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 Seven new charges were first heard by the court in October last year, three of those were withdrawn today before Magistrate David O'Connor, the four remaining are for aggravated sexual intercourse with a person aged between 14 and 16...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...
Student doctors offering FREE blood pressure checks in Merimbula
Health & Wellbeing
Canberra-based medical students from the Australian National University will be offering free blood pressure screening at Twyford Hall in Merimbula this Thursday (March 28). The students will be supervised by local GPs and are also keen to chat with locals about what it’s like to live in a rural community. Nineteen students are in the Bega Valley this week as...
“Not just another choir concert” – Timor-Leste fundraiser bridges cultures
Arts & Culture
The Bega Valley Advocates for Timor-Leste will hold a fundraiser show, "One Night in Timor-Leste" on Friday (29 March) at Mumbulla School Hall, building on the $10,000 they have raised so far. Their goal is $65,000 to bring a Timorese choir to Australia in 2020. The evening will include a performance by the Bega-based Belun-Malu Choir, the latest incarnation of...
Booth by booth backs Barilaro for another four years in Monaro
News
As the count continues in the NSW seat of Monaro, the incumbent John Barilaro is stretching his lead out to a 9% swing with just over 80% of the vote counted. From 56,951 enrolled voters, the two-party preferred result has Mr Barilaro of The Nationals on 60.28% and Labor’s Bryce Wilson - 39.72%. The local Member since 2011, and Deputy...
‘Be Ready’ for school next year in the Eurobodalla, roadshow this week
Health & Wellbeing
Technology and children's development expert Dr Kristy Goodwin is in the Eurobodalla this week helping local parents take the guesswork and guilt out of raising kids in the digital age. The Be Ready Roadshow at Narooma, Moruya, and Batemans Bay is designed for families with a child starting school next year; an opportunity for parents and carers to learn directly...
Gareth Rees ‘King of the Mountain’ at Cooma Hill Climb
Sport
A rising air temperature and warm track made for some very close racing at yesterday's Mount Gladstone Hill Climb in Cooma. Cooma Car Club reports steadily improving times over the day with organisers able to accommodate a total of 6 runs of the 1 kilometre track for most drivers despite two track incidents. In the Juniors (under 18) Jakson Brown-Flack whipped 10...
PODCAST – Reimagining the housing dream at Cobargo Folk Festival
Podcast
The 'Ideas from the Edge' forums at the Cobargo Folk Festival, "are an opportunity to refresh your activist spirit, meet with local troublemakers, activists, and thinkers, as they discuss their ideas and visions for a better world," according to the Yuin Folk Club. At the 2019 festival held earlier this month, the Ideas agenda took in climate change, education systems,...
Ricky Stuart to become the face of Queanbeyan with large-scale mural
Community
The search for the face of Queanbeyan is over, with the title going to Canberra Raiders coach and proud Queanbeyan man Ricky Stuart. The Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council announced on Friday (22 March) that Stuart's face is set to be immortalised through a large-scale portrait mural in the heart of the CBD, beating over 40 other nominations from the community. In...
Election day in Batemans Bay, voters turn out and take part
News
There aren't too many events where the whole community takes part together, an election is one of them. They came in droves on Saturday to the Batemans Bay Community Centre to be a part of this wonderful thing we have - democracy. In this democracy, however, some of us only show up to avoid a fine. “There’s nothing I like about...
40 metre flying fox coming to Cobargo!
Community
An injection of funding to upgrade small-town parks around the Bega Valley has been met with vigorous community involvement, especially by a group of parents in Cobargo, who have been working with Council on ways to up the 'wow' factor of their local park. Apex Park in Cobargo, Memorial Park in Wyndham, Bicentennial Park in Bemboka and Lions Park in...
NSW Election – same same in Monaro, Goulburn and Bega
News
There's no change in Macquarie Street following this weekend's NSW Election as the Berejiklian Barilaro Government retains power. In Monaro, Goulburn, and Bega, incumbent Coalition members have all kept their seats although some are contending with swings against them. NSW Nationals Leader John Barilaro has increased his margin in Monaro despite expectations that the fight might be close. Labor candidate Bryce Wilson...
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