PODCAST: Bushfire 12 months on – Reedy Swamp, Vimy Ridge, Tathra
Podcast
As the one year anniversary of the Reedy Swamp, Vimy Ridge, and Tathra Bushfire approaches many in the community will be feeling the effects of the last 12 months. It's been a crazy busy time for many. Activity always implies progress and suggests a 'recovery' that should be well advanced, but that is not everyone's experience. Milestones, like March 18, will challenge those...
Jindabyne candidates forum drives Brumbies debate further
Environment
All six candidates contesting the seat of Monaro in the NSW Election gathered in Jindabyne on Friday night for a Q&A with the community hosted by the Jindabyne Chamber of Commerce. The night dealt with climate change, rural land management, infrastructure, local government mergers, and pressures within the local tourist industry but it was the management of Brumbies within Kosziusko National...
Kameruka’s Pink Cockatoos celebrate first season of women’s cricket
Sport
It's the first official season of women's cricket for the Far South Coast and teams are competing from Eden, Tathra, Kameruka, and South Eurobodalla. Many of the players had only ever played cricket on beaches or at barbeques before the first  'Pink Stumps' charity game for the Jane McGrath Foundation four years ago. The community-oriented fundraising effort eventually grew into this...
Red-bellied black snake an unwanted soccer recruit during Canberra’s busy snake season
News
A chance sighting of a black snake’s tail disappearing under a soccer team’s kit bag in the Googong changing rooms recently led to a surprise discovery when the snake was found to be a venomous red-bellied black snake measuring more than 1.5 metres in length. The sizeable new recruit for the Monaro Panthers Football Club taking shelter under the kit...
Fake bomb shuts down Batemans Bay
News
Monday in Batemans Bay got tipped upside down with the police bomb squad from Sydney flown in by helicopter to deal with a suspicious package. Just before 9 am this morning, staff at an Orient Street business noticed an unattended bag and alerted local police. The surrounding area was cleared as a precaution and an exclusion zone put in place,...
Bega Valley Innovation Hub ready for first round of start-ups
Economy
The Bega Valley Innovation Hub will open its doors on March 14 with the first cohort of local entrepreneurs, start-ups, creatives, and existing business selected and ready to grow a sustainable business in the region. Interest in the iAccelerate business acceleration program offered by the Hub has exceeded expectations with over 21 applications received, with the first cohort chosen on the basis...
Merimbula Scouts robbed while camping at Aragunnu – everything gone
News
A dint in the charm and reputation of the Sapphire Coast, with thousands of dollars in camping gear stolen from local scouts at Aragunnu between Tathra and Bermagui on Sunday morning. Three Venturers from Merimbula Scouts and their two leaders lost everything they had with them, all stolen as they look one last look around this magical place. "I've hiked...
Canberra’s rare and elusive earless dragon caught on camera
News
There has been excitement in Canberra’s wildlife circles this week with one of the world’s rarest reptiles, the tiny grassland earless dragon, being photographed in the Canberra Nature Park shortly after hatching. The tiny lizards, which weigh around five grams, are rarer than pandas with only a few populations on the outskirts of Canberra left. They are also incredibly difficult...
British cyclist’s death on Monaro Highway was avoidable, says coroner
News
A Canberra coroner has found that a cyclist's death after being struck by a car on the Monaro Highway in 2017 was avoidable but was unable to recommend the driver be charged because of a lack of evidence due to the police disposing of his clothing. Elite British cyclist Michael Hall was competing in the ultra-endurance Indian Pacific Wheel Race,...
Abalone warning after busy summer for the black market
News
The taste of abalone is a rare delicacy but one that is chased and prized by those who enjoy the shellfish, its a passion supported by a black market and illegal poachers. The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is warning locals and holidaymakers in the Bega Valley, Eurobodalla, and Shoalhaven to make sure the abalone they purchase is legal and safe...
Queanbeyan-Palerang ratepayers slugged to tune into local ABC radio
Community
Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council carried a motion at its February  27 meeting for the installation of a new transmission tower by a private company at Mount Cronin, just south of the Tallaganda National Park, near Harolds Cross. The service agreement with N-Com Pty Ltd will cost $24,245 pa. The Braidwood and Captains Flat area has had very patchy to no reception...
NSW Election – a snap shot of the week that was in the seat of Bega
News
News and announcements from the NSW Election trail in the seat of Bega are overwhelming. A contest of ideas and for votes is in full swing. Here's a nuts and bolts snapshot of what happened this week in the run-up to March 23.  Andrew Constance, Member for Bega, Liberal: New police station for Bega "Bega’s crime fighters will soon have a...
Kosciuszko Pygmy-possums at risk as Bogong Moth numbers crash
Environment
A young endangered Mountain Pygmy-possum is very lucky to be alive, thanks to the sharp eye of a hiker in the Kosciuszko National Park and efforts of local wildlife group LAOKO. The tiny possum was found in a very poor state, covered with ants, near the Thredbo chair lift, during a bout of hot weather in January. Happily, a hiker...
Nippers descend on Swansea Belmont beach for Surf Championships
Sport
More than 2,500 of Surf Life Saving’s youngest members have descended on Swansea Belmont SLSC for three big days of competition at the NSW Surf Life Saving Championships. Nippers under the age of 14 will compete for their club in both team and individual events on the sand and in the surf, today and over the weekend vying for one...
Dalmeny aged care centre fails to meet accreditation standards
News
The care offered by a Eurobodalla aged care facility has been brought into question. IRT Group CEO, Patrick Reid has apologised to residents and family members of IRT Dalmeny for the centre’s failure to meet accreditation standards. “I’d like to publicly apologise to our residents and families, and to the community that we have not met their expectations of quality...
Shark Drumline trial starts amid community concern and interest
News
News that a SMART drumline trial has been approved for Tathra and Pambula-Merimbula beaches has been met with scepticism, concern for the natural environment, and a degree of interest in local shark information. Lynn McColl writes, "Totally disagree with this decision. Baited and bloody hooks will attract sharks, who when caught will then have a bloody mouth where the hook penetrates." "Seriously...
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