Stately Jeir home wins HIA’s top award for Southern Highlands builder
Property
Ageless, stately, elegant. This rural home in Jeir, north of the ACT in wine country has been designed and built to stand the test of time. The effort from Southern Highlands builder Quality Country Homes was rewarded with the Home of the Year award from the Housing Industry Association ACT and Southern NSW at its annual awards on Saturday night....
Timeless elegance of Rolls Royce within reach
News
Sinking into the creamy leather back seat of a Rolls Royce, Rob Evans searches for a pair of picnic tables. The principal of online auctioneers Allbids Fyshwick, Rob finds a clue in the Silver Spur model’s two seats in front of him. He gently unfolds two small tables - the picnic tables - with varnished timber tops. Gleaming in the...
Cooma – Yamaga sister city bond deepens with 2018 delegation
Community
Cooma's sister city bond with the Japanese city of Yamaga is on display this week. Locals will notice a Japanese delegation in town, as the Cooma Lions Club steps up once again to play host of this bi-annual exchange. The group of 27 high school students and eight adults arrived on Sunday (November 4) for a busy 6-day program that...
Hermits band together to be crowned national busking champions in Cooma
Arts & Culture
With an eclectic mix of instruments and sounds, the Haystack Mountain Hermits will return home to Queensland as this year’s Australian National Busking champions. Hundreds of spectators gathered in Cooma’s Centennial Park for the national finals concert with the Hermits declared Australia’s best buskers. The family-band from Tamborine Mountain on the Gold Coast wowed audiences on Sunday with their gypsy...
Gillian Triggs ‘Speaking Up’ in Bega
Podcast
Gillian Triggs has made a rallying call for the freedoms we take for granted to be safeguarded during her Friday (November 2) night lecture in Bega. With the doors of the Bega High School theatre wide open to catch any passing zephyr, Triggs started a conversation just as hot as the day had been. As President of the Australian Human Rights Commission...
Cooma figure skater Callum Bradshaw battles stigma off the ice with grace and poise
Sport
For local figure skater Callum Bradshaw, facing competitors on the rink is not half as bad as the battles he has to face when he steps off it. Competing in a female-dominated sport in Australia, people would often question or poke fun at the teenager, who chooses to spend his spare time on the ice rink practising graceful pirouettes and...
Canberra Milk recalls products over faulty caps
News
Canberra Milk is recalling of some of its full cream fresh milk products in the ACT and neighbouring NSW towns due to fears fragments of faulty caps may cause people to choke. The Canberra Milk Full Cream fresh 1L, 500ml and 300ml products were manufactured between Monday 22 October 2018 and Thursday 1 November 2018 at its Griffith dairy site...
Drunk drivers detected at Narooma and Bungendore in state-wide blitz
News
High range drunk drivers at Narooma and Bungendore have been arrested during a three-day police blitz on New South Wales roads. As Operation Drink Drive 2 concluded on Sunday (November 4), police expressed disappointment at the choices some drivers are making. Police conducted over 133,000 breath tests between Friday and Sunday, with 133 drink-drive charges laid, and 1928 speed infringements...
Queanbeyan’s Tresillian Centre opens for new parents
News
New parents struggling with the demands of a new baby can now access specialist support with the opening of the Tresillian Family Care Centre in Queanbeyan. The Parliamentary Secretary for Southern NSW Bronnie Taylor MLC officially opened the Centre on Monday (29 October). The name 'Tresillian' has been synonymous with baby care since 1918. The Royal Society for the Welfare of...
Festival of Open Minds Podcast – Jo Dodds, from the front line of climate and fire
Podcast
Vimy Ridge resident and Bega Valley Shire Councilor, Jo Dodds strongly believes climate change is at play in her community, she points to the bushfires of March 18 that ripped through her community at Tathra. Sixty-five homes were lost on that day, Jo's home was very lucky not to be one of them. Her appeal to the Prime Minister in...
Whale watching pioneers hoping for fireworks at Eden Whale Festival
Community
Ros and Gordon Butt are about to enjoy their first Eden Whale Festival as spectators rather than as busy tour operators aboard Cat Balou. The new owners of this famous Eden vessel will be on the water this year instead, hoping to thrill visitors. For the first time, Ros and Gordon, who are pioneers of whale watching in New South Wales...
Second man charged for Queanbeyan man’s death ten years after body was found in river
News
A second man has been charged over the murder of a Queanbeyan man ten years after he was murdered and his body found in the Queanbeyan River. The body of 46-year-old Danny Ralph, a chef and father of five, was located by police divers in the Queanbeyan River on 30 March 2008. Police allege Mr Ralph was assaulted after leaving a Queanbeyan...
Kalaru nails new Halloween tradition, informs discussion, builds community
Community
Like it or loathe it Halloween is increasingly becoming part of what young Australian families do on October 31. One Bega Valley community has trialed a way of managing the American side of this tradition that answers some of the concerns parents have and brings the community together; it appears to have been a success. The residents of Kalaru, between Bega and...
Bipartisan support for a Bungendore high school
News
With strong population growth in the area, a committed group of Bungendore parents have been pushing for a high school to be built in their town. On Friday (26 October) the NSW Opposition announced that Labor will build a new high school in Bungendore within their first term of office, if elected in 2019. Shadow Education Minister Jihad Dib made...
Better water and better health promised during $175 million day
News
Five months out from the NSW Election it's easy to be cynical about politicians making announcements worth $175 million dollars. As the NSW Premier and the Member for Bega did just that today (October 31) in the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla, comments about "pork barrelling" and "buying votes" filtered through the live feed on About Regional Facebook. Given political history...
Regional communities come together to share their experience with disaster
News
Over the last seven months, the Bega Valley community has shown great resilience in the face of bushfires. That said, it has been tough and people will struggle for a while yet. On Thursday night (November 1) community leaders from a number of other regional areas will be in Tathra to share their experience: • Jane Laverty, Regional Manager, Northern Rivers NSW...
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