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,...
Podcast 19 – Eurobodalla Youth Forum
Arts & Culture
Some school holiday listening this time around. During Local Government Week recently, Eurobodalla Shire Council made space for the youth of the shire. Senior students from Carroll College and St Peter’s Anglican College at Broulee, and Batemans Bay High School were given time to address Council – including Mayor, Liz Innes and Deputy Mayor, Anthony Mayne. One of the Shire’s...
Coasties farewell Tassie ahead of Karl Posselt Cup weekend
Sport
Months of training and fundraising have come together for fourteen lads from the Bega Valley and Eastern Victoria competing in the Launceston Soccer Tournament last weekend (Sept 22,23,24) in Tasmania. The group of thirteen-year olds came from Bega, Merimbula, Eden, and Mallacoota, playing in the sky-blue jersey of the Far South Coast Soccer Association (FSCSA). It’s been somewhat of a...
Podcast 18 – a local perspective on feminism in the 21st century
Arts & Culture
In the depths of a Bega winter around 70 people turned out to the Bega Campus of the University of Wollongong to hear a local perspective on Feminism in the 21st Century. Local writers group Mnemosyne posed the question – ‘Is feminism still relevant?’ A lively discussion followed. Your host will introduce you to the panel and the meaning of...
Eddie Blewett and his community point to ‘The Power of One’
Health & Wellbeing
This time last week I was witness to the most amazing thing. A fourteen year old boy went to Canberra and caught the ear of national media and the alternative government. Last Tuesday's 'event' on the lawn in front of Parliament House was born from Eddie Blewett's experience 12 months prior. Eddie and his two mums traveled from their home...
Amazon suggests a ‘new type of farm’ for the Bega Valley
Arts & Culture
Young local tech heads have been recognised by one of the world's biggest companies - Amazon. The shout out from Teresa Carlson, Vice President of Amazon Web Services (AWS) came at a recent conference in Canberra and signals the start of a relationship between the 427 U.S billion dollar company and the Bega Valley. Thirty-two IT students from Lumen Christi...
A look at what’s to come – the Tathra to Bega Community Bike Ride
Environment
A Community Bike Ride from Tathra to Bega later this month will showcase the vision and potential of the ambitious plan to build a permanent track between the two towns. Over $3 million in State Government funding earlier this year has turned the idea into a reality. “We’ve been talking about this for a long time so to secure this...
Small communities represented on new Snowy Monaro Regional Council
Arts & Culture
Small towns have made their presence felt after the first flush of counting in the Snowy Monaro Regional Council election. Just over 10,200 of yesterday's votes have been counted at this point, with 11 new councillor positions to be decided from a field of 27 candidates. Former Bombala Mayor and grazier Bob Stewart has polled the most votes with 1,447, followed...
Fire danger signs – Who changes them? What do they mean?
Environment
The truth behind the workings of the region's 'Fire Danger Rating Signs' isn't as colourful as I'd hoped. However, it is another indicator of the commitment and dedication of the Rural Fire Service in South East NSW and a reminder of the devastating potential that exists in the environment we live in. Where ever I travel these signs of green,...
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