Tony Abbott confirmed as War Memorial’s newest council member
News
The newly appointed member of the Council of the Australian War Memorial, Tony Abbott, will ensure the stories from recent military conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Solomon Islands and East Timor will be proudly told. That's the view of the Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel, Darren Chester, who said Mr Abbott’s extensive experience will see the memorial upgraded to tell the stories...
19 year old charged following Tura Beach Kangaroo carnage
News
Bega Detectives have arrested a 19-year-old man from Bega and are expecting to lay further charges as they continue to investigate the brutal death of around 20 kangaroos in suburban Tura Beach at the weekend. The ease in which the iconic Australian animals moves around the coastal village north of Merimbula was shattered late on Saturday night when kangaroos of...
100% of Sth NSW Aboriginal children aged one and five now immunised
Health & Wellbeing
100 percent of Aboriginal children aged one and five years in the Southern NSW Local Health District are now vaccinated. Health District Acting Chief Executive Jude Constable says June quarter immunisation rates show a remarkable uptake among local Aboriginal families. “Our high immunisation rates are the direct result of our local strategies, which included working with GPs, community nurses and families,...
The $900,000 water tank Tharwa doesn’t want
News
More than 50 years after building their own water supply system, Tharwa Village residents continue relying on it, as well as a licence to extract water from the Murrumbidgee River. Even when the river recedes in summer, locals know where to dig in the sand for water. “There are ways and means,” according to Kevin Jeffery, who's also Tharwa Community Association...
Reboot in beautiful Bermagui this weekend as summertime builds
Health & Wellbeing
The October Long Weekend heralds the approach of warmer weather. Summer is on its way with cossies at the ready and camping spots being considered. The annual Reboot in Bermagui signals a start to that new energy with a jam-packed two-day program of fun and fitness that the entire town takes part in. Reboot in Bermagui is all about launching into...
Arts trail from Bodalla to Braidwood, Bungendore, and Queanbeyan
Arts & Culture
From the coast to the Capital, there's plenty of art to see in the coming days and weeks... Stuart Whitelaw & Gillian Wilde at Gallery Bodalla An exhibition of recent bodies of work by Stuart Whitelaw ‘Breath of the Lotus’, and Gillian Wilde ‘Twinkle and Trust’ runs through to Sunday, October  27 at Gallery Bodalla. In this show Gillian continues...
“Thank God for the independent JRPP” – Hanging Rock action group
News
Hanging Rock residents are hopeful their voice has been heard with plans for a luxury 'gated seniors community' in their backyard sent back to the developer with recommendations from the State Government's planning panel. Rob Murray from 'Friends of Hanging Rock' says, "The result was quite incredible - after two hours deliberation the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) returned to...
Level 1 water restrictions for Eurobodalla. What does that mean?
News
As communities to the west make deeper and deeper cuts to water availability, the Eurobodalla is taking its first step towards water restrictions. Level 1 water restrictions will come into effect across the towns and villages of the Eurobodalla on Monday, October 14. Council’s Infrastructure Director Warren Sharpe says a dry winter and lack of significant spring rain means the...
Police investigating kangaroo carnage at Tura Beach
News
Tura Beach is known for its resident kangaroos. Big and small, the iconic Australian animal seems at home in suburbia, lounging in sunny front yards. That ease was upset and replaced with cruelty and carnage on Saturday night with a large number of kangaroos of various ages run over and killed by a vehicle. Police report that at about 10:15 am...
Bega Valley pools open today in the midst of future funding discussions
News
The Bega Valley's smallest pool is open for another summer today - its 38th swimming season. The long cold days of a Bemboka winter have broken but with it comes a big conversation about the future of the town's pool. In fact, the future of all six of the Shire's public pools is a talking point with Bega Valley Shire...
A message from a 10 year old Batemans Bay boy to Scott Morrison – “help our farmers”
News
It was a family drive through a very dry landscape that inspired Oran Humphries to write a letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison pleading for money to be sent to the farmers whose livelihoods are being shattered by the drought. "I was going to Canberra, we were driving through Braidwood and there was just all dead grass and mum has...
Birthday marks two years of good deeds for Sapphire Community Pantry
Community
A powerful force of good in the Bega Valley community has just marked its second birthday. The Sapphire Community Pantry is now serving over 200 customers a week from its HQ on Peden Street, Bega. Led by Christine Welsh and Peter Buggy, the Pantry's aim is "supporting people to nourish themselves, their families and their communities" through reclaimed and donated...
Harden author’s focus on city-bush divide up for literary prize
Arts & Culture
Author and journalist Gabrielle Chan has been shortlisted in the Prime Minister's literary awards non-fiction category for her book about Harden Murrumburrah, Rusted Off. Chan, who writes for The Guardian from the Parliamentary Press Gallery and is married to a farmer on the South West Slopes, uses a hyper-local focus on her small community as a prism through which to examine the...
PODCAST – Festival of Open Minds, Nas Campanella
Podcast
Nas Campanella is a journalist and radio newsreader with the ABC via Triple J. She lost her sight when she was six months old. Nas also has a sensitivity condition which means she can’t read Braille. Winning an ABC cadetship in 2011, Nas spent her first-year news gathering and reading in Bega at ABC South East. In 2013 Nas joined...
New rego plate labels for ‘green’ cars to keep first responders safer
News
Owners of all new hydrogen, electric or hybrid vehicles are being asked to take part in a new initiative aimed at keeping emergency services and other first responders safer when attending a crash. Anyone with a hydrogen, electric or hybrid vehicle manufactured or modified after January 1, 2019, will soon be sent a small identifying label for their front and rear...
Candelo Pool closed till mid-November for repairs
News
Disappointment for Candelo swimmers busting to get back into the water, with Bega Valley Shire Council forced to delay the opening of the pool. Council's Aquatic and Leisure Facilities Coordinator, Nicholas Hoynes, says while preparing for pre-season painting ahead of Monday's (September 30) start to the season, specialist contractors discovered substantial issues with the concrete render in the pools as...
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