Tathra’s Eddie Blewett returns to Canberra – we’ve got ya back Eddie!
Health & Wellbeing
In September 2016 Tathra’s Eddie Blewett stole Question Time in the Federal Parliament. Eddie travelled to Canberra with his mums Claire Blewett and Neroli Dickson and other Rainbow Families asking MP’s to stop the plebiscite on same sex marriage and to have a free vote in Parliament. Among the politicians they met was deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek, who took...
Pambula art activist fighting to restore Namatjira legacy
Arts & Culture
Momentum has been building in recent months around a film called the 'Namatjira Project'. ABC Radio National and the countries big newspapers have been detailing the story behind the film on an almost weekly basis. A South East local has been one of those with her hands on the lever driving the campaign. It's a captivating tale involving one of Australia's...
Postcard 4 from Timor Leste – Natarbora. By Tim Holt
Arts & Culture
Wednesday dawns, I’ve woken early to the deep throated chanting from the nearby mosque that melds into early morning prayer and song from the Catholic Sisters at Fatuhada. Ahead lies the 150 kilometres to Natarbora, it doesn’t sound far, but from Dave’s experience, it will be a long and painful trip. This morning though we are feeling somewhat reassured that...
Making an informed choice for Snowy Monaro Regional Council this Saturday
Arts & Culture
A new era in Local Government is set to bloom with elections for Snowy Monaro Regional Council this Saturday (September 9) ending 16 months of administration by former Cooma Mayor, Dean Lynch. Pre-Poll voting is already underway at Jindabyne, Berridale, Cooma, and Bombala with 27 candidates contesting 11 positions in the merged council chamber. Familiar names on your ballot paper include Bob...
Where will the rainbow flag appear next in South East NSW?
Health & Wellbeing
A rainbow flag flying high above Cobargo Post Office this week seems to be part of a growing trend, with friends of About Regional also keen to raise the colours of gay pride in a show of support. The rainbow flag has been a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride and advocacy since the late 70’s. San Francisco...
‘Pop’ Lucas to be remembered 75 years after letter from King George.
Arts & Culture
The Bega Valley is about to recognise the contribution of one local father to World War 2. A tribute plaque will be dedicated in Bega on Friday, 1 September at 11 am telling the story of Henry ‘Pop’ Lucas and his nine sons that went to war. The grandson of Henry Lucas, Guy said most families of the time had...
Eurobodalla protesters move in on Member for Gilmore
Health & Wellbeing
The Eurobodalla wing of the Refugee Action Collective held a protest today at the office of local MP Ann Sudmalis. The action was lead by Moruya's Bernie Richards who has almost 20 years experience with the Australian Federal Police and the Department of Immigration, including time as a Senior Investigator with the People Smuggling Strike Team. "I used to go...
Podcast 17 – Gabrielle Powell and the People of the Sun
Arts & Culture
https://vimeo.com/230550888 Gabrielle Powell is one of those familiar faces around Bega, but she has just had an experience that took her way beyond her Pedan Street base. For almost 11 years Gabrielle has been the manager of the town’s Women’s Resource Centre. With long service leave in her sails, Gabrielle took off for Malawi in South East Africa, a country...
Hall of Service to take soil from 65 South East locations
Arts & Culture
Soil collected from sixty-five war memorials across South East New South Wales will be featured in a new state memorial honouring First World War veterans and their hometowns. The Office of Veterans Affairs is overseeing the program, which is collecting soil from almost 1,700 WW1 enlistment locations for an art installation in what will be known as the Hall of...
Tathra made taiko drums head west to the beat of Japanese tradition
Arts & Culture
Twenty-four Japanese drums hand crafted in the salty air of Tathra are being delivered to Western New South Wales today. "We often stop work to watch whales breach and blow their spray," Luke Hamilton says. Luke and Chris Korvin are both drummers with the Bega Valley based Stonewave Taiko but have branched out to create their own taiko making business....
Spring is supposedly just around the corner, actually it’s here! By Kathleen McCann
Environment
Are you set to get into spring and all that it entails - making your garden ready for the next few months of warming conditions? In some gardens on the south coast, plants (as well as animals and birds!) have already begun their explosion of flowers, perfume, and accelerated growth. What to do? Well, hopefully you've survived the challenge of...
Marriage equality – have you got the energy for this? South East locals hope you do.
Health & Wellbeing
The disappointment around the postal plebiscite on marriage equality is real and bitter for many, but it seems it is the only course of action available to bury this boring issue once and for all. Boring because for so long the vast majority of Australian's have understood that 'Love is Love' yet the months/years of political scratching around has disillusioned...
Eurobodalla, Bega Valley and Monaro firefighters at work in Canadian wildfires
Environment
Fire fighters from South East NSW are about to step into the heat of the Canadian wildfire season, with British Columbia ravaged by more than 3,300 fires since early July. As the third wave of NSW fire fighters prepares to leave tomorrow (Wednesday) the situation on the ground in Kamloops, about four hours bus drive east of Vancouver is deteriorating....
Colouring for change in Cooma, lead by local teens
Arts & Culture
High school students from Cooma have combined with a locally based, online fashion house in a colourful approach to tackling family violence. The idea of a workplace 'Colourathon' is being trialed at Birdsnest in Cooma, with female students from Monaro High School preparing to launch the idea nationally in November. New 'Colourathon for Corporates' kits come packed with everything a business...
Postcard 3 from Timor Leste – Balibo and Ego Lemos. By Tim Holt
Arts & Culture
I wake before 6am to the sounds of the Sisters and the congregation singing during early morning prayers. The beauty of their voices and harmonies is mesmerising, an absolute joy to experience... The day dawns overcast, hot & sticky. The temperature hovers around 34 degrees during the day dipping to just 24 overnight. So I have no complaint about the...
Calling candidates for Snowy Monaro Regional Council
Environment
The wheels of democracy are starting to spin again across the High Country with nominations now open for candidates at the September 9 Local Council Election. Eleven councilors will sit in the chamber of the merged Snowy Monaro Regional Council, which has been run for the past 15 months by former Cooma Mayor, Dean Lynch. In his role as Administrator,...
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