Dual sex sea creatures swamp Far South Coast beaches
Environment
Locals and visitors have been returning beaches along the Eurobodalla and Bega Valley coastline, the chill of winter replaced with the temptation of a swim under big, bright, blue skies. But that springtime enthusiasm has been tempered on some beaches with the mass arrival of familiar but alien looking creatures - Bluebottles. Not one creature but many, these duel sex visitors...
Bega’s Spiral Gallery goes to the dogs!
Arts & Culture
Entries are now open for the “Year of the Dog” Open Art Prize at Bega's Spiral Gallery. Works representing cavorting canines, pampered pooches, faithful friends, and wonderful working dogs are all expected to mark their territory in the renowned Church Street art space between February 16 and March 14. There is a maximum of two works per artist with an entry...
Cooma MotorFest shines bright on a HUGE weekend
Arts & Culture
My car sits in the driveway at home covered by dust day in day out, rain is the only thing that gets my Subaru sparkling. A couple of hours at Cooma MotorFest on Saturday (Nov 4) is not going to change that but it has left its mark. Brilliant blue Monaro skies backed the hard work of the Cooma Car...
Podcast 20 – When nan and pop have to be mum and dad
Health & Wellbeing
Podcast 20 features an extraordinary group of people who have just started meeting regularly to support each other through challenges and troubles that most would find impossible. This group of a dozen or more grandparents are raising their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The parents of these kids have deserted them for a range of reasons and these grandparents – the parents...
“I am a wealthy man Ian, my family stuck together” – Bombala’s Ron Milliner.
Environment
Bombala's Ron and Lexie Milliner have worked hard, smart and with passion all their lives, they are now moving towards a kind of retirement that will keep them busy, but see them enjoying the spoils of their labour. Six months ago they all but wound up their long-running earth moving business. "We wanted to dismantle things while we still had our...
Postcard 5 from Timor Leste – Natarbora to Dili and home. By Tim Holt
Environment
After two days in Natarbora we're once again on the road, and pass a sign that is a reminder of Timor Leste’s national symbol and why it's unwise to swim in the ocean or the coastal streams and waterways. Our troopcarrier is fully laden for the long journey, luggage for the four of us, Dave’s travelling guitar, three bags of...
Tourism showcase highlights local landmarks to global travel agents
Environment
Foreign travel agents have just experienced a free Eurobodalla and Bega Valley holiday - all in the name of research for their customers back home. Not a bad gig! NSW Tourism Minister, Adam Marshall says, "We want to ensure that international travel agents are well informed about Australia's number one state for tourism." "Helping put money into local pockets and boosting...
Historic Bombala school given a future as part of the community
Arts & Culture
Plans are underway to turn the Bombala Infants School into a place of learning again, with a safety net in place guaranteeing a positive outcome for the community. Locals were taken by surprise when an auction sign went up on the school's fence back in June. The site overlooking the town first opened as a place of learning in 1863. James Poulton,...
Butts binned in Littleton Gardens campaign – litter down 80%
Environment
A simple campaign to rid Bega’s Littleton Gardens of dirty cigarette butts is working, as spring takes hold and new growth claims its place. Volunteer Gardener’s Geoffrey Grigg and Marshall Campbell erected handmade “Bin Your Butt” signs throughout the garden three weeks ago. “We’ve seen an 80% reduction in the amount of cigarette butts littering the lawn and garden areas,” ...
Wapengo Lake koala returned to the treetops north of Tathra
Environment
'Briny’ the young, male koala rescued by a Wapengo oyster farm last week was yesterday released back into the wild. Chris Allen, Threatened Species Officer at the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) said the koala had made a good recovery in care at Potoroo Palace and yesterday clambered up a tree on a property north of Tathra. “Briny, named...
Eurobodalla and Bega Valley legends countdown to Gold Coast Commonwealth Games
Health & Wellbeing
Thousands of "local legends" around Australia have just been told they will carry the Queen’s Baton through their community in the run-up to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games - 19 Bega Valley and Eurobodalla locals are among them... Peter Anderson, Malua Bay Robert Blake, Malua Bay Darren Browning, Tomakin Ann Brummell, Batemans Bay Anthony Fahey, Dalmeny Leah Hearne, Lilli Pilli...
“When there are only 50 left, every koala counts,” – Chris Allen, NSW OEH
Environment
Small, fragile, and very precious communities of koalas scattered in the forests between Bermagui and Tathra are not only opening doors to their own survival but also the survival of their cousins around our continent. Bega's Chris Allen has been keeping watch over local populations since 1996, and since 2001 has coordinated a survey and research program through the NSW...
Eurobodalla and Bega Valley locals say “Stop Adani”
Environment
South East locals have been part of national protest action against the Adani coal mine proposed for North Queensland. Protesters turned out in forty-five locations from Adelaide to Bondi to Bunbury over the weekend. Locally, Eurobodalla 350 estimates around 250 people attended their protest at Congo Beach on Saturday, holding placards to spell out #STOP ADANI. "We demand the federal government halt Adani’s...
The Bega Valley’s ‘Shirl’ – changing the face of portraiture
Arts & Culture
Melbourne based artist Samantha Sommariva AKA Misklectic and her portrait of performance artist Mossy is the winner of Australia’s only youth portrait prize, the $10,000 ‘The Shirl’. The Shirl is the little sister event to The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award that also attracts a significant cash prize. Both prizes are supported by the Bega Valley Regional Gallery’s patron Peter...
Time shift: the wonder of Kosciuszko’s caves. By Kate Burke
Environment
In an already diverse landscape, Yarrangobilly Caves adds an x-factor to South East NSW that is rare and special. Despite being brought up Catholic, I haven’t had religion for a long while. Still, I remember fondly the time spent in old, cool churches – the smell of stone, the peace, the sense of endless time. The late folk singer Michael Kennedy...
Merimbula twins to stage ‘Oprah the Opera’ in San Francisco
Arts & Culture
Twin brothers from Merimbula have crafted a musical about one of the best-known and most influential women in the world, but its just one of a number of productions launching in 2018 for the Willis boys. 'Oprah the Opera' will open in San Francisco during the second half of 2018 and charts the life of America media proprietor, talk show host,...
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