Who to vote for in this Saturday’s Bega Valley and Eurobobdalla elections
News
You need to vote this Saturday (Sept 10), yes I know it feels like it was only last weekend that you were voting for Turnbull or Shorten. Nine spots around the table of Eurobodalla and Bega Valley Shire Councils are up for grabs. Who to vote for is the automatic next question. But when the field of candidates is so big...
Accidental bonsai – Ben Boyd National Park in miniature
Environment
Over the weekend, in the name of taking the slow road  (and the wide view, in the style of John Blay), I walked from Pambula Beach to Pambula along the bike track. This track runs alongside a strip of Ben Boyd National Park on the NSW Far South Coast, and the wildflowers are having a merry late-winter time of it....
Springtime fix for region’s roadkill blight
Environment
The approaching warm weather will clear the carcasses of native animals that line the Monaro Highway between Cooma and Canberra, according to the boss of the region's volunteer animal rescue agency. Pete Graham is the president of Looking After Our Kosciusko Orphans - Snowy Mountains Wildlife Rescue, he says the region's long cold winter is like a big fridge that...
Don’t panic! Use bio-diversity in your climate change garden
Environment
Some call it the quickening, some call it sprinter but I call it a bit bloody weird this weather hey! It’s getting warmer and wetter, which has the feel of the sub-tropics along many parts of the far south coast of NSW, so have you thought about growing food that may not traditionally belong in your climate zone? In Permaculture...
Citizens’ Jury to review Eurobodalla Shire spending
News
An idea adopted by the Irish Parliament is at play in the Eurobodalla. The Sydney based newDemocracy Foundation is working in communities from Durras to Dignams Creek, putting a $99,000 plan in place that seeks the views and input of ordinary people. Eurobodalla Shire Council is paying for it, keen to expand the traditional channels of collecting community feedback. In 2012,...
Kathleen McCann joins About Regional to get your garden growing.
Health & Wellbeing
The About Regional team just got bigger and smarter. Permaculturalist Kathleen McCann joins our ranks of collaborators under the banner of “growing food.” Kathleen started her business Luscious Landscapes in response to concern for the future of our natural environment and the sustainability of human life. She offers a different approach to garden and landscape design by using techniques and practices that...
Science Week feature – crocodiles just got scarier
Environment
Happy National Science Week! To celebrate, I thought I’d share with you an experience I had with one of Australia's most terrifying and magnificent creatures - the saltwater crocodile. There’s something about them that you might not know. Something that makes them even more mysterious, and admittedly; more bone-rattingly scary. But let’s start with a suspense-laden introduction. If you're like...
Hollywood opportunities for Bega Valley gamers and artists
Arts & Culture
A star gamer has been added to the line up for the upcoming Gamer Dev (development) Jam in Merimbula this September. Stephanie Bendixsen, the host of ABC TV's Good Game is coming to add her weight to a budding industry in the Bega Valley. Also known by her gamer tag 'Hex', Bendixsen has been host of the popular TV program...
Barry Humphries to tour Bega, Wagga, Cowra, Dubbo, Hawkesbury
Arts & Culture
Barry Humphries is and isn't coming to regional NSW. I hope you can forgive the click bait in the headline. Click bait has a tendency to let you down, but I am confident that the opportunity my Barry tease represents won't. Louise Hearman's winning portrait of this cultural icon will soon tour regional art gallery's as part of the 2016...
Taking the wide view: John Blay and the art of scientific discovery
Arts & Culture
“I think this is still a road,” Pete ponders as our 4WD tips forward almost perpendicular to the drainage ditch below. He was a child when the road was pushed through the Tantawangalo forest on the western side of the Bega Valley in NSW. He remembers it as a desecration. Yet here we are in our beast of a car, enjoying...
Finalists announced for Eurobodalla Business Awards
News
Finalists in eight categories have been announced for the inaugural Eurobodalla Business Awards. Thirty six businesses and business people from across the Eurobodalla will compete for the top honours at a gala dinner in Moruya on Friday 12 August. Over 70 entries were received, with the Excellence in Small or Home Based Business the most hotly contested category. The Eurobodalla’s...
About Regional announces partnership with Raisin
News
About Regional is taking a step forward, much sooner than I had anticipated. I’ve got that funny sick/excited feeling, but am pushing through it. I am very proud to announce a partnership with 'Raisin – Regional Science and Innovation.' Raisin is the baby of Candelo’s Kate Burke, yes singer and instrumentalist Kate Burke. Who knew a heart for science was keeping...
Bega left in the dark while votes are counted
News
Flicking off the lights at work on a Friday afternoon is one of life's simple pleasures. Perhaps only rivaled by turning off the lawn mower on a warm summer's day, and having the kids in bed asleep - finally! Staff in Peter Hendy's Bega Electorate Office switched off the lights on Friday July 1 after a long grueling Federal Election...
Calling all candidates – another Election Day is coming
News
The face of Local Government across regional towns in NSW will be decided this September. Although communities going through a council merger process will have to wait until September 2017. The ballot is a chance to shape your local Council for the next four years, with extra work and support being put in place to encourage a diverse mix of candidates...
A 30 year partnership between people and plants
Environment
The colour and distinctiveness of the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens is matched only by the people who got it going and the people who keep it going today. Those people, the Friends of the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens are celebrating 30 years of service in 2016. In keeping with the bottom up way the Gardens have been developed, any celebration...
Candelo activist gives Omid Masoumali a voice on Election Day
News
A regional voice from New South Wales has stepped forward in the final week of the Federal Election campaign, trying to bring clarity to one of the most toxic policy issues of our time. Kate Burke from the small village of Candelo in the Bega Valley, has form when it comes to Australia's treatment of refugees. In September of 2015,...
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