Local wedding becomes a ‘festival of love’ at Mogo
Arts & Culture
A Mogo couple has opened their hearts to the community by turning their wedding into a music festival and an emotional celebration of local Indigenous culture. Stuart Absolon dreamt they were running a music festival, he said it was so real it felt like it was a sign. “We also wanted to get married so we figured if we made a...
Rebellion starts in Bermagui for fashion designer Simone Ellis
Arts & Culture
Bermagui's Simone Ellis seized an opportunity offered by an Instagram post, added crowdfunding and a whole heap of rope, packed a surfboard bag with her high-end fashion designs and headed to the runways of New York Fashion Week (NYFW) recently. As an independent fashion designer, Simone showcased eight of her extraordinary designs at the 'Flying Solo' show, one of the...
Ginninderry’s 5000-home proposal in Yass Valley moves to consultation phase
Property
Yass Valley Shire Council has opened community consultation on the Parkwood housing proposal, the NSW component of the Ginninderry residential development that straddles the NSW-ACT border. The Corkhill family's Riverview Projects (ACT) Pty Limited and local landowners want to build about 5000 dwellings in the Yass Valley to accommodate 13,000 people on a 600-hectare site, of which about 387 hectares...
Livestream of Public Forum at Eurobodalla Council up for discussion
Community
A heated debate over the Draft Code of Meeting Practice was a feature of this week's Eurobodalla Shire Council meeting. In proposing the Draft Code, General Manager Dr Catherine Dale is looking to bring the Eurobodalla in line with advice from the Office of Local Government (OLG). However, several speakers slammed the changes as "backwards." In essence, the 62 page Draft...
Canberra named Australia’s most liveable city thanks to safety, work and education
News
Melbourne may have previously won the title of the world’s most liveable city but when it comes to the things which count most to Australians, Canberra is streets ahead. The latest Life in Australia report by realestate.com.au and Ipsos has named Canberra as the most liveable city in the country for the third year in a row – with Canberrans...
Cooma’s smelly water improving after flash flooding contamination
News
The quality of Cooma's water supply is expected to improve within the next week. Despite recent concerns, Snowy Monaro Regional Council says the town's water supply continues to comply with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. But given the taste and odour, drinking it has been hard to swallow. Council says the change in water quality was caused by localised storm activity and flash flooding just over 10 days...
Kosciuszko rescuers receive GG bravery award
News
The actions of emergency services during a daring high country rescue nine years ago have been honoured at the highest level. Three current and retired NSW Police officers, two NSW Ambulance Paramedics, and two NSW State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers,  have been recognised for their brave actions with Australian Bravery Decorations. The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK...
Catholic Church will not break seal of confession on child abuse
News
Catholic Archbishop Christopher Prowse has welcomed and endorsed new ACT legislation requiring all adults to report child sexual abuse, but will not direct priests to break the seal of confession regarding the crime. The Crimes Act (ACT) will now require any person over 18 who identifies or believes that a child is being abused to report the matter to police. Attorney-General...
4WD wreaks havoc on regenerating bushland at Pierces Creek
News
Fifteen years of regeneration in the Lower Cotter Catchment has been flattened by a four-wheel drive vehicle in one of the worst acts of wanton vandalism ACT Parks and Conservation has ever seen. The area was devastated in the 2003 bushfires but has been regenerating with extensive tree planting but this half hectare site off Laurel Camp Road in Pierces...
Merimbula Scouts planning next big adventure on the back of generosity
News
The generosity of strangers has replaced any hurt or disillusionment a bunch of Bega Valley Scouts might have felt following the theft of their camping gear at Aragunnu recently. Three Venturers from First Merimbula Scouts and their two leaders lost everything they had with them - stolen in the blink of an eye while hiking between Bermagui and Tathra earlier this month....
Rocky Hall Preschool at the top of its industry – find out why
Community
A little preschool in the deep, some say remote part of the southern Bega Valley has been identified as one of the best in the industry. Rocky Hall Preschool has been rated as 'Exceeding the National Quality Standard'. The National Quality Standard (NQS) sets a national benchmark for the quality of children’s education and care services across Australia. “An overall rating...
Measles alert after infectious passenger passes through Canberra Airport
News
ACT health authorities have issued a measles alert after a recent traveller transited through the Canberra Airport while infectious. The Qantas passenger was only in Canberra for 49 minutes but anyone who may have been in contact with the person on the plane or at the terminal is being warned to be alert to symptoms. Acting Chief Health Officer Dr...
Work starts on Merimbula Airport terminal extension
News
Work starts this week on the Merimbula Airport Terminal upgrade, with Albury-based Joss Construction emerging as the successful pitch from the public tender process. Bega Valley Shire Council says an extension of the terminal is needed in order to allow a greater range of aircraft and airlines to provide services to the region, making it less dependent on the current provider - Rex Airlines....
Van Ryn pleads guilty to four counts of aggravated sexual intercourse
News
Notorious Bega Valley convicted paedophile Maurice Van Ryn has pleaded guilty to a range of new sexual offences in Bega Local Court today. Seven new charges were first heard by the court in October last year, three of those were withdrawn today before Magistrate David O'Connor, the four remaining are for aggravated sexual intercourse with a person aged between 14 and 16...
New Goulburn MP focuses on keeping election promises in marginal seat
News
For newly minted Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman, the real work begins now, following her hard-fought 75-day campaign that began with the surprise resignation of sitting Member Pru Goward late last year. The new local MP aims to get straight down to business with a priority on ensuring the pre-election funding promises from the NSW Government are delivered to the...
Barr to push for direct flights to Canberra on visit to China
Business
Direct flights from China to the ACT will be on the agenda this week when Chief Minister Andrew Barr leads a Government delegation to Guangzhou and Canberra's sister city Beijing. Mr Barr said growing the ACT's largest international tourism market and more international flights were the key objectives for the delegation. He will meet with China Southern Airlines and representatives from...
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