the next fire season. Those bonfire...
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