New life injected into proposed Narooma Arts & Community Centre
Arts & Culture
  Plans for a new arts and community centre in Narooma are live again with the town's creators keen to see the idea progress. "Narooma needs it" was the general consensus at a recent community meeting. The Narooma School of Arts is leading the way, presenting preliminary designs and plans for land next to the historic Kinema. Spokesperson Laurelle Pacey says the volunteer...
Next step in Batemans Bay Bridge project revealed – community to comment
News
The detailed design for the Batemans Bay Bridge replacement has been released with a number of changes to the earlier design. The aim of the $274 million project is to improve freight access, reduce traffic delays in peak periods, and reduce economic and social impacts by removing the current lift span bridge. Member for Bega, Andrew Constance says, “The detailed...
“Historic investment in Bega TAFE” – Andrew Constance
News
“This is an absolute game changer for the people of the Bega Valley who are set to benefit from a TAFE presence rivalled by few others across the State,” says TAFE Minister, Adam Marshall. The comments came as a bulldozer moved soil around on what will become a new hub for learning in Bega. An extra $17 million dollars has...
Regional NSW to be a cruise ship destination with Natalie at the helm
Economy
Eden's success as a cruise ship destination is inspiring the whole New South Wales coastline and taking one local tourism leader along for the ride. Natalie Godward has just been appointed Cruise Development Manager for the Port Authority of NSW. "This is the best job in the world in the best community, it's pretty exciting to be on the cusp...
Liberal faithful gather to laud Howard legacy at MoAD
Arts & Culture
Not only lauded as a hero for modern Liberals, it seems that John Howard is also a true believer, at least to the extent that he and Scott Morrison both think that the government will win the next Federal election. It was very much an event for true believers of all kinds this week as the Howard Library at the...
Rural lifestyle, big impact: Tony Dean makes art for your hip pocket
Arts & Culture
You might have to squint to see it but on the top right-hand side of the Armistice Day centenary two dollar coin,  is a tiny initial: TD. Bega-based designer Tony Dean (AKA TD) has had the pleasure of putting his initials on two circulating two dollar coins in a series of five coloured Remembrance Day coins. His first design, inspired...
Canberra Show slashes ticket prices as part of bid to revive event
Arts & Culture
Organisers of the Royal Canberra Show have slashed ticket prices for next year as part of an opening gambit to arrest declining attendances and revive the struggling event. Tickets will be 30 per cent cheaper than this year, with a further 20 per cent discount if purchased online, as well as $5 a day for school students. The Royal National...
Man arrested in connection with illegal police buggy in Southern Highlands
News
Police in the Southern Highlands have arrested a man in connection with a social media video that featured a buggy racing through bushland sporting illegal police markings. The Polaris all-terrain vehicle allegedly marked with NSW police insignia narrowly missed a Mitsubishi Triton utility on Wombeyan Caves Road, Bullio, at about 2 pm on Saturday (December 1). The incident was captured on...
A safe journey to Moruya’s youth – Walawaani Garindja
Community
What started as a safe place for local youth to hang out and grab a free feed has become so much more. Every Wednesday afternoon as many as 36 kids, ranging from age five to 16 years, gather at the Gundary Oval clubhouse to share Aboriginal culture, engage positively with community leaders and police, and learn a few life skills....
Why can’t the government sort out ED waiting times?
News
Despite years of effort directed at trying to solve the problem, Emergency Department waiting times in Canberra remain the worst in the country, according to the latest figures. Elective surgery waiting lists are also poor on a national basis, with many patients waiting more than a year. According to the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare, 72 per cent of...
Phone scammers targeting Southern NSW
News
South Coast police have issued a warning about phone scammers attempting to coax local people out of their money ahead of Christmas. Multiple reports have been received with people describing phone calls from someone claiming to represent either the NSW Police Force, the Australian Taxation Office, Telstra, or a financial institution. Police say the caller talks of an outstanding bill...
Why Government should not be competing with small oyster businesses – Leanne Atkinson
Opinion
Small businesses should be owned and operated by families and private individuals – not by the government. This is why the decision of Premier Berejiklian to take a $3.3 million ownership stake in Australia’s Oyster Coast (AOC) in my mind is contentious and controversial. Small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy, particularly in regional areas like ours. They create...
Queanbeyan Liberal says the party’s mess is a boil that must be lanced
News
Queanbeyan Liberal Party MLC Peter Phelps says that "absolutely nothing" will save the government as the Federal party spirals into freefall, but an early election is vital to rescue the NSW government's chances in the forthcoming election. And the conservative State parliamentarian, who lost his own pre-selection for the NSW Upper House recently, says he is "utterly unsympathetic" to Liberal...
Canberra key to Monaro rail trail’s potential tourism bonanza for region
News
The development of a recreational trail along the disused rail line between Queanbeyan and Bombala would add $4 million a year to the regional economy, according to a pre-feasibility study. The study, prepared by TRC Tourism for Monaro Rail Trail Inc, examined the case for establishing a trail for cyclists, walkers and runners along the 213km corridor, concluding that the potential tourism...
Tathra’s Matthew Nott takes to the sky above Canberra – climate action NOW!
News
When the word 'NOW' appeared in the sky above Canberra yesterday afternoon (4 December), locals were left unsure as to its meaning, leading to a trail of suggestions ranging from half-written 'Monica's to calls for an early election. That didn't bother the man behind the skywriting, Tathra's Dr Matthew Nott, the founder of Clean Energy for Eternity. In fact, he capitalised on...
“You go from one extreme to the other in this job, every day is different” – Detective Sergeant Justin Marks
News
One of the region's leading police officers says he'll be happy to see the back of 2018. Detective Sergeant Justin Marks has led some of the biggest local police investigations of last year. His feelings reflect the intensity of some of those jobs and the impact these crimes and incidents have had on his community. Marks was a finalist in...
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