Dramatic Bermagui rescue ends well and highlights team work
News
A summer scare for a bunch of Melbourne kids holidaying at Bermagui has ended well but under dramatic circumstances. Shortly before 5 pm yesterday (January 15), a young family were enjoying an afternoon playing on the rocks at Bermagui's renowned Blue Pool when they became stranded by the turning tide. The children; two boys and two girls aged between 10 and...
Moruya Airport to close for upgrade, Rex flights cancelled
News
Moruya Airport will be closed for three weeks with Rex flights cancelled from mid-February. The shut down is part of a runway upgrade, with works slated to start on 14 February. "Council staff and sub-contractors will work seven days a week to ensure necessary improvements to the main runway and the shorter east-west runway are finished as quickly as possible,"...
Batemans Bay Police seek witnesses to altercation
News
Batemans Bay Detectives are investigating an altercation that took place in the town centre over the weekend and are calling for witnesses to come forward. Two couples were involved in the incident which occurred between 8:00 pm and 8:30 pm on Sunday (January 13) at the ‘T’ wharf on the Clyde River, Batemans Bay. Police believe people may have been fishing nearby...
Hot, Hot, Hot in Southern NSW. Tips for taking care of you and others
Health & Wellbeing
With temperatures in some parts of the region expected to nudge forty degrees this week comes a warning about the impact that heat will have on vulnerable people and some advice on getting through it. Southern NSW Local Health District, Director Public Health, Tracey Oakman says while heat-related illness can affect anyone, certain groups are at a higher risk. These include...
New candidate takes on major parties in Goulburn
News
The Shooters, Fishers and Farmers (SFF) will launch their campaign for the NSW seat of Goulburn on Friday (18 January) when local school teacher Andrew Wood steps into what promises to be a keen-fought battle for the electorate’s vote. Mr Wood joins Labour Party stalwart and former ALP Federal Senator Ursula Stephens, and an as-yet-unnamed Liberal Party candidate who will...
Bega’s Farmer’s Market – what does it need to really fire in 2019?
Community
On face value, Bega’s Farmer's Market has a lot going for it. It offers fresh, local food sourced within 250 km. The weekly Friday market is centrally located in Bega’s Littleton Gardens and it even has a stall which will sell your excess produce for you for a small commission. So why, so often, does a view of the market...
One man found one man still missing on NSW Far South Coast
News
A man missing for four days and believed to be living with dementia has been found safe and well. Police and family had serious concerns for 78-year-old Douglas Nelson, who hadn't been seen since last Wednesday (January 9). A media alert over the weekend asked the community to report any sightings, at that time police thought Mr Nelson may have been...
Million dollar upgrade of Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden starts
Environment
A $3 million facelift for the much loved and respected Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden is underway in 2019. A new purpose-built home for the heritage-listed Wallace Herbarium is on track to be complete by February. The former herbarium space will be converted into a new retail area to provide visitor services and sell quality, locally-made art, wares and produce. A...
Stage two of Broulee Surf Club upgrade funded – $350,000
Community
Stage two of the Broulee Surf Club upgrade is a go thanks to a $350,000 grant from the NSW Government. Club Secretary, Wendy Law says its very exciting and is the culmination of six years of planning. "We'll be replacing our first-aid room which is twenty years old, extending the downstairs area by eight metres which will give us more...
Fillip for lakes and anglers as fish stocking program pays off
News
The ACT's native fish stocking program is starting to net results with anglers pulling some big ones out of our lakes, and populations establishing themselves to play their role in the aquatic ecology of the Territory. On Friday (4 January) the release began of thousands of Murray Cod and Golden Perch fingerlings, which have been found to be the species...
Lonely Planet toasts Canberra region in new Australasian wine trails guide
News
Not long ago travel guru Lonely Planet put Canberra on the tourism map by naming it one of the world's top 10 cities to visit. Ranked third on the list of cities to visit in 2018, the national capital, and its Chief Minister, have been dining out on the recognition ever since. Now Andrew Barr and the rest of us can...
Oyster Reef Restoration Project aims to repair post-European damage
Environment
2019 brings a focus on restoring natural oyster reefs along the New South Wales coastline, with the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) launching the Oyster Reef Restoration Project. As a starting point, Eurobodalla and Bega Valley oyster farmers are invited to have input via an online survey. NSW Acting Senior Fisheries Manager, Charlotte Jenkins, says the restoration project is a key...
Citizen cops swoop on alleged pervert at Lake Conjola
News
Holidaymakers have stepped up after allegedly finding a man secretly filming children at a caravan park at Lake Conjola. About 3 pm on Friday, December 28, police were called after reports a man was being detained by members of the public. It's alleged that the 43-year-old was using a hidden camera to discreetly take photographs of young girls. Officers from...
Relief! Violent Victorian sex offender captured in Kosciusko Park
News
Relief across the Snowy Monaro with a wanted violent sex offender captured and arrested without incident. Police had been searching for 46-year-old Christopher Empey since November 23 after the GPS bracelet he is required to wear was located in the Baddiginnie area in regional Victoria. Acting on information from the public, officers from Monaro Police District, with assistance from Southern Region...
“I have chosen some broken paths, writing has been a saviour” – Meaghan Holt
Arts & Culture
A young Bega Valley-based indigenous writer and performance poet has been recognised as an instrument of healing and reconciliation with a prestigious mentorship. Director of the Aboriginal Writers Retreat, award-winning Yankunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann offers a yearly mentorship to an unpublished Aboriginal poet she believes writes poetry that ‘has the capacity to heal’. For 2019, Ms Cobby Eckermann has chosen Meaghan...
Caleb has autism, needs dialysis and a new kidney but Canberra Hospital says it can’t help him
News
A Canberra teenager with one failing kidney is facing a death sentence without dialysis and an eventual transplant but according to his mother, doctors at Canberra Hospital have told him he can't be treated because of his autism. Palmerston mother and full-time carer Leanne Browning says she was told on Christmas Eve that her 17-year-old son Caleb, who also has...
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